Barbara Lyon

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Barbara Lyon
Barbara Lyon.jpg
Background information
Born September 9, 1931
Hollywood, California, USA
Died July 10, 1995(1995-07-10) (aged 63)
Greater London, England, UK
Genres Traditional pop
Years active 1954–1960
Labels UK Columbia
Website Biography on IMDb

Barbara Bebe Lyon (September 9, 1931 – July 10, 1995)[1] was a singer of popular songs and actress, born in the United States but primarily active in the United Kingdom.

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Hollywood, California.[1] Her parents, Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels, were both Hollywood actors, beginning in silent films with careers extending into the 1930s.[1] In the early part of World War II, Ben Lyon joined the Royal Air Force, and though the family returned later to the United States, they made Britain their adopted home. From 1950 to 1961 they had a radio programme on the BBC, Life With The Lyons.[1] Ben, Bebe, Barbara, and Barbara's brother Richard all played themselves on this show (perhaps inspired by the success in the US of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, also featuring a real-life family), bringing the family before the UK public.

In the 1950s, both Barbara and Richard began their own independent careers; Richard recorded one single, but primarily found his career to be as an actor, both in the UK and the US. With Barbara, the situation was reversed: she did some acting, but found more popularity as a singer, with two hits in the UK Singles Chart.[2] However, after those two hits she was unable to chart, and went into acting, both in the UK and U.S.

Lyon sang in her own TV series, Dream Time With Barbara (1955). She married Russell Turner, the show's producer, the following year.[1] The couple divorced, and she married accountant Colin Burkitt in 1968. They had one son, and later divorced.[1]


She died on July 10, 1995 of a cerebral hemorrhage in West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth, west London, at the age of 63.[1]


  • "Stowaway" (1955) - Columbia - UK #12
  • "Letter to a Soldier" (1956) - Columbia - UK #27 [2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g biography
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 335. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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