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Ricky was best known as a Welsh singer ("Tell Laura I Love Her").
Ricky Valance
Birth nameDavid Spencer
Born10 April 1939
Ynysddu, Monmouthshire, Wales
DiedJune 12, 2020(2020-06-12) (aged 81)
Torrevieja, Spain
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer
Years activeLate 1950s–2020
LabelsColumbia, Decca, Crystal, One Media iP
Ricky Valance (10 April 1939 - 12 June 2020) was a Welsh singer. He was best known for the number one single "Tell Laura I Love Her", which sold over a million copies in 1960.
Contents
1 Life and career
2 First Welshman at number one
3 UK singles
3.1 Columbia
3.2 Decca
3.3 Crystal
3.4 Tank
3.5 Umbrella
3.6 One Media iP
4 See also
5 References
6 External links
Life and career
Born David Spencer in Ynysddu, Monmouthshire, Wales, he was the eldest of seven children. He joined the RAF at the age of 17.
He started his musical career after leaving the military. He performed in local clubs for a couple of years before he was discovered by an A&R representative from EMI, placed with the record producer Norrie Paramor and signed to EMI's Columbia label. At the first recording session, Valance was given the chance to cover Ray Peterson's American hit, "Tell Laura I Love Her". He was rewarded with a number 1 hit in September 1960, thanks to airplay on Radio Luxembourg.
The BBC refused to play teenage tragedy songs like "Tell Laura I Love Her". Many American death rock records were simply never released in the United Kingdom.
First Welshman at number one
Ray Peterson's original version of "Tell Laura I Love Her", which was co-written by Jeff Barry, was not released in the United Kingdom, because Decca Records considered it in bad taste. EMI subsequently arranged for Valance to cover the song. Valance thus became the first Welshman to reach the top spot – Shirley Bassey being the first Welsh female with "As I Love You" in February 1959.
After topping the UK Singles Chart, Valance appeared in the 1961 A Song For Europe competition, hoping to represent the UK in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. His song, "Why Can't We?", placed third out of the nine entries; the winner was "Are You Sure?" performed by the Allisons.
Further singles included "Movin' Away" and "Jimmy's Girl". Over 100,000 copies were sold of "Jimmy's Girl", and "Movin' Away" made it to number one in Australia and Scandinavia, with 150,000 copies sold.
Valance lived in Cabo Roig on the outskirts of Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca in Spain, where he performed on a regular basis. He also has a home in Blaenau Gwent in Wales.
UK singles
Columbia
DB4493 – "Tell Laura I Love Her" / "Once Upon a Time" (1960)
DB4543 – "Movin' Away" / "Lipstick on Your Lips" (1960)
DB4586 – "Jimmy's Girl" / "Only the Young" (1961)
DB4592 – "Why Can't We" / "Fisherboy" (1961)
DB4680 – "Bobby" / "I Want to Fall in Love" (1961)
DB4725 – "I Never Had a Chance" / "It's Not True" (1961)
DB4787 – "Try to Forget Her" / "At Times Like These" (1962)
DB4864 – "Don't Play No.9" / "Till the Final Curtain Falls" (1962)
Decca
F12129 – "Six Boys" / "A Face in the Crowd" (1965)
Crystal
CR7004 – "Abigail" / "My Summer Love" (1969) (as Jason Merryweather)
Tank
BSS313 – "Hello Mary Lou" / "Walking in the Sunshine" (1978)
Umbrella
UMO111 – "Daddy's Little Girl" / "Ticket to Dream" (1988)
One Media iP
"Welcome Home" / "Tell Laura I Love Her" (55th Anniversary Edition) (2016)
See also
List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
List of Eurovision: Your Decision contestants
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