Barry Ryan

Real Name:
Barry Sapherson
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English pop singer, songwriter and photographer
Born: 24th October 1948, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: 28th September 2021
Ryan was married to Christine Davison and had two children, Jack Davison (18 April 1995) and Sophia Davison (4 September 1996). The son of pop singer Marion Ryan and Fred Sapherson, Barry and his twin brother Paul Ryan began to perform at the age of fifteen. In 1965 they signed a recording contract with Decca as a duo - Paul & Barry Ryan - and brought out singles such as "Don't Bring Me Your Heartaches" (1965), "Have Pity on the Boy" (1966), and "Missy Missy" (1966).

When it turned out that Barry's brother, allegedly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, was unable to cope any longer with all the stress connected with show business, the two brothers decided on a new division of labour: Paul would write the songs which Barry would then interpret as a solo artist. Their greatest success as a composer-singer duo, now for MGM Records, was "Eloise" (1968), melodramatic and heavily orchestrated. Later singles included "Love Is Love" (also 1968), "The Hunt" (1969), "Magical Spiel" (1970), and "Kitsch" (1970). "Love Is Love", also written by Paul, and released in the United Kingdom during February 1969 was not a great success in his own country. However combining sales from Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, "Love is Love" sold a million copies by August 1969, the second million-seller for Ryan. Ryan was also very popular in Germany. Promoted by BRAVO, the German youth magazine, Ryan also recorded a number of songs in German, for example "Die Zeit macht nur vor dem Teufel halt" ("Time Only Stops at The Devil").

Ryan stopped performing in the early 1970s. There were rumours that Ryan had had an accident in the recording studio. Supposedly he suffered serious burn wounds in the face and could no longer appear in public. Instead, he turned to his lifelong passion, photography, clocking up portraits from Paul McCartney and Bjork to Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, with the National Portrait Gallery buying several of his pictures. He made a comeback in the late 1990s when a two CD set with his, and his brother's, old songs was published. Ryan was also part of the 'Solid Silver 60s Tour' of the UK in 2003, singing "Eloise" backed by The Dakotas.
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Albums

583 067 Barry Ryan - Barry Ryan album art Barry Ryan Barry Ryan (Album) Polydor 583 067 UK 1969 Sell This Version
SMGL 50.013 Barry Ryan - Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan album art Barry Ryan Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan (Album) MGM Records SMGL 50.013 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
3100 037 Barry Ryan - Barry Ryan 3 album art Barry Ryan Barry Ryan 3 (Album) Polydor 3100 037 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
2310 124 Barry Ryan - Red Man album art Barry Ryan Red Man (Album) Polydor 2310 124 Germany 1971 Sell This Version
2310 222 Barry Ryan - Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah album art Barry Ryan Sanctus, Sanctus Hallelujah (Album) Polydor 2310 222 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
JHD143 Barry Ryan - Eloise album art Barry Ryan Eloise (Album) Tring JHD143 UK 1995 Sell This Version
1244-FFFG-4471 Barry Ryan - Hello Again album art Barry Ryan Hello Again(CD, Album) Not On Label 1244-FFFG-4471 UK 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MGM 1423 Barry Ryan - Goodbye album art Barry Ryan Goodbye (Single) MGM Records MGM 1423 UK 1968 Sell This Version
MG 70.035 Barry Ryan - Eloise album art Barry Ryan Eloise (Single) MGM Records MG 70.035 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
61 207 Barry Ryan - Eloise album art Barry Ryan Eloise (Single) MGM Records 61 207 Scandinavia 1968 Sell This Version
63 915 Barry Ryan - Eloise album art Barry Ryan Eloise(7", EP) MGM Records 63 915 Portugal 1968 Sell This Version
EMG-1538 Barry Ryan - Eloise album art Barry Ryan, Paul & Barry Ryan Barry Ryan, Paul & Barry Ryan - Eloise(7", EP) MGM Records EMG-1538 Mexico 1968 Sell This Version
SIR 20-108 Barry Ryan - The Hunt album art Barry Ryan The Hunt (Single) Polydor SIR 20-108 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
MG 70.037 Barry Ryan - Love Is Love album art Barry Ryan Love Is Love (Single) MGM Records MG 70.037 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
61 215 Barry Ryan - The Colour Of My Love / My Mama album art Barry Ryan The Colour Of My Love / My Mama (Single) MGM Records 61 215 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
MG 70.037 Barry Ryan - The Colour Of My Love / Love Is Love album art Barry Ryan The Colour Of My Love / Love Is Love(7") MGM Records MG 70.037 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
JB 5 Barry Ryan - Eloise (Vers. It.) / Un'Ora Fa album art Barry Ryan And The Majority / Tony Del Monaco Barry Ryan And The Majority / Tony Del Monaco - Eloise (Vers. It.) / Un'Ora Fa(7", Promo) MGM Records, Ricordi JB 5 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
EMG-1595 Barry Ryan - Love Is Love album art Barry Ryan Love Is Love(7", EP) MGM Records EMG-1595 Mexico 1969 Sell This Version
MG 70.037, SRL 10-544 Barry Ryan - Love Is Love / Dici (Dizzy) album art Barry Ryan / Quelli Barry Ryan / Quelli - Love Is Love / Dici (Dizzy)(7", Promo) MGM Records, Ricordi MG 70.037, SRL 10-544 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
MG 70.037, SRL 10-544 Barry Ryan - The Colour Of My Love / Dici (Dizzy) album art Barry Ryan / Quelli Barry Ryan / Quelli - The Colour Of My Love / Dici (Dizzy)(7", Promo) MGM Records, Ricordi MG 70.037, SRL 10-544 Italy 1969 Sell This Version
SIR 20115 Barry Ryan - Kitsch album art Barry Ryan Kitsch (Single) Ricordi International SIR 20115 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
2001 119 Barry Ryan - We Did It Together album art Barry Ryan We Did It Together (Single) Polydor 2001 119 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
20 01 004 Barry Ryan - Magical Spiel album art Barry Ryan Magical Spiel (Single) Polydor 20 01 004 Spain 1970 Sell This Version
2001-035 Barry Ryan - Kitsch album art Barry Ryan Kitsch (Single) Polydor 2001-035 Canada 1970 Sell This Version
78020 Barry Ryan - Magical Spiel album art Barry Ryan Magical Spiel(7", EP) Polydor 78020 Portugal 1970 Sell This Version