Val Doonican

1927 - 2015 (Age 88)


LONDON (AP) — Val Doonican, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him an icon of light entertainment, has died. He was 88.

Doonican's family said he died Wednesday at a nursing home in southern England. They gave the cause as "just old age."

Sometimes known as "Ireland's Bing Crosby," Doonican was born in Waterford, Ireland, in 1927 and performed for years in clubs and on radio in Ireland and Britain before making his breakthrough.

He had a string of British chart hits through the 1960s and '70s, including "Walk Tall," ''The Special Years" and "Elusive Butterfly."

On "The Val Doonican Show," which ran on BBC television from 1965 to 1986, the singer performed easy-listening pop songs, often while wearing woolen pullovers. For his many, fans he was a reassuring presence. One album was called "Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently."

Veteran British entertainer Bruce Forsyth remembered Doonican as "a lovely man to work with. ... He had the warmth, the voice and the sweaters."

Doonican is survived by his wife, Lynne, and two daughters.

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There are no entertainers like Val left.He was a terrific show man.

Remembering you on your Birthday Val and always.
Loved watching all your shows and saw you live in Manchester. Miss you XXX

I watched val doonican as a child, good memories of a very pleasant time.

as a young scout in de la salle waterford i remember val visiting our scouthall and chatted with us and recalling his own memories when he was a scout in the same hall.he was always smiling and he always enjoyed his trips back home.he never forgot his roots.utter gentleman.bed of heaven to you val.

Such a gentle man in every sense

Val you will always be remembered. My heart goes out Lynne and all the family. So many years have passed. May you Rest in Peace. Lynne my thoughts are with you always x

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal". Helen & Anna-Maria