Ronnie Carroll

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": pop oldies eurovision eur62 uk62 eur63 uk63 under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Ronald Cleghorn, 18 August 1934, Belfast, Northern Ireland. A singer with an extremely high baritone voice, who became known as ‘The Minstrel’, Carroll also worked as a baker, plumber, greengrocer, milkman, car mechanic and auctioneer’s assistant. He began his career in shows promoted by Ruby Murray’s father, then joined Eddie Lee’s Hollywood Doubles Show, ‘blacking up’ to provide Nat ‘King’ Cole impressions. Cole attended his performance in Liverpool and asked, ‘What are you trying to do, cripple me?’. Carroll toured the UK variety circuit with the show, adding Billy Eckstine material to his repertoire. After BBC producer Albert Stevenson gave him his television debut, he met singer and actress Millicent Martin on a show and they were married in 1959.

Carroll was signed to Philips Records by A&R manager Johnny Franz who had seen him at the London Metropolitan, Edgware Road. In the...

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