At Lovesongs247 and in the music world we’re all still absorbing news of the untimely passing of Irish singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan. The forty-six-year-old star, who suffered from depression and bipolar disorder died in a London hotel after going to the city for a short recording session.
O’Riordan was known for her lilting mezzo-soprano voice, her use of yodelling and her strong Limerick accent. It is a tragedy that her moving and instantly recognizable voice has been silenced. She was born and grew up in Ballybricken, a town in County Limerick, Ireland and led the rock band the Cranberries for thirteen years before the band took a break beginning in 2003. They’ve sold over 40 million records with hits including “Zombie” and “Linger”. O’Riordan embarked on a solo career in 2004 and her songs were often about love and occasionally politics as on 1995’s “To The Faithful Departed” or the war-torn “Zombie”. O’Riordan admitted she was unprepared for fame and naive about the music industry. By the mid 1990’s the rock star life began affecting her health. Her two solo albums are, Are You Listening recorded in 2007 and No Baggage in 2009.
Irish President Michael D. Higgins was one of the first to pay tribute while thousands gathered at a church in Limerick to pay their respect. Thanks to technology we can still enjoy some of her great music preserved for generations to come. Dolores O’Riordan’s glorious singing voice and lovelorn songs are her true legacy. A message by her coffin read “the song has ended but the memories linger on.”