Thursday, 21 May 2009

Eloise - Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan was born as Barry Stephenson on October 24, 1948 in Leeds, UK. Barry and his twin brother Paul started performing at the age of fifteen. As Paul & Barry Ryan they released several singles. When Paul couldn't cope with all the stress involved with showbusiness, the two brothers decided that Barry would go solo, while Paul wrote songs for him. The biggest success they had was 'Eloise', a dramatic and heavily orchestrated track, released in 1968. The single peaked at number 2 in the UK and topped the chart in the Netherlands.

I couldn't find the original single so I settled for this 'Old Gold' re-release from 1984. The B-side is Jim Stafford's 'Spiders and snakes', a far more modest hit from 1973. It peaked at number 13 in the UK and did not chart in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 1413
Found: Grammofoonwinkel, Utrecht, April 3, 1991
Cost: 4,5 guilders
Tracks: 'Eloise' (Barry Ryan) / 'Spiders and snakes' (Jim Stafford)

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