21 August-Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers is an award-winning singer, songwriter and actor who is a native of Texas USA. Though best known for his success in country music Rogers has also had hits in other music genres including pop. In a poll in 1986 he was voted ‘Favourite Singer of All Time’. His most famous recordings include ‘Lucille’, ‘The Gambler’ and ‘Lady’.

Kenneth Ray Rogers was born in Houston, Texas in 1938. He began his music career while still in High School. Rogers had his first major hit with a ballad called ‘Lucille’ in 1977 which led to his first Grammy Award. During his career he has had 120 hit singles. He has sold over 120 million records worldwide and has been the recipient of numerous awards. He retired in 2015.

Kenny Rogers was born in the year 1938 On This Day.

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03 August-Terry Wogan

Terry Wogan was a native of Limerick City Ireland. He was the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe in 2009. In that year, according to official listening figures from the British Radio Joint Audience Research, 7.93 million people listened to his weekday programme Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2.

Michael Terence Wogan was born in Limerick in 1938. He grew up in Limerick where he was educated at the Jesuit school, Crescent College. When he was 15 years old his family moved to Dublin. He continued his education at Belvedere College, Dublin, which is also a school run by the Jesuit order. When he completed second level education in 1956 he worked for a time with the Royal Bank of Ireland in Phibsboro in Dublin.

After spending four years working in the bank Wogan answered a newspaper advertisement for a post as newsreader and announcer with Raidió Teilifís Éireann. His application was successful and he began his broadcasting career with Ireland’s national broadcaster RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) in 1960. Two years later he began working as a disk jockey on light entertainment shows and as a presenter of Jackpot, a quiz show on RTE. He did radio commentary on the visit of President John F Kennedy to Ireland in 1963.

When RTE decided to drop the Jackpot quiz programme in 1965 Wogan sought employment with the BBC. He was hired as a disk jockey presenting the Light Programme music show Midday Spin on Septmber 27th 1966. He commuted between Dublin and London, for a time working on various programmes, before taking over the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 in April 1972.

During his long career Terry Wogan became one of the best known, highly regarded and most successful broadcasters on both radio and television. He presented shows such as Children in Need and Blankety Blank and was the commentator on the Eurovision Song Contest for the BBC on thirty three occasions between 1971 and 2008. He was the commentator for the Castlebar song Contest in 1974.

Terry Wogan was the recipient of several awards including the Freedom of the City of Limerick, an Honorary D.Litt from the University of Limerick and an Honorary LL.D from Leicester University. As an Irish citizen Wogan was appointed an Honorary KBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. This was converted to a full knighthood when he obtained dual British-Irish citizenship. He died at the age of 77 on January 31st 2016.

Terry Wogan, radio and television broadcaster, was born in Limerick City in the year 1938 On This Day.

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12 October-Brendan Bowyer

Waterford born singer Brendan Bowyer began his career with the Royal Showband in 1957. He had five number one hits In Ireland. The Royal Showband which was managed by T J Byrne from Carlow had a brief change of name to the Waterford Showband in 1960. The change occurred for an appearance at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London because two members of the British royal family were in attendance. By 1962 Brendan Bowyer and the Royal Showband were so successful that The Beatles were the supporting act for them at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. On the poster advertising the concert The Beatles were called ‘Liverpool’s own beat group’. With the Royal Showband Bowyer’s most successful hit came in 1965 with ‘The Hucklebuck’. Brendan Bowyer left the Royal Showband in 1971 and moved Las Vegas Nevada with his new band The Big Eight. Though he continues to make appearances in Ireland Bowyer is now based in the US. Brendan Bowyer was born in Waterford in the year 1938 On This Day

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