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Any Old Iron 2:16 Sat Oct 2
Barry Ryan - RIP
Barry Ryan, who has died of lung disease aged 72, found fame as a pop singer with his identical twin brother Paul in the mid-1960s, when the teenage duo were groomed for stardom with their flowing dark locks and designer suits.

After Paul pulled out of performing in 1968, Barry continued as a soloist who enjoyed hits with his brother’s compositions.

The first was Eloise (1968), a heavily orchestrated, melodramatic recording theatrical in its changes of tempo. It reached No 2 in Britain and topped the charts in other European countries, achieving sales of three million.

Later, Freddie Mercury cited Eloise’s 5min 30sec length when EMI was reluctant to release Queen’s magnum opus Bohemian Rhapsody as a single. Then in 1986, the punk band The Damned had a hit with a cover version of Eloise. But Ryan’s subsequent singles failed to make the same impact and he eventually left the business.

He was born Barry Sapherson in Leeds on October 24 1948 to Marion Ryan, a 1950s pop singer who was resident vocalist on the TV show Spot the Tune, and Fred Sapherson, an antiques dealer. Because their mother was away performing, Barry and Paul spent much of their childhood with their grandmother and boarded at Fulneck School, Pudsey.

When they moved to London, Marion suggested they try a career as singers. Her soon-to-be second husband, the American impresario Harold Davison, managed the brothers and, with further guidance from other leading lights in the record industry, Paul & Barry Ryan had five Top 30 hits.

Composer Les Reed was behind two of them, co-writing Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches (1965) and Have Pity on the Boy (1966). Bizarrely, I Love How You Love Me (1966) featured bagpipes played by the duo’s roadie, Don Ferguson, who would troop out on stage in full Scottish regalia.

A Cat Stevens song, Keep it Out of Sight, returned them to the upper echelons of the charts in 1967, but subsequent singles bombed.

Paul then confronted Barry to tell him he no longer wanted to perform. “He had a nervous breakdown and wanted to quit show business,” Barry told Weekend magazine. “He’d been frustrated about the fact we were getting nowhere. He didn’t like singing in public [but] thought he could write songs.”

Eloise (1968), included on the album Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan, proved that he could compose a hit and the brothers’ singer-songwriter partnership continued for several years.

But future singles such as Magical Spiel (1970) were only mildly successful in Britain, compensated for by the fact that they charted well across Europe – and Paul also penned songs for Frank Sinatra, who was brought to Britain by their stepfather, and Dana.

In 1969, on a tour of Germany – where a magazine’s readers voted Barry Pop Star of the Year – a publicity stunt went wrong, leaving his face burned and swathed in bandages.

He posed for pictures at the end of a “hotline” telephone that started smoking as the wires crackled with hundreds of fans calling their heart-throb. But the receiver exploded in a white flash and all he could see were flames as he experienced an excruciating burning sensation and his hair caught fire.

“My face and neck looked like chunks of raw red meat clumped together,” he recalled. “My hair was charred and frizzled but standing straight up on end.”

Fortunately, after treatment in a Munich clinic, he was left with just a few small scars, but he packed in singing in 1976 to become a commercial and portrait photographer with pictures published in magazines such as Ritz and Deluxe.

“The hits weren’t coming,” he told Jason Barnard in a 2017 interview. “I was drinking a lot. I was slightly off the rails and I thought I’d had enough of this, and I discovered photography.”

Ryan – who in 1984 changed his name by deed poll to Barry Davison, after his stepfather – made occasional returns to concert stages in recent years. Paul died of cancer in 1992.

Barry’s first marriage, to Princess Miriam of the Malaysian state of Johore, in 1976, ended in divorce four years later. In 1995 he married Christine Goodliff, who survives him with their son and daughter and his stepson.

Barry Ryan, born October 24 1948, died September 28 2021

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Mike Oxsaw 7:08 Sun Oct 3
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
Swisssssssssss has trouble getting through a Cillit Bang commercial in one sitting, so little wonder he gets wound up and irate with a piece of popular music 5min 30sec long.

Perhaps it's the fact that it's not a letching tune.

Any Old Iron 10:52 Sat Oct 2
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
Swiss. 3:42 Sat Oct 2

Yeah, an utter pile of shit that got to no.2 in the UK (when that really meant something) and no.1 all over Europe.

You're clueless.

62Hammer 4:54 Sat Oct 2
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
I liked Barry Ryan. My Dad liked his mum, too. "Eloise" I liked, and "Kitsch".

Swiss. 3:42 Sat Oct 2
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
Never heard of him as way before my time but thought I'd listen to this "Eloise".

What a pile ot utter shite.

Hello Mrs. Jones 3:40 Sat Oct 2
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
Fuck me that's another person I've never heard of and I am at an age where perhaps I should have.

ted fenton 12:40 Sat Oct 2
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
I actually still have Eloise 45 RPM brilliant song.

Rest In Peace Barry.

Far Cough 7:59 Sat Oct 2
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
onebilly, Eloise was indeed a great record

RIP to Barry and Paul Ryan

only1billybonds 3:17 Sat Oct 2
Re: Barry Ryan - RIP
Eloise is a great record.

RIP Mr Ryan.

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