6th November 2012 Tuesday
Eloise, my daughter’s name,
The son of pop singer Marion Ryan, Ryan and his twin brother Paul began to perform at the age of 16. In 1965 they signed a recording contract with Decca and, under the name of “Paul & Barry Ryan”, brought out singles such as “Don’t Bring Me Your Heartaches” (1965), “Have Pity on the Boy” (1966) and “Missy Missy” (1966). His stepfather was the American agent and music promoter Harold Davison.
When it turned out that Ryan’s brother was unable to cope any longer with the stress connected with show business, the brothers decided that Paul would write the songs which Ryan would interpret as a solo artist. Their greatest success as a composer singer duo, now for MGM Records, was “Eloise” (1968), melodramatic and heavily orchestrated. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Later singles included “Love Is Love” (also 1968), “The Hunt” (1969), “Magical Spiel” (1970) and “Kitsch” (1970)
Barry Ryan the original. (Click to View)
My daughter’s name came from Barry Ryan’s song ‘Eloise’ of the late 1960’s, one of my favorite songs of all time. However her mother disagrees, her Eloise is from band ‘The Damned’ below I included both versions, why not listen to them both and let me know your choice… Either way I think it is a fabulous medal for my daughter’s name. Her middle names are of my mother. Eleanor Ninon.
The Damned – version circa 1984