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Touching tribute Eurovision star Sandie Jones honoured by brother Tony in 'healing' song

Hit track The Room Next Door was penned by frequent collaborator Brendan Graham

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Sandie represented us in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest with the Irish song, Ceol An Ghrá.

Sandie represented us in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest with the Irish song, Ceol An Ghrá.

Sandie represented us in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest with the Irish song, Ceol An Ghrá.

In September 2019, Sandie Jones, one of our much-loved Eurovision singers, lost her battle with cancer at the age of 68.

Sandie represented us in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest with the Irish song, Ceol An Ghrá.

Although Vicky Leandros, of Luxembourg, was the winner that year, Dubliner Sandie went on to have a number one hit in Ireland with Ceol An Ghrá.

The popular singer and entertainer also enjoyed a second chart topper later that same year with What Do I Do?

In the 1980s, Sandie covered a number of songs by Brendan Graham, who penned a string of Ireland's Eurovision entries that included When (Red Hurley), Rock 'n' Roll Kids (Charlie McGettigan & Paul Harrington) and The Voice (Eimear Quinn).

After Sandie died, Brendan contacted her brother, the popular singer Tony Jones, to offer his sympathy.

Tony, famous for his tribute shows to some of the world's greatest crooners, reveals that during their conversation Brendan, who is also the co-writer of the global hit, You Raise Me Up, spoke about a song he'd co-written with Denis Carey called The Room Next Door.

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Tony and and Sandie pictured in 2016

Tony and and Sandie pictured in 2016

Tony and and Sandie pictured in 2016

"As we talked, Brendan had the idea of this song being a way to honour Sandie's memory," Tony says. "And naturally enough, as soon as I heard it, I could see why. For myself, and for the rest of my family - having lost not just Sandie but several dear family members all within a very short time of each other - The Room Next Door is a song that possesses a special healing power. I hope that's something others will experience when they listen to the song."

Tony recorded The Room Next Door, and when it was released earlier this month it went straight to number one on the iTunes vocal chart.

Sandie and Tony had a very close bond as siblings. When Tony performed his show, And I Love You So, for a phenomenal five nights at Dublin's National Concert Hall in 2016, his beloved sister returned from America to join him as his special guest, performing as the voice of Doris Day. It's a memory he cherishes.

The Room Next Door is now available on all platforms and to request from radio.

Tony, who has been fighting his own cancer battle in recent times, is donating part of the proceeds from the single to Lung Cancer Research at St. James's Hospital, Dublin.

Fans can enjoy more from Tony on his recent album, What A Difference, which includes his interpretation of Irish classics such as The Isle of Innisfree and The Old Bog Road.

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