Monday 27 January 2020

Country and Irish legend Johnny McCauley dies in London aged 86

JOHNNY McCauley - the man who gave Daniel O’Donnell his recording break – has died.

McCauley, the Donegal-born London-based composer of some of the biggest hits in Country and Irish music, passed away at a London Nursing home today. He was 86.

The singer/songwriter wrote more than 80 songs in a career that began at the famous Galtymore Club in London, in 1953.

His songs launched the careers of Larry Cunningham, Big Tom and Daniel O’Donnell.

Cunningham took ‘Among The Wicklow Hills’ to No.2 in the Irish Top Ten in 1966 and another McCauley composition ‘Pretty Little Girl From Omagh’ reached No.10 in 1969.

Later Big Tom & The Mainliners scored their biggest ever success with the McCauley composition ‘Four Country Roads’, which reached no.5 in 1981.

Daniel O’Donnell’s first recording was ‘My Donegal Shore’ composed by McCauley.

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