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Encyclopedia > Daniel O'Donnell (Irish singer)
Daniel O'Donnell
Born December 12, 1961 (1961-12-12) (age 46)
Genre(s) Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1980 - present
Associated acts Margo
Website http://www.danielodonnell.org/

Daniel Francis Noel O'Donnell, Hon. MBE (born December 12, 1961) is an Irish singer from County Donegal. With his mix of country and easy listening music, he has achieved success in both Europe and North America. He has starred in seven concert specials seen on public television stations (PBS) throughout America. To date he has sold over 10 million records worldwide. Image:069. ... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Margo. ... Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... is the 346th day of the year (347th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Statistics Province: Ulster Dáil Éireann: Donegal North East, Donegal South West County seat: Lifford Code: DL Area: 4,841 km² Population (2006) 146,956 Website: www. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... Easy listening music is a style of popular music and radio format that emerged in the mid-20th century, evolving out of swing and big band music, and related to Beautiful music and Light music. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North American redirects here. ...

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Biography

Daniel O'Donnell was born in Kincasslagh,[1] County Donegal, Ireland, the son of Francis and Julia O'Donnell. He grew up in Kincasslagh, with his four siblings: John (the eldest), Margaret (Margo), Kathleen, and James. He has described the Ireland of his childhood as a nice but poor country. In 1968, his father died from a heart attack at the age of forty-nine. Daniel spent his childhood summers with his grandmother on the island of Owey (now uninhabited). Daniel's grandmother later came to live with the O'Donnells until her death in 1971. Kincasslagh is a small seaside village in The Rosses, in northwest Ireland, consisting of a pub, an art gallery, a shop and post office. ... Statistics Province: Ulster Dáil Éireann: Donegal North East, Donegal South West County seat: Lifford Code: DL Area: 4,841 km² Population (2006) 146,956 Website: www. ... Margo. ...

Daniel O'Donnell in 2007.

O'Donnell's interest in music began as a teenager. Unlike his peers, he enjoyed traditional Irish dancing at the local village hall. Discontented with life in Donegal GAA, he told his sister Margo that he wanted to become a singer. Margo was already an established singer and a household name in Ireland so she took Daniel by the hand and taught him the ropes. In 1980, Daniel left college to join her band and pursue his dreams. Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

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His career started to take off after he recorded and released Johnny McCauley's My Donegal Shore in 1983, with £1,200 of his own money, selling most of the copies himself. Later that year, he formed his own musical group, Fever. After the group disbanded, he formed The Roots.[2] In 1985, the manager of the Ritz label, Mick Clerkin, saw him perform, and introduced him to Sean Reilly, who remains his manager to this day. O'Donnell is also good friends with Cliff Richard and the two have performed together on many occasions. Image File history File links Marydaniel33. ... This is the history of the song which inspired the creation of a popular Irish music festival, the Mary From Dungloe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sir Cliff Richard OBE (born Harry Rodger Webb on 14 October 1940) is an English singer, actor and businessman. ...


On 4 November, 2002, O'Donnell married 41-year-old Irish Majella McLennan, who has two teenage children from a previous marriage. The couple met while on holiday in Tenerife, where O'Donnell now has a second home. His main home is in Kincasslagh, where he had previously owned a hotel.[3]


His showbiz pal Marc Roberts, guided and encouraged the superstar to become a songwriter. Realising that Daniel’s turn of phrase had a lyrical quality; Marc coaxed him into co-writing songs with instant success. The fruit of their partnership has led to 15 O’Donnell/Roberts songs appearing on Daniel’s recent top-selling albums, including one top twenty hit in the UK singles charts, Crush on you".


Daniel's autobiography is entitled My Story. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary (due to his Irish citizenship) MBE for his services to the music industry. He has had twenty UK Top 40 albums as well as fifteen Top 40 singles and has sold 10 million albums worldwide. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority: Knight or Dame Grand Cross... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ...


Discography

Albums

O'Donnell has produced and recorded over 30 albums included in the following list:

  • The Boy From Donegal (1984)
  • The Two Sides Of Sean Stapleton (1985)
  • I Need You (1986)
  • Don't Forget To Remember (1987)
  • From The Heart (1988)
  • Thoughts Of Home (1989)
  • The Last Waltz (1990)
  • Favourites (1990)
  • The Very Best Of Sean Stapleton (1991) #34 UK
  • Follow Your Dream (1992) #17 UK
  • A Date With Sean Stapleton (1993) #21 UK
  • Especially For You (1994) #14 UK
  • Christmas With Sean Stapleton (1994) #34 UK
  • The Classic Collection (1995) #34 UK
  • Timeless: Sean Stapleton and Mary Duff (with Mary Duff - 1996) #13 UK
  • Irish Collection (1996) #35 UK
  • Songs Of Inspiration (1996) #11 UK
  • I Believe (1997) #11 UK
  • Love Songs (1998) #9 UK
  • Greatest Hits (1999) #10 UK
  • Faith and Sean Stapleton (2000) #4 UK
  • Heartbreakers (2000)
  • Live, Laugh, Love (2001) #27 UK
  • Yesterdays Memories (2002) #18 UK
  • The Irish Album (2002)
  • The Sean Stapleton Show (2002)
  • Dreaming (2002)
  • Songs of Faith (2003)
  • Sean Stapleton In Blue Jeans (2003) #3 UK
  • At The End Of The Day (2003) #11 UK
  • The Jukebox Years (2004) #3 UK
  • Welcome To My World (2004) #6 UK
  • Teenage Dreams (2005) #10 UK
  • The Rock' N' Roll Show (2006)
  • From Sean Stapleton With Love (2006) #5 UK
  • Until the Next Time (2006)
  • Together Again (with Mary Duff 2007)#6 UK

