A curry yesterday

Dawn asks:

“Can anyone tell me where the term Ruby Murray (meaning curry) came from, as my brothers unfortunate enough to have a name that sounds a lot like Ruby Murray so I’ve been wondering bout this for years!”

Ruby Murray is classic Cockney Rhyming Slang for curry. I can tell you that around these parts “going out for a Ruby” is a most popular pastime.

That’s probably why there are so many Indian restaurants in London called simply “The Ruby” or “Ruby Murray” (see below).

The Ruby Murray restaurant Clerkenwell, London
The Ruby Murray restaurant Clerkenwell, London

Ruby Murray (1935–1996) was a popular singer from Northern Ireland. She was born on March 29, 1935, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and became one of the most successful and acclaimed singers in the United Kingdom during the 1950s. Ruby Murray is best known for her hit songs, including “Softly, Softly,” “Heartbeat,” and “Evermore.”

Her career took off in the mid-1950s, and she achieved several chart successes, making her one of the leading female recording artists of that era. Ruby Murray’s warm and expressive voice, coupled with her ability to convey emotion in her performances, endeared her to a wide audience.

Despite her success, her recording career declined in the 1960s, and she retired from the music industry in the early 1970s.

Ruby Murray passed away on December 17, 1996, at the age of 61. She left behind a musical legacy, and her contributions to the music industry during the 1950s are remembered by those who appreciate the music of that era.

There is a web site dedicated to her:

I wonder though if her name lives on through cockney rhyming slang more than in does through her music?