Irish singer Danny Doyle, who once beat ABBA in the charts, has died aged 79
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Irish singer Danny Doyle, who once beat ABBA in the charts, has died aged 79

LEGENDARY IRISH folk singer Danny Doyle has died.

The showband icon, 79, passed away in America, his adopted homeland where he had resettled in 1983.

Danny was hugely popular in Ireland in the 1970’s and 80’s, famously beating Abba’s ‘Take A Chance on Me’ to clinch first place on Irish music charts, and many people in the Emerald Isle will be mourning the news of his passing today.

He had a total of 3 No. 1 singles throughout his career and recorded an impressive 25 albums overall, performing in iconic venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York city and Albert Hall in London.

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Tributes are flooding in from Ireland and beyond, many making reference to Danny’s gentle character and trademark Irish wit.

The Dublin-born man had always been destined to be an Irish musical legend, dropping out of school at 14 years old and learning songs by listening to travelling Irish musicians. He became a travelling man himself, exploring the vast Irish countryside and becoming inspired by the beauty he found all around him.

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His hits, which include ‘Whiskey on a Sunday’ and ‘The Rare Ould Times’ will carry on his memory, and Ireland is not likely to ever forget Danny Doyle.