Marion Ryan

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Marion Ryan (4 February 1931 – 15 January 1999) was a popular British singer in the 1950s.


Born Marian Ryan in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, and once called "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song", Marion Ryan was a pop singer of the 1950s in the early years of British Independent Television. Her song "Love Me Forever" peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart in 1958.[1] She was the regular singer in the popular musical quiz Spot the Tune,[2] on Granada Television for seven years from 1956, with a total of 209 half-hour programmes, which featured several star hosts including disc-jockey Pete Murray, the Canadian pop singer Jackie Rae, and the comedians Ken Platt and Ted Ray, and also Peter Knight and his orchestra.[3] The show re-emerged in the 1970s as Name That Tune. Ryan made one brief appearance as herself in a film with singer Tommy Steele.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Her first marriage was to producer Lloyd Sapherson in 1948. They had twin sons, Barry and Paul (born Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, 24 October 1948), and one daughter. Paul died of cancer in 1992, aged 44. In 1969 she married the show business millionaire Harold Davison, after which she retired.[4] She died at age 67 in Boca Raton, Florida.[3]


  1. ^ Gambaccini, Paul (1991). British Hit Singles: Every Single Hit Since 1952 (8th ed.). Billboard Books. p. 238. ISBN 978-0823075720. 
  2. ^ Spot the Tune at the UK Game Shows website
  3. ^ a b c Gifford, Denis (19 January 1999). "Obituary: Marion Ryan". The Independent. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Discography". Retrieved 24 August 2008. 

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