Born in Belfast’s Donegal Road in 1935, Ruby had to have a throat operation as a child – the result of this was her trademark husky voice.
- A hugely popular singer, Ruby once had her single in the charts each week of 1955. In March 1955 she had five singles in the top twenty at one time.
- As a child star she appeared on television from the age of 12, release her first single ‘Heartbeat’ in 1954, second single ‘Softly Softly’ reached number 1 and from then on, Ruby was a big star.
- She appeared as the resident singer on TV show ‘Quite Contrary’ and had her own television programme in the late 1950s.
- She played the Royal Command Performance, and stared in a film with Frankie Howerd and Denis Price.
- Ruby’s final chart hot was ‘Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye’ in 1959.
- Ruby married twice, and died from liver cancer in 1996. Her biography was written by her ex-husband Bernie Burgees, while playwright Marie Jones wrote a play based on her life. Titled ‘Ruby’ it opened at group Theatre in the city in 2000.
- A commemorative plaque was erected in her honour in 2006 on the fascia if Belfast’s Ulster Hall, a venue where Ruby performed many times as a child.