Eloise (Paul Ryan song)

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Single by Barry Ryan with The Majority
from the album Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan
B-side "Love I Almost Found You"
Released 1968
Format 7", 45rpm
Genre Symphonic rock, baroque pop
Length 5:41
Label MGM 1442
Writer(s) Paul Ryan
Producer(s) Bill Landis
Barry Ryan chronology
"Love Is Love"
Single by The Damned
B-side "Temptation"
Released 27 January 1986
Format 7"/12" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Gothic rock
Length 5:07
Label MCA
Writer(s) Paul Ryan
Producer(s) Jon Kelly
The Damned singles chronology
"Is It a Dream?"

"Eloise" is a song first released in 1968. It was sung by Barry Ryan, and written by his twin brother Paul Ryan. Running for a little over five minutes, it featured strong orchestration, melodramatic vocals, and a brief slow interlude. It sold 3 million copies worldwide,[1] and reached number 2 in the UK Singles Chart as published by Record Retailer,[2] but hit number 1 in the NME and Melody Maker charts. It topped the chart in seventeen countries.[1][3]

The Damned version[edit]

On the back of the commercial success of the Phantasmagoria album, in 1986 The Damned released their cover of the track as a single. They were rewarded with their biggest hit, when it reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart,[4] boosted by two different 12" releases. It was not included on any studio albums, but has since been issued on several Damned compilations.

MCA also issued the single in Germany, Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Eloise" (Paul Ryan) - 5:07
  2. "Temptation" (Jugg, Scabies, Vanian, Merrick)

Bonus Tracks on 12" single: -

  1. "Beat Girl" (Barry, Peacock) - 2:20
  2. "Eloise (Extended Version)" (Ryan) - 7:46
  3. "Eloise (No Sleep Until Wednesday Mix)" (Ryan) - 6:50

Production credits[edit]

Other versions[edit]

  • Karel Gott covered "Eloise" in the Czech language in 1969.
  • Chalashkanov recorded a Bulgarian language version in 1969.
  • Howard Kaylan released the song on his 2005 solo album, Dust Bunnies.
  • Claude François, French pop star, (recorded 1968)
  • Tino Casal, Spanish musician, 1987. reaching number 1 in Spain
  • Stravaganzza, a Spanish heavy metal band, cover of Tino Casal's Spanish translation.
  • Donald Lautrec, Québec singer recorded a French version in 1969.
  • James Last included an abridged version in his album Non Stop Dancing 8, in 1969.
  • Tapani Kansa, Finnish singer did a version in Finnish
  • Se, a Finnish band, released a Finnish language version as a single in 1979
  • Leningrad Cowboys in their Global Balalaika Show on 23 August 2003.
  • Mina, Italian singer, included "Eloise" in her 1985 album of covers Finalmente ho conosciuto il conte Dracula Vol. 1.
  • Robin McAuley, former singer for the band Grand Prix recorded a solo version of the tune in 1985 just prior to forming the McAuley Schenker Group
  • In 2001, Italian singer Spagna covered the song in her album of covers La nostra canzone: "Eloise" was the second single released from it.
  • the Lucky Devils (Psychobilly)released this song on their album "To Hell" in 2005
  • Dutch heavy metal band Helloise covered the song in English.
  • Australian three-piece dance band Art vs. Science sampled the chorus instrumental on their 6th single, With Thoughts, from the 2011 Album The Experiment.
  • Italian singer Mino Raetano covered the song.
  • Barry Ryan covered the song in Italy singing in Italian.
  • Los Naufragos from Argentina, covered in Spanish on one of their first singles in 1969.


  1. ^ a b Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 195. CN 5585. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 476. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ austriancharts.at Barry Ryan chart positions: Switzerland (1), Austria (2), Norway (2)
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 138. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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