Shane MacGowan is an Irish singer-songwriter and musician who rose to fame as the lead singer of the Pogues, a Celtic punk band known for their raucous live performances and blend of Irish traditional music, punk rock, and ska. He dies at age 65.

Shane Mac Gowan was born on December 24, 1957, in Tooting, London, England.

His parents were Irish immigrants, and he grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Tipperary, Ireland.

He began playing music in his early teens, and he formed his first band, The Nipple Eaters, in 1976. In 1978, MacGowan moved to London, where he formed the Pogues with bassist Cait O'Riordan.

The Pogues released their debut album, Red Roses for Me, in 1984, and they quickly became one of the most popular bands in the UK.

The Pogues' music was a blend of Irish traditional music, punk rock, and ska, and their live performances were legendary for their energy and chaos.

Some of Shane MacGowan's most famous songs include "Fairytale of New York," "The Rocky Road to Dublin," "Fiesta," "Sally MacLennan," and "Sanctify Yourself."

Shane McGowan, the late lead singer of the Celtic punk band The Pogues, had an estimated net worth of $5 million at the time of his death in 2023.