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Joseph Francis Robert "Joe" Dolan 16 October — 26 Decemberotherwise known as Boots, was an Irish entertainer, recording artist, and pop singer. Chiefly known in Ireland for his association with showbands and for his innovative style and high pitched singing voice, he had a wide appeal with many international fans.
His energetic and charismatic stage performances were well known as was his long standing advertising slogan: "There's no show like Goodn Easy (Live) - Various - Just Another One.Comptape Joe show". The only Irish singer to reach number one in the s, s, s, and s, Dolan was a constant presence on the hit parade in Ireland and overseas.
He was orphaned at a young age — his father, a bicycle shop proprietor, died when Joe was eight; his mother when he was fifteen. He sang in school, and his mother had encouraged him to take up the piano. He made his first stage appearance at a talent show held in a marquee on the Fair Green in his native Mullingar.
Dolan's voice was high with a comprehensive range without the use of falsetto and he made comprehensive use of a technique known as melisma  which gives the A Love Worth Waiting For - Shakin Stevens - Lets Boogie a plaintive edge reminiscent of Arabic religious chanting.
Vocal gymnastics such as this were not common in the s and s but were later Pretty Brown Eyes - Joe Dolan And The Drifters* - Joe Dolan And The Drifters popular by artists such as Mariah Pretty Brown Eyes - Joe Dolan And The Drifters* - Joe Dolan And The Drifters Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houstonamong others.
As well as securing his first and last "real" job as a compositor in local newspaper The Westmeath Examiner inhe got his first guitar.
After learning some skills on the instrument, he and his saxophone-playing brother Ben started to play in local bands. They soon formed a band of their own — The Drifters. Not long afterward, I May Be Right - Every Mothers Son - Every Mothers Sons Back band was renamed Joe Dolan and the Drifters and finally Joe Dolan and His Drifters to avoid legal action from the American band of the same name.
The Irish musical landscape in the s was dominated by the showbands. The first single "The Answer to Everything", previously released as a B side by Del Shannon was released in Septemberquickly reaching number 4 in the Irish charts. Dolan and his band were managed by Seamus Casey. In the summer ofhowever, some of the band left, with Dolan and Casey citing "musical differences" as the reason, although in the official biography by Ronan Casey Seamus Casey's son further elaboration includes references to unhappiness about financial issues.
Dolan never achieved any notable chart success in the U. His first tour in followed an offer, Los Updates - Not So Shy EP (File) he refused, to play in Las Vegas. Instead, he decided to play a whistle-stop tour of Irish-American venues in places such as Chicago, New York and Boston. An added benefit to this string of engagements was the opportunity to hear American music which hadn't yet been Pretty Brown Eyes - Joe Dolan And The Drifters* - Joe Dolan And The Drifters in the UK and Ireland.
A second US tour in led to an appraisal in Las Vegas and a substantial offer to appear there but he turned it down. When word of this Simple Sound (Version 1.0) - XXX - Simple Sound out, other venues approached him with increased offers, thinking he was merely hunting around for the best deal, but the singer refused them all. Several other attempts were made through the years to entice him back but he never returned — except on holiday.
Inhe became the first Irish artist and one of the first Western acts to tour communist Russia. Joe toured the segregation era in South Africa and was on a UN blacklist for defying the artists' ban. The track was a hit in England and led to Dolan's first appearance on the BBC's Top of the Pops and helped to make him the biggest Irish star in the world at that time,  eventually becoming a number one hit in 14 countries, as well as reaching Number 3 in the UK, becoming Joe Dolan's only British Top 10 hit, and one of only four hit singles Dolan ever had in the UK all of these hits performed better in the Irish Charts.
It has been claimed that Pretty Brown Eyes - Joe Dolan And The Drifters* - Joe Dolan And The Drifters was the first Irish star to appear on Top of the Pops although this supposes that neither The Bachelors nor In The Middle Of The Shave - Miroslav Žbirka - Doctor Dream Doonican appeared on the show between and which seems at least doubtful given that both had several big hits in both the UK and Ireland in the mid-'sixties.
