Ryder (band)

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Origin England
Genres Pop
Years active 1986
Past members Maynard Williams
Dudley Phillips
Paul Robertson
Andy Ebsworth
Geoff Leach
Rob Terry

Ryder was a purpose-made pop group led by Maynard Williams whose primary purpose was to represent the United Kingdom at the 1986 Eurovision Song Contest in Bergen, Norway. Ryder performed the song "Runner in the Night" which was placed 7th. They were criticised in the media for being a particularly weak and unsuitable entry. The song was the first UK Eurovision entry to fail to reach the top 75 since 1964, managing a peak of only #98.[1] Runner In The Night was the only single released by the band, but Williams teamed up with the song's composers Maureen Darbyshire and Brian Wade to compose the theme song to the BBC drama series Truckers, in which he appeared. The single from the programme failed to chart.

Williams, the son of actor Bill Maynard, had previously reached the final 24 of the UK heat in 1985. He had earlier featured in the BBC's 1975 Christmas production Great Big Groovy Horse, a rock opera based on the story of the Trojan Horse shown on BBC2 starring Julie Covington, Bernard Cribbins and Paul Jones.[2] It was later repeated on BBC1 in 1977[3]


Preceded by
with "Love Is"
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Only the Light"