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Biography

  • Born

    28 April 1940

  • Born In

    Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

  • Died

    6 August 2019 (aged 79)

Danny Doyle (28 April 1940 – 6 August 2019) was an Irish folk singer.

After leaving school at the age of fourteen, Doyle started doing odd jobs, including working as general factotum in Dublin's Pike Theatre, where he began to pick up, from the travelling players, songs from the Irish countryside.

During the 1960s and 1970s, he was one of the top Irish singers, regularly featuring in the Irish charts and scoring three No.1 singles (notably displacing ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me" after just one week at the top). He has recorded 25 albums, including Emigrant Eyes, a collaboration with his sister Geraldine, a comedian popular in Australia. He is probably best known for his 1967 number one hit "Whiskey on a Sunday".

He has appeared in concert throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, New York and the Albert Hall, London.

Although retired from performing, he joined numerous musicians on stage at the end of the 2010 Milwaukee Irish Fest, in what is known as the Scattering.

Discography

Selected singles
"Step it Out Mary" / "Pretty Saro" (IE #4) December, 1966
"Irish Soldier Laddie" / "Morning Train" (IE #7) April, 1967
"Step It Out Mary" / "Sam Hall" / "Early Morning Rain" / 2Red Haired Mary" EP, May 1967
"Whiskey on a Sunday" / "Reason To Believe" (IE #1) September 1967
"The Mucky Kid" / "Gone Away" (IE #17) March, 1968
"Johnny" / "Leaving On A Jet Plane" October, 1968
"The Long and Winding Road" June 1970
"Take Me Home Country Roads" August 1971
"The Green Hills of Kerry"
"A Daisy a Day" / "Far Away In Australia" (IE #1) May, 1973
"Thanks for the Memories" / "Kentucky Moonshine" (IE #2) January, 1974
"A Very Special Love Song" / "Morning Bells Will Chime" (IE #11) July, 1974
"Jesus Is My Kind Of People" / "Penny Annie" February, 1975
"Somewhere, Somebody's Waiting" (IE #5) September, 1976
"The Rare Auld Times" (IE #1) January, 1978
"Old Dublin Town" / "Bells of the Morning" 1978
"The Rare Auld Times" / "Old Dublin Town" (re-release) (IE #14) 1979

Albums
Expressions of Danny Doyle, 1967
Whiskey On A Sunday, 1970
Danny Doyle, 1971
Grand Ole Irish Opry, 1973
Raised on Songs and Stories
The Highwayman, 1982
Twenty Years A-Growing
Collection Vol. 1 (Emerald Encore)
Collection Vol. 2
Folkmaster's Ensemble
Under a Connemara Moon
Classic Collection
St. Brendan's Fair Isle
Emigrant Eyes
The Wearing of the Green

Books
The Gold Sun of Freedom (with Terrance Folan)
Festival Legends, Songs & Stories (John O'Brien Jr.)
References

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