Ronnie Carroll

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Ronnie Carroll at the Eurovision Song Contest 1962

Ronnie Carroll (born Ronald Cleghorn, 18 August 1934)[1] is a Northern Irish singer and entertainer.


Carroll was born in Roslyn Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Through work in variety theatre he met his first wife, Millicent Martin. He scored his first hit in 1956 with "Walk Hand in Hand" on the Philips label. Having taken part in the 1960 UK Eurovision selection contest with the song "Girl with a Curl", he returned to win the selection and be Britain's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1962, and with the song "Ring-a-Ding Girl" shared fourth place, the same placing he reached in 1963 with another British Eurovision Song Contest entry, "Say Wonderful Things". Carroll is the only singer to have represented the UK in the competition two years in succession.[2] This success was followed by two Top 10 hits during 1962 and 1963, but a lack of good material meant that he could not sustain a chart presence.

Carroll subsequently worked on cruise ships, including the QE2, with John Marcangelo who was the drummer with the Ronnie Carroll Orchestra. He played a pop musician named 'Ronnie' in the 1965 film Man in the Dark.

He contested Hampstead and Highgate in the 1997 UK General Election, and the Uxbridge by-election in July 1997.[3] In the 2005 British General Election, Carroll stood for the Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket Party, in Belfast. He is close friends with the party leader, Rainbow George. It has been superseded by the Make Politicians History banner. In the same year, he released a comeback album, Back on Song.[1] He stood in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election, 2008 as a candidate for Make Politicians History and received 29 votes despite announcing that he was trying to enter the record books by receiving no votes.[4]

He currently resides in Hampstead, London, and is a regular caller to phone-in shows on BBC London 94.9.

Singles discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b biographical detail
  2. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007. ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  3. ^ "United Kingdom Parliamentary Byelection results 2001-". 
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - UK Politics - A record-breaking by-election?". 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 95. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
The Allisons
with "Are You Sure?"
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
1962, 1963
Succeeded by
Matt Monro
with "I Love the Little Things"