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Ryan Davies (22 January 1937-22 April 1977) was a popular Welsh entertainer of the 1960s and 1970s. January 22 is the 22nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English, Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² NUTS 1... The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ...

He was born in the Black Mountains of mid-Wales, and made his name on Welsh language television shows such as Fo a Fe and Ryan a Ronnie, in which he appeared with Ronnie Williams. Ryan had a simultaneous solo career as a singer, pianist and songwriter. The Black Mountains are a group of hills in south-eastern Wales, and a small part of Herefordshire, England. ... Welsh redirects here, and this article describes the Welsh language. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert In music a singer is a type of musician who uses his or her voice as an instrument to produce music. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ...

Ryan starred as 2nd Voice in the 1972 film Under Milk Wood with Richard Burton.

Ryan and Ronnie's show became so popular that it was moved to BBC1 and broadcast in English, winning them a much wider audience, and three series were shown between 1971 and 1973. Ryan's speciality was dressing up as a "typical" Welsh housewife for a weekly sketch on the show known as "Our House", in which Ryan played "Mam" and Ronnie played Will, the father. The running joke was that "Mam" doted on her son, Nigel Wyn, and forgave him anything, while being indifferent to her daughter, Phyllis Doris. Both children were played by adults, the former appearing dressed in school uniform. "Will" was the silent type, though each week, Nigel Wyn would address him as "Will" and "Will" would say, "Don't call Will on your father". (The joke being that "call on" is a direct translation from the Welsh "Paid a galw Will ar dy dad!".) BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...

In 1975, the duo split (the official reason being Ronnie's ill-health), with Ryan continuing to appear extensively on television and making a traditional Christmas appearance in pantomime at the Grand Theatre, Swansea. However, it was Ryan who died suddenly of an asthma attack while visiting the USA. The story goes that he had just been offered the part of Compo in Last of the Summer Wine. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Christmas is a holiday observed in much of the world on 25 December (or on 7 January in most Eastern Orthodox Churches). ... Pantomime may refer to two different types of performing arts. ... View of Oxford Street in Swansea city centre Marina, formerly South Dock in the Maritime Quarter Aerial view of Swansea Bay Swansea (Welsh: Abertawe, mouth of the Tawe) is a city and county in South Wales, situated on the coast immediately to the east of the Gower Peninsula. ... Last of the Summer Wine, written by Roy Clarke, is a British sitcom, which has run longer than any other comedy series in the world, now in its twenty-sixth series. ...

Ryan and Ronnie were hugely popular in Wales. They were the first comedians ever to make tv series in Welsh and English, and were thought of fondly as the Welsh answer to Morecambe and Wise.

Ronnie's career never flourished after the break with Ryan and he was said to have a problem with alcohol. He eventually committed suicide.



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