The Great Emmet’s song ‘I Don’t Know’ is the most popular Irish song of all time.
The lyrics are from the 1951 film ‘A Few Good Men’, and they were performed by a group of young Irishmen.
The song became popular around the world after it was performed on the opening day of the World Series in 1969, when the Cubs took on the Baltimore Orioles.
Emmet was a member of the group known as The Bluebird Band.
The Irishman was a popular and successful Irish musician and writer, who played on many hit albums including ‘I Know You Rider’ and ‘The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die’.
He wrote and performed many of the Irish hits including ‘Rugby Song’, ‘Cocky Girl’, ‘The Last Song of the Bluebird’ and the iconic ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’.
Emmet died aged 69.
The Great Emmet was born in Dublin on July 10, 1927, and lived most of his life in the city.
He was educated at the University of Dublin and studied poetry and literature.
He became known for his love of jazz music, particularly the blues, bluesy and jazz standards.
He wrote several albums, and was inducted into the Irish Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
He died on March 22, 2020, at the age of 84.