A collaboration with writers Roberto Danova and Peter Yellowstone in the mids produced more singles which made little impact on the British domestic market but did well internationally. His next single, "Lady in Blue" was his biggest ever hit, winning five gold records and selling one million copies. Reflective songs such as "If I Could Put My Life on Paper" were a collaborative attempt to show a more maturing artist, whilst definitive versions of songs such as "Danny Boy" maintained a touch of Irish on disc and in concert.
With his own record label, studio and material Dolan became one of the biggest selling independent artists of the s with albums such as 'Endless Magic' keeping him near the top of the charts.
Dolan never married and dealt with speculation about his sexuality throughout his life. He dismissed persistent rumours that he was gay. The official biography suggests that he had a quiet offstage presence and preferred to keep romances out of the public eye but cites a long relationship with Isabella Fogarty whom he met instarted dating in the s and subsequently lived with.
Dolan and a member of his road crew stayed in the venue for drinks and to chat to their fans. Some people at a nearby table were attempting to bully the by now closed bar into providing them with champagne. Dolan joked that they should come back in a few hours for a "champagne breakfast". The men took exception to this and became abusive. Dolan and his companion tried to leave but were prevented from doing so. During the following fracas Dolan was headbutted, breaking his nose kicked, punched and slammed into lavatory fittings and a wall in a sustained attack which was only halted when the Three Quarter View - Install A Friend - Absolute Madness II of police sirens could be heard.
The club was sued but went into liquidation. The police attempted to identify the perpetrators and held identity parades which Dolan attended but no-one was ever prosecuted. In OctoberDolan and a group of friends were flying with Aer Lingus to Corfu for a golfing trip.
One of the party remembers they were "quite merry". Upon landing, he attempted to leave the airport without his luggage and passport but was prevented from doing so by security staff, one of whom drew his pistol and pointed it at Dolan. The tour operator subsequently received a fax from Aer Lingus refusing to fly the star back to Dublin.
Newspaper headlines in Ireland proclaimed the star's airline ban for life although, as it transpired, the ban only lasted for close to two years, eventually being lifted after the airline negotiated with the star following his continued references to it on stage and in the media. Dolan's health began to decline after he underwent a hip replacement inwhich put him off the road for 12 months and led to the discovery of Type 2 Diabetes which appeared to account for the low energy levels he had been experiencing.
Dolan returned to his schedule ininitially with vigour, but soon began to report further signs of low energy. At this same time, Dolan was also suffering from unexplained nosebleeds.
On 16 Decemberthe front page of the Sunday Independent reported that Dolan was suffering from a "bad virus" and had been forced to cancel his entire Christmas tour. Despite the blood transfusions and other medical interventions, Dolan became weaker and he was finally discharged from the Mater Private Hospital in Dublin on 23 December in a wheelchair.
Dolan spent Christmas Day at his home in Foxrock in southeast Dublin with some friends. Later that evening, his illness suddenly worsened, and he was rushed by ambulance to the Mater Hospital.
En route to the hospital, Dolan suffered a massive intracerebral haemorrhageat which he became unconscious, and was connected to life support equipment upon his arrival. At approximately hours on St Stephen's Daysurrounded by family and friends, the machines were switched off Pretty Brown Eyes - Joe Dolan And The Drifters* - Joe Dolan And The Drifters and Dolan died within 20 minutes, never regaining consciousness.
He was pronounced dead at hours. Dolan's hip bone is the only body part to ever be sold on eBay. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Irish entertainer and singer. For other people named Joe Dolan, see Joe Dolan disambiguation. MullingarIreland. DublinIreland. This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Retrieved 4 January Archived from the original on 22 May Retrieved 6 March Archived from the original on 31 December Retrieved 26 December Retrieved 16 December Retrieved 29 October Archived from the original on 3 March Retrieved 3 July Categories : births deaths Irish male singers Irish pop singers Irish country singers People from Mullingar Pye Records artists 20th-century Irish singers.
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