Paul Ryan (singer)

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Paul Ryan
Birth name Paul Sapherson
Born (1948-10-24)24 October 1948
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
Died 29 November 1992(1992-11-29) (aged 44)
Associated acts Barry Ryan, Marion Ryan

Paul Ryan (24 October 1948[1] – 29 November 1992) was an English singer, songwriter and record producer.

Born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, Paul and his twin brother Barry were the sons of singer Marion Ryan, and had some success as a singing duo during the 1960s, known simply as "Paul & Barry Ryan". However, the stress of public attention caused Paul to retreat into the background[2] while Barry went solo. Paul Ryan wrote Barry's 1968 hit, "Eloise", the 1971 hit "Who Put the Lights Out?" for Dana and another of his songs, "I Will Drink the Wine", was a UK hit single for Frank Sinatra.

The gothic punk band the Damned reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1986, with their version of "Eloise".

He died of cancer at the age of 44.[3]

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Both of the above Sinatra tracks appeared on his 1971 album, Sinatra & Company.

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