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Sixties pop legend Barry Ryan dies aged 72

Picture Instagram. Cat Stevens and Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan who topped charts with the melodramatic song Eloise – written by his twin brother Paul – has died.

He was aged 72.


Paul and Barry Ryan were a successful duo until 1968 when Paul decided not to perform any more.

Barry continued his singing and had a string of hits written by his brother.

Eloise was a song of epic production – sweeping orchestral sounds and sudden changes in tempo.

It ran for five and a half minutes – a fact pointed out by Freddie Mercury to his record label EMI.

EMI was reluctant to issue Bohemian Rhapsody as a single because it was “too long” – coming in a five minutes 54 seconds.

Barry was born to Marion Ryan, a 50s pop singer.

His step-father was Harold Davidson – a major entertainment agent on both sides of the Atlantic.

The twins’ godfather was Frank Sinatra.

Barry’s close friend Cat Stevens paid tribute to the musician on Instagram.

Stevens said: “Yesterday a good old buddy of mine passed away, his name was Barry Ryan.

“Our time together began back in the 60’s when he and his twin brother, Paul, were all tuxedo-suited, poppy teenage stars.

“I had written a song for Paul and Barry Ryan called ‘Keep It Out Of Sight’ and so we began hanging out.

“When I spoke with him recently, he told me he was fully at peace knowing he only had a short time left on this earth.”


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