O'Hara diagnosed with cancer
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O'Hara diagnosed with cancer

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 – Jamie O'Hara, who was one-half of The O'Kanes, has an aggressive form of cancer and may have only weeks to live, according to his wife.

"It is with deep sorrow, dear friends, that I must tell you that my husband Jamie, the love of my life, has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, that has us measuring his life in weeks," his wife, Lola White, said in a Facebook post on Monday.

"Something about making such an announcement in this format seems very wrong, but there are so many people who should know and so little time to contact everyone individually. I apologize for that, but I did want you to know. My heart is shattered, and I'm spending every moment I can with him," she wrote.

The O'Kanes were comprised of 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, including the number one "Can't Stop My Heart from Loving You."

O'Hara won a Grammy Award for co-writing "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Ol' Days)," a number one hit for The Judds. He also penned "Older Women" and "Wandering Eyes a number one and number two single, both for Ronnie McDowell.

O'Hara recorded a solo album for RCA Nashville in 1994, "Rise Above It," followed by a second album entitled "Beautiful Obsession" in 2001.

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With his voice a moody cross between the theatrical acrobatics of Roy Orbison and the slow-burn intense croon of Chris Isaak, Jamie O'Hara keeps it up front and accessible, while at the same time adding intricate percussion loops and varied pop touches taking his romantic and passionate songs to a point just this side of Orbison's mid-60s work. Still, pedal steels whine and skitter through his songs, along with a spattering of mandolin and plenty of acoustic guitar flourishes. ...

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