Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Sean Dunphy

Sean Dunphy (November 30 1937 - May 17 2011) was an Irish singer who represented Ireland at the ESC in 1967 with the song If I Could Choose which came 2nd.

Sean Dunphy became famous in his home country as lead singer with The Hoedowners, a showband led by trumpeter Earl Gill. Between 1966 and 1973, fourteen singles by Sean Dunphy and The Hoedowners entered the Irish Charts including, in 1969, two no 1 hits: Lonely Woods of Upton and When The Fields Were White With Daisies. In the late 1970s, Dunphy went on to have two further hits as a solo artist.

Despite undergoing a quadruple heart bypass operation in 2007, Sean Dunphy continued to give live performances up until his death. In March 2009 he sang many of his greatest hits in a one-off concert at Dublin's National Concert Hall. His son Brian is a member of the Irish band, The High Kings.

Sean Dunphy passed away on 17th May, 2011.

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