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Irish singer from 'show band' era

December 30, 2007|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Joe Dolan, 68, one of Ireland's first pop music stars who entertained audiences for decades with Las Vegas-style showmanship, died Wednesday in Dublin of a brain hemorrhage, his family announced.

He was the most celebrated -- and fondly caricatured -- survivor of Ireland's bygone "show band" era of the 1960s and '70s, when homegrown rock 'n' roll acts toured the country playing cover versions of international hits.

His biggest hit in 1969, "Make Me an Island," reached No. 3 in Britain and No. 1 in 14 other countries.

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