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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ruby Ruby

Artist: Ruby Murray
Song: I'll Remember Today (a-side) (b-side is Ain't That A Grand And Glorious Feeling)
Label: Capitol F3947 (White Label Promotional Record)
Number: 45-X42040
Songwriters: Piaf - Engvick
Time: 2:30
Released: November 1957 (?)

Today's featured artist was born Ruby Florence Murray on March 29th, 1935, in Belfast, Ireland. She toured as a child artist and first appeared on television at the age of 12. She acted in motion pictures and performed for the British Royal family. But her most remarkable achievement happened in 1955, when she had 5 singles in the top 20 of the charts at the same time. This is a record that still stands today!
Some of her hits include Heartbeat; Softly, Softly; Happy Days And Lonely Nights; Let Me Go, Lover; If Anyone Finds This; I Love You (with Anne Warren); Evermore; I'll Come When You Call; Real Love; Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye and You Are My First Love. For the complete year of 1955, she had at least one song in the U.K. charts every week. During this time, she had her own television show, performed at the London Palladium in Painting The Town and toured the world. After her last appearance on the charts in the late 1950's, she continued to headline variety shows for another two decades, but her career would never reach such a peak again. She died of liver cancer on December 17th, 1996. Ruby was still performing in cabaret and in nostalgia shows with other stars of the 1950's right up to her death.
Today's song is in waltz time and features Norrie Paramor's Orchestra. Patty Page also had a hit with I'll Remember Today, such was it's popularity. With it's lilting Italian sound, featuring accordian and strings, her strong voice pulls you into her vow about always remembering today. She was a huge star in Great Britain and is still fondly remembered by her fans today. If you don't believe me, download the plaintive I'll Remember Today by Ruby Murray and see for yourself if she doesn't convince you of her sincerity with her fine voice.

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