Ronnie Drew, founder of The Dubliners and Irish music icon, died Aug. 16 of complications related to throat cancer. Drew originally founded the band as the Ronnie Drew Group in 1962 and began performing in Dublin’s O’Donoghues pub. Known for his renditions of raucous bar songs, Drew sang lead on The Dubliners’ big hit, Seven Drunken Nights. This year, a group of Irish artists that included U2, Sinead O’Connor and Christy Moore recorded The Ballad of Ronnie Drew to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society. Drew was 73.
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