Sean Dunphy was an Irish singer who first became famous in his home country as lead singer with The Hoedowners, a showband led by trumpeter Earl Gill. Between 1966 and 1973, fourteen singles entered the Irish Charts including, in 1969, two number ones. In the late 1970s, he went on to have two further hits as a solo artist.

He represented his home country at the 1967 Contest in Vienna, finishing in second place behind winner Sandie Shaw for the United Kingdom.

Despite undergoing a quadruple heart bypass operation in 2007, he continued to give live performances and two years later he sang many of his greatest hits in a one-off concert at Dublin's National Concert Hall. His last public engagement was at a charity event twenty-four hours before his death.  He died at his home in Baldoyle, County Dublin on 17 May 2011 at the age of 73.