The O'Kanes

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The O'Kanes
Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane
Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
Years active1986–1990
LabelsColumbia Records
Associated actsThe Judds
Past membersJamie O'Hara
Kieran Kane

The O'Kanes was an American country music duo, composed of Jamie O'Hara and Kieran Kane. Active between 1986 and 1990, the duo recorded three albums for Columbia Records and charted seven singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles (now Hot Country Songs) charts, including "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You". Kane charted seven singles of his own in the early 1980s, and O'Hara won a Grammy Award for co-writing "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)", a hit for The Judds. After they disbanded in 1990, both members pursued solo careers, and Kane founded a record label named Dead Reckoning Records.[1]

O'Hara died of cancer on January 7, 2021 at age 70.[2]



Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
The O'Kanes 9
Tired of the Runnin'
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Columbia Records
Imagine That
  • Release date: January 5, 1990
  • Label: Columbia Records
The Only Years
  • Release date: September 19, 2000
  • Label: Lucky Dog Records


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1986 "Oh Darlin'" 10 6 The O'Kanes
1987 "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You" 1 1
"Daddies Need to Grow Up Too" 9 12
"Just Lovin' You" 5 9
1988 "One True Love" 4 5 Tired of the Runnin'
"Blue Love" 10 18
"Rocky Road" 71 79
1990 "Why Should I?" A 75 Imagine That
"Diddy All Night Long" A 73
"Tell Me I Was Dreaming"[3]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  • A "Why Should I?" and "Diddy All Night Long" did not chart on Hot Country Songs, but both peaked at No. 7 on Hot Country Radio Breakouts.[4][5]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1987 "Oh Darlin'"
1988 "One True Love"


  1. ^ "The O'Kanes biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (January 7, 2021). "Singer-Songwriter Jamie O'Hara Dead at 70". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. July 7, 1990.
  4. ^ "Hot Country Radio Breakouts" (PDF). Billboard. February 10, 1990.
  5. ^ "Hot Country Radio Breakouts" (PDF). Billboard. May 5, 1990.