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|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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29 March 1935, Belfast, Northern Ireland, d. 17 December 1996, Torquay, Devon, England One of the most popular singers in the UK during the 50s, Murray toured Ulster as a child singer in various variety shows, and, after being spotted by producer Richard Afton, made her television debut at the age of 12. Stringent Irish laws regarding child performers held her back for two years, and she returned to school in Belfast until she was 14. In 1954 she travelled to London in comedian Tommy Morgans touring revue, Mrs. Mulligans Hotel, and was again seen by Afton, at the famous Metropolitan Theatre, Edgware Road. He offered her a position as resident singer on BBC Televisions Quite Contrary, replacing Joan Regan who was about to leave.
Signed to Columbia Records by recording manager and musical director Ray Martin, Murrays first release, Heartbeat, made the UK Top 5 in 1954, and was followed by Softly,...