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Ruby Murray

(1935—1996) singer


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b. 29 March 1935, Belfast, Northern Ireland, d. 17 December 1996, Torquay, Devon, England One of the most popular singers in the UK during the 50s, Murray toured Ulster as a child singer in various variety shows, and, after being spotted by producer Richard Afton, made her television debut at the age of 12. Stringent Irish laws regarding child performers held her back for two years, and she returned to school in Belfast until she was 14. In 1954 she travelled to London in comedian Tommy Morgan’s touring revue, Mrs. Mulligan’s Hotel, and was again seen by Afton, at the famous Metropolitan Theatre, Edgware Road. He offered her a position as resident singer on BBC Television’s Quite Contrary, replacing Joan Regan who was about to leave.

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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