The death has taken place of Sonny Knowles, the Dublin-born singer who rose to fame during Ireland's cabaret and showband era.

Aged 86, he passed away peacefully at his home this morning surrounded by his family.

Sonny's career spanned six decades and saw him perform as a member of the Johnny Butler Band, Earl Gill's Band, the Pacific Showband and Dermot O'Brien's showband.

He is survived by his wife Sheila, their son Gary and daughters Aisling and Geraldine.

Sonny Knowles, known as The Window Cleaner to his fans, was well-known as a saxaphone player before becoming a professional singer during the showband boom in the 1960's.

He also presented a Sunday-morning show on Midwest Radio for a time in the early 1990's.

 

 

 

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