Ruby and the Duke

60’ documentary for RTÉ One
broadcast 18th January 2011

The definitive Ruby Murray documentary and a musical tribute to one of Ireland’s cultural heroes.

The music world before Elvis was dominated by a young British singer whose distinctive voice secured five top-20 singles at the same time – a world record only beaten by the late Michael Jackson. This incredible performer was Ruby Murray, a sweet girl from loyalist Belfast whose stage-fright and nerves drove her to drink and a premature death. Belfast singer/songwriter Duke Special uncovers the truth behind Ruby’s extraordinary life and career and reveals the darker side of the music industry’s ‘golden age’.

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