Tom Clancy (singer)
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Tom Clancy (29 October 1924 – 7 November 1990) was a member of the Irish folk singing group The Clancy Brothers. He had the strongest voice of the brothers and had previously been an actor in numerous stage productions, appearing with Orson Welles in King Lear.
Like his older brother Patrick Clancy, he was born in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. Also like his brother, Clancy served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, despite their having earlier been members of the Irish Republican Army.
Discharged from the RAF at the war's end, Tom Clancy toured with a British repertory company. In 1947 he and his brother Patrick emigrated to Canada. However, they soon moved to Cleveland, Ohio, to lives with relatives. The brothers planned to go to California, but their car broke down. They decided to try New York City instead and found work as actors, both on and off Broadway.
The Clancy Brothers
In 1956 their brother Liam Clancy joined them, accompanied by his friend Tommy Makem. Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem began singing together, and in 1959 were joined by the older Clancy brothers as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. The group performed together until Liam left in 1976. Makem had left in 1969 to be replaced for a brief time by Bobby Clancy and later Louis Killen. The songs that Tom took the lead vocals are "The Moonshiner", "Haul Away Joe", "The Rising of the Moon", "The Barnyards of Delgaty", "Carrickfergus", "I Once Loved a Lass", "The Bold Fenian Men", and so on. Clancy continued singing with The Clancy Brothers until 1976, when the group was disbanded. The group reformed and resumed performing in 1977 and he performed with Paddy, Bobby, and Robbie O'Connell until his death. He also performed with Paddy, Liam, and Tommy during their reunion tour from 1984 to 1985.
Tom Clancy died from stomach cancer at the age of 66 in 1990 in at Mercy Hospital in Cork City, County Cork. He was survived by his wife Joan and their three daughters, Rayleen, Blawneen and Rosie (at the time of his death, it was incorrectly reported that he and wife Joan had four daughters). Before his marriage to his wife Joan he had had two children, Eileen and Thomas, with Yvonne Marcus, in Cleveland, Ohio. he also had a daughter, Cait, with his second wife Laine, in the mid-50s.
His last recording was made in 1988 with Robbie O'Connell, Bobby Clancy, and Paddy Clancy at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Unfortunately, it was recorded on DAT, which does not allow mixing after the recording and the recording is marred by uneven instruments and voices. After his death, Liam returned to the Brothers to fill in his place.
- 1956: The Countess Cathleen - Tradition LP
- 1980: Seamus Kennedy: Raise Your Weary Hearts - Gransha LP