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Ruby Murray

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Ruby Murray was born in Belfast on the 29th of March 1935.
On a tour of Northern Ireland as a child singer in variety shows, she was spotted by producer Richard Afton who encouraged her to go for a career in show business and she made her TV debut at the age of 12 despite the laws regarding child performers although her work was severely restricted until she was 14. Joining Tommy Morgan’s touring revue, she was offered a regular spot as a singer on the BBC show Quite Contrary as a replacement for Joan Regan.

Signing a recording deal with Columbia, her first hit single was the ballad Heartbeat which hit the top 10 at the end of 1954 and was quickly followed by her first and only number one Softly Softly. It was during the early months of 1955 as Columbia released further Ruby Murray songs, that she found herself dominating the charts as Happy Days And Lonely Nights, Let Me Go lover and If Anyone Finds This I Love You joined Heartbeat and Softly Softly in the charts giving her five simultaneous entries on that week in March, all of them eventually peaking inside the top 10. Two further hits followed in 1955, Evermore and I’ll Come When You Call but at the end of 1955, the tide of Rock n Roll could be held back no more and singers like Ruby Murray, sweet and innocent and belonging to a fast disappearing world were swept aside.
During the mid 1950s she expanded her activities, starring in her own TV show, appearing at The London Palladium in the show Painting The Town with Norman Wisdom and she even had one film role in A Touch Of The Sun with Frankie Howerd and Dennis Price.

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