1958: Marion ‘Monroe’ came to town

Marion Ryan opening a new shop on Aylesbury High Street in 1958
Marion Ryan opening a new shop on Aylesbury High Street in 1958

Pop star excites young fans at shop opening.

She was certainly a hit with her young fans when singer Marion Ryan opened a new shop in the High Street, Aylesbury, in 1958.

The singer was actually born Marian Ryan in Middlesbrough and was once called “the Marilyn Monroe of popular song.”

She died in Boca Raton, Florida, aged 67, of heart failure.

Ryan was the regular singer in the popular musical quiz Spot the Tune, on Granada Television for seven years from 1956, with a total of 209 half-hour programmes, that featured several star hosts including disc-jockey Pete Murray, the Canadian pop singer Jackie Rae, and the comedians Ken Platt and Ted Ray, and also Peter Knight and his orchestra.