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Joe Feeney

  • Original Name Joseph Gerald
  • Birth 14 Aug 1931 Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA
  • Death 16 Apr 2008 Carlsbad, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 26104677

Singer. A longtime fixture of TV's "Lawrence Welk Show". Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, Feeney started singing in his church choir as a boy soprano. He served in the Army during the Korean War and afterward appeared on the television programs "Talent Patrol" and "Youth Opportunity Hour" before his TV station manager sent a tape of his voice to Lawrence Welk on whose show he would become a popular member for 25 years, from 1957 until it went off the air in 1982. He was known as the show's "Irish Tenor". He had the distinction of singing for five U.S. Presidents, Pope Paul VI at the canonization of Mother Seton in 1975, and also sang in Carnegie Hall three times. His last performance was in Syracuse, New York in December. When Feeney wasn't singing. he loved to fish and golf. He kept a garden and once raised horses on his ranch at Simi Valley. Although he never smoked a day in his life, Feeney died of emphysema at a Carlsbad, California hospice facility at the age of 76. His family believes the emphysema was caused by years of performing in smoke-filled nightclubs.

Bio by: Carol STEVENS

Family Members


"The Irish Tenor"
(Musical notes)
Our Dad with the Golden Voice
Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather





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  • Originally Created by: Carol STEVENS
  • Added: 18 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26104677
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joe Feeney (14 Aug 1931–16 Apr 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26104677, citing Mission San Luis Rey Cemetery, Oceanside, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .