Ronnie Carroll

Ronnie Carroll (born Ronald Cleghorn, 18 August 1934, Roslyn Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish singer and entertainer. Through work in variety theatre he met his first wife, Millicent Martin. He scored his first hit in 1956 with "Walk Hand in Hand" on the Philips label. Having taken part in the 1960 UK Eurovision selection contest with the song "Girl With A Curl", he returned to win the selection and be Britain's entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1962, and with the song "Ring-A-Ding Girl" shared fourth place, the same placing he reached in 1963 with another British Eurovision Song Contest entry, "Say Wonderful Things". Carroll is the only singer to have represented the UK in the competition two years in succession. This success was followed by two Top 10 hits during 1962 and 1963, but a lack of good material meant that he could not sustain a chart presence. Although somehow never quite breaking through into the very top flight of British singers, Ronnie Carroll's output on disc was well enough received. Carroll subsequently worked on cruise ships, including the QE2, with John Marcangelo who was the drummer with the Ronnie Carroll Orchestra.


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