Showband singer Larry Cunningham dies aged 74

Monday 01 October 2012 17.06
Showband singer Larry Cunningham died in hospital following an illness
Showband singer Larry Cunningham died in hospital following an illness

Longford singer Larry Cunningham has died at the age of 74.

The Granard native was one of the best-known performers of the showband era and had his first number one single Lovely Leitrim in the mid-1960s.

Mr Cunningham was also the first Irish-based artist to reach the British pop charts with his Tribute to Jim Reeves in 1964.

He died last night at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin following an illness.