Ruby Murray - Famous Belfast 1950's Singer Actress
Mention of the name Ruby Murray on Irish radio in Irish households during the late 1950's and early 1960's brought the kitchen to a grinding halt. Her songs and sweet Irish voice was a treasure to behold and Ruby was on top of the music world with a succession of No. 1 hit songs. Her popularity had no boundaries.
Born on Donegal Road, Belfast on 29th March 1935, many musical experts contend that an operation on her throat as a child gave the Belfast entertainer an extra lyrical chord that created a really special singing voice.
At the age of twelve Ruby was singing around Ulster concert halls and was soon discovered.
Singing Irish lullaby songs or pop tunes, she mastered both with her beautiful voice.
In 1955 the U.K. Top Twenty charts were heaving with her records and she managed to have at least one song in the charts for fifty two consecutive weeks. This extraordinary feat has never been repeated by another artist.
Her maiden release was ‘Heartbeat’ 1954 followed by ‘Softly Softly’ 1955. At one stage the famous Irish singer had five singles in the Top Twenty at the very same time.
'Happy Days And Lonely Nights', 'Let Me Go Lover', 'If Anyone Finds This, I Love You' (with Anne Warren), 'Evermore', 'I'll Come When You Call', 'Real Love', 'Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye' and 'You Are My First Love'.
She sang the last number over the opening titles of the film musical It's Great To Be Young.
Murray's own film appearances included the comedy, A Touch Of TheSun, with Frankie Howard and Denis Price.
During a hectic period in the mid-50s, she had her own television show, starred at the London Palladium in Painting The Town with Norman Wisdom, appeared in a Royal Command Performance, and toured the USA, Malta and North Africa.
In 1957, while appearing in a summer season at Blackpool, she met Bernie Burgess, a member of the vocal group the Jones Boys. They married in secret 10 days later.
Burgess became her personal manager and during the early 60s, they toured as a double act.
In 1970 Murray had some success with 'Change Your Mind', and released an album with the same title, which included contemporary songs such as 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head', and revamped some of her hits.
In 1989 Ruby Murray's EMI years included other songs regularly featured in her act such as
'Mr. Wonderful', 'Scarlet Ribbons' and 'It's The Irish In Me'.
In the 90s, based in Torquay, Devon, with her second husband, impresario Ray Lamar, she was still performing in cabaret and in nostalgia shows with other stars of the 50s right up to her death in 1996, aged sixty one.