A RECORDING artist and entertainer who soared to the top of the British hit parade for three weeks in 1960 is coming to Boston’s Blackfriars Theatre on Saturday.
Ricky Valance entered the Top 50 on August 25 with Tell Laura I Love Her and stayed in the charts for 16 weeks hitting the number one spot on September 29 and staying there for three weeks.
For it he achieved silver, gold and platinum discs and knocked The Shadows Apache off the top, beating competition from artists including Cliff Richard, Eddie Cochran, The Every Brothers and Elvis.
The track sold more than seven million copies worldwide.
He then went on to have further hits in the UK as well as Holland, Germany, Sweden, Japan and Australia.
His songs included Once Upon A Time, Movin’ Away, Lipstick on Your Lips, Jimmy’s Girl, Only the Young and Six Boys.
He stayed for two more years working with Columbia records before departing after the arrival of the Beatles, Herman’s Hermits, The Rolling Stones and the Merrybeat Sounds.
Born and brought up in South Wales, in his early years Ricky went to chapel every Sunday and followed in his father’s footsteps working as a miner.
He then took up singing and his first record Tell Laura was originally sung by Ray Peterson but it was his own version which proved most popular.
Nowadays, he lives with his wife on the Costa Blanca, in Spain. He has two children who have left home and live in Bedford.
In recent years he has taken different paths into acting, television, theatre and country music.
He recorded in Nashville in 2001 and charted in the US Country Charts and in the Contemporary Christian Charts.
He has also hosted his own TV chat show, a golfing show for Living in Spain TV, and has starred in a short film called The Mob.
Ricky promises a voice which has matured to a rich fullness, projected with tremendous effect.
He is supported in this concert by The Originals, a local band which include former members of the ‘60s recording band The Riot Squad and Country Band Wells Fargo.
The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£10 conc).
To book call 01205 363108.