Prolific singer for more than six decades who became one of Ireland's most popular performers. He is famous for albums like 2001's "Sunshine & Shamrocks."
He studied the saxophone and clarinet at the famed Dublin Music School.
He twice participated in the Irish National Song Contest, singing two songs there in 1966 and returning in 1971.
He was born to parents Mary and Tommy Knowles. He survived esophageal cancer twice.
He and Joe Dolan, whose career spanned more than forty years, are two of Ireland's most beloved singers.