DANIEL "THE PIANO MAN" PATRICK DORAN Daniel "The Piano Man" Patrick Doran, 64, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on August 3, 2016, after losing his battle with brain cancer. Dan was born on July 2, 1952, to the late Anna and Charles Doran. He attended Rockhurst High School and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dan's first love was music. He was a self-taught pianist, and began a professional career in the early 70's playing in various honky-tonks across the Kansas City metro with a long list of bands. After a year of touring the US and Canada with the band Spectrum, he returned to Kansas City in '78 and began playing with bands such as The Bourbon Cowboys and The Dixie Cadillacs. Around this time he began his day job with the United States Post Office as a letter carrier. Dan founded The Dan Doran Band in 1988, after a long stint of playing with his idol, Little Hatch. They gained a large local following at such venues as the Grand Emporium and Night Moves. In 1991, they recorded their first album "Alive In Kansas City." It received critical acclaim and heavy air play on Blues stations throughout the world. Dan later released two subsequent albums: "Kansas City," and "Bring it on Home." He was best known for his evocative covers of Van Morrison and his unique performing style, which Kansas City Star music critic Jess Ritter aptly described, referring to him as a "shaggy bionic metronome." There was no request he couldn't oblige. In 2012, after 30 years of service, Dan Doran retired from the post office. His newfound free time allowed him to explore some of his other hobbies, including watching the Kansas City Royals, traveling, and photography. His memory will forever live on in the beautiful music and photos he created, as well as the good, kind, gracious man everyone knew him to be. Dan is survived by his loving wife, Shelley Taylor-Doran, his children, Tom (Lucy), Daniel (Anastasia), Laci (Jason), Hannah (Aries) and Caitlin (Greg), and his grandchildren, Daniel B., Danny M., Audrey, Harmony, and Melody. In keeping with the spirit of Dan's life, and to honor his legacy as a musician, a memorial service and jam session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave., KCMO. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you send all donations to Band of Angels bandofangelskc.com
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Published by Kansas City Star on Aug. 7, 2016.