Larry Cunningham was an Irish country music singer who was a native of Co Longford, Ireland. He was one of the best-known figures of the showband era during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Cunningham was the first Irish-based artist to break into the British pop charts in 1964 with his song ‘Tribute to Jim Reeves’. He performed the song on the BBC programme, Top of the Pops.
Larry Cunningham was born at Clooneen, Granard, Co Longford in 1938. Having completed second level education he moved to Derby in England at the age of sixteen. He trained as a carpenter and played music in venues around Derby at the weekends. Cunningham moved back to Ireland in 1958 where he continued to work as a carpenter. He also played music at various venues during his spare time. He eventually gave up the day job to begin singing full time with a showband called The Mighty Avons.
Cunningham had his first major hit with ‘Lovely Leitrim’ in September 1965. During his fifty year career he performed at venues all over Ireland. Cunningham also performed at venues abroad such as Wembley Stadium in London and Carnegie hall in New York. He died at the age of 74 on September 28th 2012.
Larry Cunningham, Irish country music singer, was born in the year 1938 On This Day.