October 17, 1960 – July 4, 2013
Bernie Nolan was an Irish actress and singer who fronted the popular all-sister pop group, the Nolans. Formed initially the Singing Nolans in 1963, the act was made up of the entire Nolan family, including mom and dad and two brothers. The group had moderate success throughout the UK before the sisters split off as the Nolan Sisters (and eventually the Nolans) in 1974. After receiving their break on Cliff Richards‘ television show, the group began making regular appearances on several UK programs. In 1975, they landed the opening slot on Frank Sinatra‘s European tour which was followed by a support gig for Englebert Humperdinck. The Nolans went on to release a series of disco hits including “I’m in the Mood for Dancing,” Gotta Pull Myself Together,” and “Attention To Me.” In all, they sold millions of albums including 9 million, in Japan where they found tremendous success. In the early ’90s, Bernie left the group to concentrate on her acting career. She built a respectable resume over the next two decades before returning to music in 2004 when she released a charity single, “Macushla” which reached #38 on the UK charts. She followed that a year later with her first solo album, All By Myself. In 2010, reports began to surface that Bernie was suffering from breast cancer. Later that year, she announced that she was cancer free, but by October of 2012, the cancer had returned. Bernie Nolan ultimately died of the cancer on July 4, 2013. She was 52.
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