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Marion Ryan - Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)


Marion Ryan was born in Middlesbrough, Cleveland, UK in 1931. As a professional singer she worked with the Ray Ellington orchestra which springboarded her recording career. She had a good singing voice and was capable of a wide rage of styles. Her glamous good looks earned her the title "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song," but despite her popularity her recording career was mediocre. She did have one UK Top Five hit with 'Love ne forever' (1958).

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)


Marion moved into television where she appeared as the resident singer in Granada's 'Spot that tune' (1957-1963). Her outgoing personality won the viewers heart and she even had modest success on US TV. Marion married American showbusiness millionaire, Harold Davidson and when public tastes changed she quietly retired from showbusiness. 

She had identical twin sons, Paul and Barry (born 1948) from her previous marriage . The boys took their mother's name (prevously Sapherson) and started singing professionaly,

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan passed away aged 68 in 1999.

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Marion Ryan was a leading British pop singer of the 1950s. Her glamorous appearance and bright, Americanised vocal style made her a star of stage, records and television in the years between rock 'n' roll and the advent of the Beatles, which changed the face of pop music.
She was born Marion Sapherson in Leeds and changed her name to Ryan when she became a professional singer. She first came to prominence in the mid-1950s with the Ray Ellington Quartet, whose leader had featured regularly on the Goon Show and who had based his style on such American artists as Louis Prima and Louis Jordan.

With the Ellington group, Ryan made many BBC radio broadcasts, and subsequently hosted a television show, Swing Along, in the early years of ITV. By now established as a solo artist, she starred in variety shows such as Music For The Millions, which toured Bournemouth, Margate, Southsea, Llandudno and other seaside resorts in 1958 with a cast including Jimmy Young and Ryan's friend Alma Cogan.

The lack of young British women singers during this period (compared to the pre-Beatles pop era in the United States), and the fact that both Ryan and Cogan were perceived as glamorous in much the same way as the Rank starlets, meant that press publicity tended towards portraying them as rivals.

Boosted by the appeal of publicity shots, taken by the leading show business photographer Harry Hammond and others, Ryan was sometimes billed in captions as 'Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe'. In keeping with the image, she appeared in the film musical It's All Happening, duetting with Tommy Steele, and also took part in the 1960 Royal Variety Performance.

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

From 1956 Marion Ryan recorded for the Pye Nixa label. This was an era when British singers mostly came up with domestic versions of hit songs already made famous in America, and Ryan made her fair share of such cover versions. Among these were rendition.. More :

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)

Barry Ryan - Barry Ryan & Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah...

Barry Ryan  - Barry Ryan & Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah...

Barry Ryan  - Barry Ryan 1969

Barry Ryan  - Barry Ryan & Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah...

Barry Ryan  -  Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah  1972

The final Barry Ryan album shows an artist, who has lost any direction. What you get to hear is probably not what you'd expect from an album with a strange title like that. This album mixes many styles from pop ("From my Head to my toe") to country ("Rhode Island red") via early Beatles-Sound ("When I was a Child") up to brutal hard rock ("Storm is brewing"). They all are coming from different sessions and producers, one track produced by Barry Ryan himself ("Storm") is mono (!) only. 6 songs are co-written by Barry Ryan, only two were contributed by his brother Paul. He wrote the title track, which sounds most out of place on this collection. Although some of the songs are worth listening it's quite obvious, why this album turned out to be his last one.In the 70s Paul moved to the USA, but later left the music business and opened a chain of hairdressing salons. 

Barry Ryan  - Barry Ryan & Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah...


Paul & Barry Ryan - Singles Vol1/2

Paul & Barry Ryan - Singles Vol1/2
The twin sons of popular singer Marion Ryan, Paul (b. Paul Sapherson, 24 October 1948, Leeds, England, d. 29 November 1992) and Barry (b. Barry Sapherson, 24 October 1948, Leeds, England) were launched as a clean-cut act to attendant showbusiness publicity. Their debut single, ‘Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches’ reached the UK Top 20 in 1965, and over the ensuing months the siblings enjoyed respectable, if unspectacular, chart placings with ‘Have Pity On The Boy’ and ‘I Love Her’. The Ryans shifted away from their tailored image with ‘Have You Ever Loved Somebody’ (1966) and ‘Keep It Out Of Sight’ (1967), penned, respectively, by the Hollies and Cat Stevens, but such releases were less successful. They split amicably in 1968 with Paul embarking on a songwriting career while Barry recorded as a solo act. Together they created ‘Eloise’, the latter’s impressive UK number 2 hit and subsequent million seller, but ensuing singles failed to emulate its popularity. Paul’s compositions included ‘I Will Drink The Wine’, which was recorded by Frank Sinatra, but neither brother was able to sustain initial impetus. During 1969 Barry had an accident which caused serious burns to his face. In the 70s Paul moved to the USA, but later left the music business and opened a chain of hairdressing salons.
Paul & Barry Ryan - Singles Vol1/2
Paul & Barry Ryan - Singles Vol1/2

Marion Ryan -  Love Me Forever(Pye Records 1955-59)Barry Ryan  - Barry Ryan & Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah...Paul & Barry Ryan - Singles Vol1/2

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