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Barry Greenway

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Barry Greenway, one of the founder members of sixties and seventies vocal group the New Faces, died on July 28 following complications after a long illness.

An accomplished boy soprano, Barry toured throughout the fifties as one of the original Francis Langford singing scholars, doing several summer seasons in Blackpool with stars including Albert Modley, David Whitfield and Terry-Thomas.

In the late fifties he toured extensively with the scholars in the variety theatres of Scotland, appearing with such names as Jack Milroy, Jimmy Logan, Clarke and Murray, the Alexander brothers and Johnny Victory.

Upon leaving the singing scholars in the early sixties he formed the New Faces with Charlie McKay, a fellow scholar, and a young lady called Marie. They had success with such shows as ITV’s The Saturday Crowd with Leslie Crowther, where they were the resident singers, and also The Des O’Connor Show. The trio also toured in both Britain and abroad.

Barry married Marie, the singer with the group, but the pairing did not last more than a few years. However, the highlight of his life was when his daughter Lara was born. He adored her and she is now working as an actress in films and television.

When the New Faces split up, Barry moved to Edinburgh, a city he loved. Some years ago he developed leukaemia which hospitalised him, and although this was in remission, he developed pneumonia which contributed to his death aged 64.

He is survived by his only daughter, Lara.

Malcolm Carmichae

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