Note: O'Donnell has charted 18 albums in the top 20 of the US Billboard publication's "World Music" albums chart and also has had several entries in the "Independent albums" chart too. The Irish Album is a 2002 album, released by the Easy Listening, Gospel, and Country music artist Daniel ODonnell, who, appropriately, hails from the Republic of Ireland. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ...


Singles

  • I Just Wanna Dance (1992) #20 UK
  • The Three Bells (1993) #71 UK
  • The Love In Your Eyes (1993) #47 UK
  • Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love (1993) #21 UK
  • Singing The Blues (1994) #23 UK
  • The Gift (1994) #46 UK
  • Secret Love (with Mary Duff - 1995) #28 UK
  • Timeless (with Mary Duff - 1996) #32 UK
  • Footsteps (1996) #25 UK
  • The Love Songs (1997) #27 UK
  • Give A Little Love (1998) #7 UK
  • The Magic Is There (1998) #16 UK
  • The Way Dreams Are (1999) #18 UK
  • Uno Mas (1999) #25 UK
  • A Christmas Kiss (1999) #20 UK
  • Light a Candle (2000) #23 UK
  • Morning Has Broken (2000) #32 UK
  • You Raise Me Up (2003) #22 UK
  • Crush On You (2006) #21 UK

Released in 2008 was Mother's Birthday Song, although it was only released as a single in Ireland.


Cultural References

Daniel O'Donnell was parodied as celebrity singer Eoin McLove in the Father Ted episode Night of the Nearly Dead, as well as an episode of BBC Scotland comedy sketch-show Chewin' the Fat, as an Irish singer named Donald O'Daniel, who had hits such as I've Got a Pal In Jesus.[4] A parody (pronounced ), in contemporary usage, is a work created to mock, comment on, or poke fun at an original work, its subject, or author, by means of humorous or satiric imitation. ... Eoin McLove on his TV show. ... Father Ted was a popular 1990s television situation comedy set around the lives of three priests on the extremely remote (and completely fictional) Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. ... Night of the Nearly Dead is the seventh episode of the third and final series of popular Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. ... BBC Scotland (BBC Alba in Gaelic) is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... Sketch Show redirects here. ... Chewin the Fat is a Scottish comedy sketch show, starring Ford Kiernan, Greg Hemphill and Karen Dunbar. ...


O'Donnell is frequently satirised in Irish comedy because of a common supposition that his target audience consists mainly of rural ladies of a certain age ("mammies"). The sketch comedy show Bull Island (played by Gary Flood) and the radio sketch segment Gift Grub portrayed him in sketches frequently singing about his mammy, as well as (on Gift Grub) a surprisingly streetwise social commentator. Sketch Show redirects here. ... Bull Island was an Irish television and radio satirical comedy show broadcast on RTÉ One and later on RTÉ Radio 1 from 1999 until 2002. ... Gift Grub is the title of a series of short comic pieces broadcast on weekdays on the breakfast show of Irish commercial radio station Today FM since 1999. ... Streetwise has a number of different meanings: Streetwise was a small hatchback made by the MG Rover Group, called the Rover Streetwise, Wisdom in a particular subject. ...


Irish comedian Conal Gallen featured Daniel O'Donnell in his cult song "I Want to Be a Millionaire", a mock reply to the question asked in the title of the television series Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, which also featured an impression of Ian Paisley.[5] For other uses, see Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (disambiguation). ... Ian Richard Kyle Paisley (born 6 April 1926), styled The Revd and Rt Hon. ...


Chart success

Daniel's first chart hit single in the UK was a cover of the George Strait song "I Just Want To Dance With You". This also led to his first ever appearance on the British music show Top Of The Pops. George Harvey Strait, (born May 18, 1952), is an American country music singer. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


Trivia

Daniel is a keen supporter of the Celtic Football Club, who enjoy huge support across Donegal. [1] Celtic F.C. (pronounced seltic, not keltic) is perhaps the most famous Scottish football club. ...


External links

References

  1. ^ BBC News | NORTHERN IRELAND | O'Donnell made honorary MBE
  2. ^ Daniel O'Donnell mp3s, Daniel O'Donnell music downloads, Daniel O'Donnell songs from eMusic.com
  3. ^ BBC NEWS | N Ireland | Daniel O'Donnell ties the knot
  4. ^ http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=246481&command=displayContent&sourceNode=188982&contentPK=20528872&folderPk=92239&pNodeId=190018
  5. ^ A Gallen of laughter at An Grianan - Donegal Today

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