You Say It's Your Birthday: The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Today is the birthday of Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan,

who was born in Limerick, Ireland 26 years ago. Formed in 1990, the

Cranberries are known for their Celtic-infused folk-rock and occasionally

political songwriting. The band was formed by brothers Mike and Noel Hogan,

who enlisted the help of drummer Feargal Lawler and originally called

themselves The Cranberry Saw Us. O'Riordan, a songwriter since the age of

12, was brought in for her lilting, almost otherworldly voice. In 1992 the

band released their debut, Everyone Else is Doing It, So Why Can't

We? and found immediate success with singles like "Dreams" and

"Linger," a pretty ballad that went to #8.

The group returned to the studios to record No Need to

Argue, which hit stores in 1996. The first single, "Zombie," dealt with

victims of war while another single, "Ode to My Family," was O'Riordan's

attempt to make amends between her public and family lives. In 1996 the

Cranberries released their third album, To The Faithful Departed, a

more straight-ahead album than its predecessors. Hits included "Salvation,"

an anti-drug romp, and the apparently pro-suicide "Free to Decide."

Other birthdays: Dave Bargeron (Blood Sweat & Tears), 55; Roger

Waters, 53; Stella Barker (Belle Stars), 43; Louis Molino (Cock Robin), 43;

Banner Thomas (Molly Hatchett), 43 and Pal Gamst Waaktaar (A-ha), 36.