Eloise (Paul Ryan song)

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Barry Ryan - Eloise.jpg
Single by Barry Ryan
from the album Barry Ryan Sings Paul Ryan
B-side "Love I Almost Found You"
Released4 October 1968 (1968-10-04)
Studio IBC, London
Genre Baroque pop, progressive pop
Label MGM
Songwriter(s) Paul Ryan
Producer(s) Bill Landis
Barry Ryan singles chronology
"Love Is Love"

"Eloise" is a song first released in 1968 on the MGM label. It was sung by Barry Ryan, and written by his twin brother Paul Ryan. Running for over five minutes, it featured strong orchestration, melodramatic vocals and a brief slow interlude. It sold three million copies worldwide, [1] and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart as published by Record Retailer , [2] but hit No. 1 in the NME and Melody Maker charts. [3] [4] It topped the chart in 17 countries, [1] [5] including Italy, [6] the Netherlands [7] and Australia. [8]


The single was released as "Barry Ryan with the Majority". [9] The Majority were a pop band, who for a period, were the backing band for Ryan and who, after renaming to Majority One, had some success in Europe. [10] Ryan also released an Italian-language version of the song, "Eloise (Versione Italiana)", in 1968. [11]

Background and recording

After not being able to cope with the success of some of his hits as a duo with Barry, Paul decided to take a step away from the limelight and to concentrate on songwriting. "Eloise" was the second song he wrote and was influenced by Richard Harris' arrangement of "MacArthur Park" after listening to a rough mix of it at a party at Harris' house. [12] [13] After listening to it, Paul locked himself away and wrote "Eloise" in three days. The song was then recorded at IBC Studios at the end of a recording session with their mother Marion and they only had two takes to do it due to the length of the song. The session musicians included Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, both of whom went on to form Led Zeppelin, and Glenn Ross Campbell. Everyone then wanted to go to the mixing desk to listen to the end result due to it being so unusual and they said it was going to be a big hit. [12]


The Damned version

The Damned - Eloise.jpg
Single by The Damned
B-side "Temptation"
Released27 January 1986 (1986-01-27)
Recorded14–15 October 1985, Music Works, London
23–24 November 1985, Eel Pie, London [46]
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Paul Ryan
Producer(s) Jon Kelly
The Damned singles chronology
"Is It a Dream?"

On the back of the commercial success of the 1985 Phantasmagoria album, the Damned released their cover of the track as a single in 1986. It reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. [47]

Background and release

Dave Vanian had been thinking about doing a cover of the song from at least 1980 and in 1985 wanted to do a non-album single. Rat Scabies did not want a third single released from Phantasmagoria, which MCA wanted to do. It was decided that "Eloise" could be recorded as long as "Is It a Dream?" was released as the third single. [48]

The single was released in the UK with two different 12" mixes. The first was nine and a half minutes long and is known as the 'Extravagant Mix'. The second was shorter, lasting less than seven minutes and was released with the parenthesised 'No Sleep Until Wednesday Mix'. It was also a limited release of 2,000 copies.

"Eloise" was not included on any studio albums, but has since been issued on several Damned compilations, and it appeared as a bonus track on the 1986 reissued LP versions of Phantasmagoria in Australia, Germany and Italy. MCA also issued the single in Germany, Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.

At the same time, a version of "Eloise" by Far Corporation singer Robin McAuley was released. McAuley said that the Damned's version had "got absolutely no chance of making it in the charts". Of the two competing versions at the time, Barry Ryan said that "I like the Damned's version best, it's even better than mine". [48]


The backing track was recorded at Music Works Studios in London on 14 and 15 October 1985. There were due to be a further two days of recording at the studios, but they were cancelled due to a death in one of the band's family. The band were very committed to touring, so were unable to continue recording for a while. Recording finally continued on 23 November at Eel Pie Studios, and was finished by the next day. It was then mixed at Swanyard Studios with the help of Stuart Bruce. [46]

Steve Kutner, who signed the Damned to MCA, has said that "it was a nightmare track to record", being "originally twice as long as what came out". Scabies wasn't convinced by the song and has said that "it never sounded finished to me" and Roman Jugg has said that Vanian had actually ended up calling MCA to ask them not to release it. [48]

Track listing

7": MCA / GRIM 4 (UK)

  1. "Eloise" (Ryan) – 5:10
  2. "Temptation" (Jugg, Scabies, Vanian, Merrick) – 4:05

12": MCA / GRIMT 4 (UK)

  1. "Eloise" – 9:31
  2. "Beat Girl" (Barry, Peacock) – 2:21
  3. "Temptation" – 4:12

12": MCA / GRIMX 4 (UK)

  1. "Eloise" (No Sleep Until Wednesday Mix) – 6:50
  2. "Beat Girl" – 2:21
  3. "Temptation" – 4:12

12": MCA / MCA-23625 (US & Canada)

  1. "Eloise" – 5:10
  2. "Beat Girl" – 2:16
  3. "Temptation" – 4:05

A shorter extended version of the song has also since been released, with a duration of 7:46.

Production credits




Tino Casal version

Single by Tino Casal
from the album Lágrimas de Cocodrilo
Language Spanish
B-side "Angel Exterminador"
Studio Abbey Road, London
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Paul Ryan
Producer(s) Julián Ruiz
Tino Casal singles chronology
"Teatro de a Oscuridad"
"Oro Negro"

Spanish musician Tino Casal recorded a techno-pop [57] version in 1987 for his album Lágrimas de Cocodrilo and was released as the first single from the album in 1988. "Eloise" was one of his biggest hits, [58] managing to be number one for several weeks in Spain and reaching number one on Los 40 Principales in June 1988 . [59] [60] After a long convalescence after having suffered necrosis in both legs due to a badly treated sprain, Casal's friend, the announcer and producer Julián Ruiz, suggested that he record "Eloise" to return to the stage. [61]

Over time this song has become a classic of Spanish pop and one of Casal's most remembered songs. [62] [63] [64] The vocals for this song took a week to record in Studio 1 of Abbey Road [65] [66] with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, [67] conducted by Andrew Powell. [66] The budget for the recordings was approximately 12,000€. [66] The lyrics were adapted by Casal, [68] as well as the costumes for the recording of the videoclip, an aquamarine blue sequin suit. [59] [69] [70] After the success of the song, Tino Casal recorded an extended version of the song at the Eurosonic Studio. [66]

A remix by Pumpin' Dolls was released as a promo single in 2000 by Chrysalis Records to promote the compilation album Casal Vive. [71]

Track listings

7": EMI / 006 12 2255 7

  1. "Eloise" – 5:28
  2. "Angel Exterminador" – 4:45

12": EMI / 052 12 2274 6

  1. "Eloise" (Version Maxi) – 5:42
  2. "Eloise" – 6:08
  3. "Angel Exterminador" – 4:45

Promo CD: Chrysalis / PE00061 (2000)

  1. "Eloise" (Pumpin' Dolls Radio Edit) – 4:25
  2. "Eloise" (Pumpin' Dolls Hyperdrama Club Mix) – 9:08
  3. "Eloise" – 5:23


Chart (1988)Peak
Spain (AFYVE) [72] 1
Spain (Los 40 Principales) [59] 1

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