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Born: September 6, 1971
Died: January 15, 2018
Biography (via Wikipedia): Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was an Irish musician and singer-songwriter. She led the rock band The Cranberries to worldwide success for thirteen years before the band took a break starting in 2003, later reuniting with the band in 2009 which she led until her death in 2018.
Her first solo album Are You Listening? was released in May 2007 and was followed up by No Baggage in 2009. O'Riordan is notable for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, for yodeling and for her strong Limerick accent. She appeared as a judge on RTÉ's The Voice of Ireland during the 2013/14 season. In April 2014 O'Riordan joined Jetlag (now called D.A.R.K.) and began recording new material.
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born and brought up in the Ballybricken area of County Limerick, Ireland. She is the daughter of Terence and Eileen O'Riordan and is the youngest of seven children. She attended Laurel Hill secondary school in Limerick.
In 1990 O'Riordan auditioned and won the role of lead singer for a band called The Cranberry Saw Us (later changed to The Cranberries).
The band released five albums: Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (1993), No Need to Argue (1994), To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999) and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001) and a greatest-hits compilation entitled Stars: The Best of 1992–2002 (2002), before they went on hiatus in 2003.
Throughout the '90s, O'Riordan was recognised for her changing hairstyles, from shoulder-length to very short crop in myriad colours and shades. She sometimes performs barefoot on stage.
On 25 August 2009, while promoting her solo album No Baggage in New York City on 101.9 RXP radio, O'Riordan announced the reunion of The Cranberries for a world tour. The tour began in North America in mid November, followed by South America in mid January 2010 and Europe in March 2010. Also touring with the original members of The Cranberries was musician Denny DeMarchi, who played the keyboard for O'Riordan's solo albums. The band played songs from O'Riordan's solo albums, many of The Cranberries' classics, as well as new songs the band had been working on. On 9 June 2010 The Cranberries performed at the Special Olympics opening ceremony at Thomond Park in Limerick. This was the first time the band had performed in their native city in over fifteen years.
On 26 May 2016, the band announced that they would start a tour in Europe. The first show was held on 3 June. The group released their seventh studio album Something Else in April 2017.
It was rumoured that in 2003 O'Riordan was to feature on the soundtrack to Spider-Man 2 with the song "Black Widow", which is featured on her first solo album Are You Listening?. However, she dismissed this as an unfounded Internet rumour during an interview in 2007. In 2004, O'Riordan appeared with the Italian artist Zucchero on the album Zu & Co., with the song "Pure Love.” The album also featured other artists such as Sting, Sheryl Crow, Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Macy Gray and Eric Clapton. The same year she worked with composer Angelo Badalamenti on the Evilenko soundtrack, providing vocals on several tracks, including "Angels Go to Heaven", the movie theme.
In 2005, she appeared on the Jam & Spoon's album Tripomatic Fairytales 3003 as a guest vocalist on the track "Mirror Lover.” O'Riordan also made a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy Click, released on 23 June 2006, as a wedding singer performing an alternate version of The Cranberries' song "Linger", set to strings.
The first single, "Ordinary Day", was produced by BRIT Awards winner, Youth, whose previous credits include The Verve, Embrace, Primal Scream, U2 and Paul McCartney.
Are You Listening? was released on 4 May 2007 in the Republic of Ireland. It was subsequently released in Europe on 7 May 2007, and in North America on 15 May 2007, with "Ordinary Day" as its first single, released in late April. The video for "Ordinary Day" was shot in Prague. In August "When We Were Young" was released as the second single lifted from the album.
On 19 November 2007, she cancelled the remainder of her European Tour (Lille, Paris, Luxembourg, Warsaw and Prague) due to illness. O'Riordan went on to perform a few small American club gigs in December, including Des Moines, Nashville, and a well-received free show in Charlottesville, Virginia. On the last day of 2008, it was announced on her official website that her second album, No Baggage, featuring eleven tracks, would be released on 24 August 2009.
In 2008 Dolores O'Riordan won an EBBA Award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards recognise the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.
O'Riordan began recording new material with Jetlag in April 2014. At the origin a collaboration between Andy Rourke of The Smiths and Ole Koretsky, it then changed name to become D.A.R.K. Their first album, Science Agrees, was released on 9 September 2016.
O'Riordan remained with the band as well as with The Cranberries, until her unexpected death in January 2018. On 15 January 2018, at the age of 46, while in London for a recording session, O'Riordan died suddenly at the London Hilton on Park Lanehotel in Mayfair.