Barry Ryan dead: Eloise singer who performed with twin Paul dies as Cat Stevens speaks out

Barry Ryan performs on Swiss television in 1972

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British singer Barry Ryan has died aged 72. The musician is best known for 1968 hit Eloise, which he performed with his twin brother, Paul Ryan.

We’ll miss him

Cat Stevens

The tragic news was confirmed by singer Cat Stevens, who penned an emotional tribute to his friend on Facebook.

The statement read: “Yesterday a good old buddy of mine passed away, his name was Barry Ryan.

“Our time together began back in the 60’s when he and his twin brother, Paul, were all tuxedo-suited, poppy teenage stars.

“I had written a song for Paul and Barry Ryan called ‘Keep It Out Of Sight’ and so we began hanging out,” he added.

 

The songwriter went on: “Their step-father was the major entertainment agent, Harold Davidson. We were prone to raving – a lot.

“It was through Barry I met Patti D’Arbanville.

“When I contracted TB, it was Paul who gave me my first introductory book on Buddhism and meditation, The Secret Path, that inspired me to delve deep inside myself in search of ultimate answers to life’s questions.”

He added: “Paul died in 1992, and now Barry has joined him.”

The folk singer revealed that he had recently spoken to Barry ahead of his death.

“When I spoke with him recently he told me he was fully at peace knowing he only had a short time left on this earth,” Cat wrote.

“His trust in God was solid. We’ll miss him.

“I pray the door of God’s mercy will be wide open to meet him on that Day,” the statement ended.

Born in Leeds in 1948 to popstar Marion Ryan, Barry started performing with his twin brother Paul when they were 16.

Two years after landing a record deal, the brothers shot to fame with eight top 50 singles in the UK.

Don’t You Bring Me Your Heartaches, I Love Her and Have Pity on the Boy were their top hits.

However, Paul soon opted out of the limelight, leaving Barry to continue as a solo artist.

But the duo continued to work together in a singer-songwriter capacity and their greatest hit, Eloise, reached number two in the UK charts in 1968 and was awarded a gold disc.

Barry was briefly married to Tunku (Princess) Miriam binti al-Marhum Sultan Sir Ibrahim but they divorced in 1980, after four years of marriage.

While he stopped performing in the 1970s, he went on to become a successful photographer while Paul relocated to America and later left the music industry before returning and managing a chain of hairdressing salons.

Barry’s twin Paul died of lung cancer in 1992 at the age of 44.

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