Gone Too Soon – Dolores O’Riordan

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Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the Irish alt rock band The Cranberries, died on January 15, 2018 at the age of 46 in London England. The cause of death was accidental drowning in a bathtub while intoxicated.

  • O’Riordan joined the band less than a year after it was formed, when she responded to an advertisement and auditioned, following the departure of the original vocalist (a male). At the time, the name of the band was The Cranberry Saw Us.
  • She sang on all 5 albums from The Cranberries from 1993 to 2001 before they went on hiatus. She released 2 solo albums, and then sang on 2 more albums by The Cranberries after they reunited.
  • After their most recent album was released in April 2017, a tour was planned, but in May 2017 the tour was cancelled due to O’Riordan’s health, reported as “a back problem.”
  • Her voice was a signature of the band – mezzo-soprano in range, she incorporated yodelling and lilting into her vocals – very traditional Irish sounds.
  • The Cranberries’ best known song was from 1993 – Linger. Give a listen to O’Riordan’s lovely Gaelic voice in this song! If you like it, you should also try their songs Zombie and Dreams – these songs really highlight her unique style of lilting! All 3 songs were top 5 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.




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