Апреля 21, 2018

Big Tom McBride, Irish country music star, dies at 81

17 Апреля 2018, 08:53 | Taylor George

Big Tom and Larry Cunningham back in the day

Big Tom

Country music star Big Tom has been praised as a "legend" following the sad news that he has passed away.

As one of the most charismatic and influential artists in Irish country music, Big Tom was widely respected and through his five decades of music making he leaves a lasting legacy.

The Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Clogher where Tom came from, Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, meanwhile said: "Like many people around the country, we have all learned with great sadness of the death of Big Tom".

Big Tom, who initially gained fame as part of Big Tom and The Mainliners in the 1960's, passed away overnight.

"He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace", the statement continued.

The death of the 81-year-old was announced on Tuesday morning, sparking an outpouring of condolences and fond memories about the Monaghan music star. "The many Country music stars that followed Tom had him to thank for so much as he was the first to break into the main stream music business and appeared on many United Kingdom music shows before any other Irish Country music star".

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Mr O'Donnell said: "I grew up all through Big Tom's career". Big Tom and Margo also performed "A Love That's Lasted Through the Years" on the show in May last year. He said: "Big Tom was the King of Country for good reason".

"Irish music has truly lost a legend today".

During his life, Tom brought great joy to many people, both in Ireland and worldwide, through his singing and his music. Today I am sure he is reunited with Rose.

"But Tom McBride was more than just a singer".

Big Tom appeared on The Late Late Show several times.

"The one thing Big Tom had when he started to sing - he had a great beat that made everyone want to dance".

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