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Stars of the Fifties who faded away

RUBY MURRAY: Born in Belfast in 1935, Ruby Murray became one of the most popular singers during the Fifties, being first spotted as a potential star when she was only 12 years old.
Her rise to the top really began when she was signed as resident singer on the TV show Quite Contrary, replacing the popular Joan Regan. Then followed a recording contract with the Columbia label and her first hit in the UK - Heartbeat, which made the top five in 1954.
It was, however, her second record Softly, Softly which was her best known hit, reaching the No 1 slot in 1955, the year in which she achieved a record of five singles in the chart at the same time.
She died in 1996.
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RONNIE HILTON: A major star of the Fifties, Ronnie Hilton never made it big abroad, but had several hits in the UK.
Between 1954 and 1957 he had nine top 20 records. most of tghem in ther American style of singers such as Big Criosby and Perry Como.
His long remembered favourites included Veni Vidi Vici and I Still Believe.
In 1956 Ronnie Hilton recorded the song which would be his signature tune - No Other Love. Other successes included his version of Around The World in 1957 and, 10 years later A Windmill In Old Amsterdam, which sold a million.
Born in Hull as Adrian Hilton, he worked in an aircraft factory from the age of 14 until being called up. After demob he sang in clubs in the Leeds area while working as a fitter before being a full-time entertainer.
Ronnie Hilton died in February 2001
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EVE BOSWELL. A Fifties star best known for one song - Sugar Bush - Eve Boswell did the lot - Royal Command performances, singing with Geraldo and Count Basie and the Ed Sullivan Show on American TV.
Born in South Africa of parents who worked as variety artists she was a versatile entertainer who besides singing played piano and danced,. She sang in some of the 11 languages in which she was proficient.
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JOHNNIE RAY: Better known to many as "Mr Cry" Ray was born in Dallas in 1927 and became an international superstar.
It was in 1951 that he recorded Cry and The Little White Cloud That Cried, the former reaching number one and staying there for eleven weeks.
It was Ray's emotional delivery of songs while on stage that helped make him a showbiz legend.

Written by The Editor - 15/05/2003 16:58:27

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