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Daniel Francis Noel O'Donnell (born 12 December ) is an Irish singer, television presenter . O'Donnell is known for his close relationship with his fans and has a meet-and-greet session after almost every concert. He used to 34 UK; Timeless: Daniel O'Donnell and Mary Duff (with Mary Duff – ) No. 13 UK , # He maintains an ongoing professional relationship with Irish vocalist Mary Duff with whom he often performs with in concert. With his. The Premier Interview with Daniel O'Donnell & Mary Duff. From Recommends 7 Years ago. Related Media. Related Media; Most Popular; New Arrivals.
He was a very holy man, too. And, I believe, a very good person. From what people say about him - people always talk good about the dead, but I think he was extraordinary when it came to people.
Daniel O'Donnell breaks down in tears as mum Julia laid to rest - Irish Mirror Online
He used to go to Scotland like a lot of people in Donegal and the west coast - Mayo and that area. He would go away in the winter time and he would go work on farms. Then he would come home for other periods and do turf and set potatoes and all that kind of thing," Daniel says, adding that in relation to his mother's joie de vivre: The people have a quick comment at home that would be so the right comment for the moment and it would be so funny and comical but you'd need to be in the moment to get it.
By accident, Daniel provides an example of his particular sense of playfulness and wit when he notices that a few buttons on his shirt are open, revealing ample chest hair.
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With the moon peeping over the mountain down on his swimming pool tonight, Daniel can remember vividly the moment he realised he wanted to sing. It was like an out-of-body experience for the teenager - a Daniel epiphany.
Daniel O'Donnell breaks down in tears as mum Julia laid to rest
They were singing along with it. I could see a smile, a happiness. I thought, 'I'm really happy doing this. Wouldn't it be great to do this all the time?
So it was kind of a strange thing for two people in a family to be successful at. You know if you want to be a doctor and you have the ability and education, you can have 10 doctors in the house," he says. So I went on to Galway to the regional college, doing business, and I knew when I was there that I would always wonder what would it have been like.
I left there and I travelled with Margaret for two years. He recorded his first single, My Donegal Shore. I was nearly frightened to come out.
One of the band looked out and said to me, 'Daniel, there's people everywhere. And from then on, that was how it was," he says. After that concert, anonymity was pretty much over forever for Daniel O'Donnell. We got punt. It was quite amazing. I had thought about giving up before that, before it started to happen for me.
I think the fact when I go back to that thing of getting the opportunity to sing. It wasn't just that I wanted to sing. I wanted to sing what I wanted to sing. I can hear the night birds outside in the courtyard as Daniel thinks back on it all.
That was between and I do think that the one thing that I would have liked when I was starting was encouragement from people who were established. I just had a tunnel vision. I must be determined but I don't come across as a very determined individual. I'm very calm and relaxed. I suppose I had that determination. I loved the music.
Daniel O'Donnell on sunny days with Majella and facing darker times
And I couldn't believe that the people who liked country music in the Seventies I didn't have to alter it that much to make it successful. I was what I was. I haven't the head for a hat," he hoots. But then people say you make your own luck. I do think, 'It will not last forever. I don't know which. Would he ever do an album with Majella? But Majella hasn't really the interest in singing. The other thing about it is that it is difficult sometimes for a man and a woman to sing together, to get the arrangements right.
Now when Majella and I sing together," he says, "there is a lot of work. That's the difference in us. She has it out, whether it is right or wrong. And then I have to correct it most of the time," he laughs. Daniel adds that the things he thought "you couldn't compromise on in a relationship don't feel important.
Now I can't say what they are - because I don't know what they were," he laughs. It's like the walls are almost cardboard. They bend without any bother. So I think when you meet the right person, it is the right person. She would do all the cooking. But it won't be French cuisine. I wouldn't cook as a rule.
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I never cooked as a younger fella. The few times I lived on my own I would cook just for myself; I would have something to eat. But I have no desire to cook and it is not on my list of things to do," he laughs. His bowl of ice-cream long since demolished, Daniel seems a man apart from the music industry, a year-old full of sincerity, the owner of a heart without malice, the soul of a poet - a character with a quirky tongue on him and a way about him to match.
Despite this, a career in music was also always a possibility. As a youngster, O'Donnell performed in the local religious choir. Inhe went to Galway to pursue business studieshowever, he never settled down and by Christmas he was in his sister Margo 's band. Margo had already forged a successful career in Ireland. Career[ edit ] Rise to fame[ edit ] Not getting enough opportunities to perform solos with the band, in O'Donnell decided to record his own record. Later that year, he formed his own musical group, Country Fever.
After the group disbanded, he formed The Grassroots. Inthe manager of the Ritz label, Mick Clerkin, saw him perform and introduced him to Sean Reilly, who remains as his manager to this day.
Under the management of Reilly, O'Donnell started to sell concerts out in England on a regular basis. According to O'Donnell, by Januaryhe had hit rock bottom with exhaustion. After a three-month recovery break, he returned to the stage, this time at the Point TheatreDublin. He appeared on popular television shows in both countries and won various awards. Among the accolades, O'Donnell was named Donegal Person of the Year inwhich he still rates as the best award. He was given the Irish Entertainer of the Year award inand This also led to his first-ever appearance on Top of the Pops.
During his lengthy career, O'Donnell has made friends with his childhood idols, including Cliff Richard and Loretta Lynn.