Ricky Valance Dies: Singer For 'Tell Laura I Love Her' Was 84

Ricky Valance, whose controversial tuy nhiên Tell Laura I Love sầu Her was briefly banned by the BBC, has died after a long battle with dementia. His agent confirmed the death and said he was hospitalized since March.

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Born David Spencer, Valance became the first Welshman to lớn have sầu a solo UK Number One hit with Tell Laura I Love sầu Her in 1960. He had been in the Air Force before embarking on a music career.

Adopting the name Ricky Valance, he began performing in clubs in the north of England. He was signed khổng lồ a record khuyễn mãi giảm giá and recorded his signature tuy vậy, whichtells the tragic story of a boy called Tommy who dies in an accident, but manages lớn gasp out a final statement on his love sầu for a girl called Laura.


The tuy nhiên was controversial upon release in those more conservative times, and briefly banned by the BBC because of fears it was an incitement to commit suicide. But its notoriety soon led the BBC lớn relent on airing it. Tell Laura I Love Her went on to be a number one single, selling more than a million copies & spending three weeks at No. 1.

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For Valance, it was his only hit, but he managed to lớn live sầu off it và kept performing well inlớn his 70s.

In 2015, Valance was given an award at a St David’s Day concert at the Wales Millennium Centre for being the first Welshman khổng lồ have a UK Number One hit. He released a final single in 2017 to lớn raise money for theRoyal Air Force Museum & RAF Association.


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