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Born on 4th July 1944 in Manchester, England, Bryan was four years old when his parents moved to Australia, settling in Sydney. Between the ages of four and eight he was a child photographic model. His interest in music began a short time later when he took up playing the drums. By the time he was ten years old he was singing regularly on radio station 2SM's Gang Show. Bryan, with his clean-cut good looks, became Australia's answer to the American teen idols of the late Fifties and early Sixties.

He made his singing debut on 27th September 1960 on Channel Seven's television show Teen Time and in March 1961 he made his debut performance on Channel Nine's Bandstand. He soon became a Bandstand regular and this led to him signing a recording contract with EMI Records. His first single was released in March on EMI's subsidiary label Columbia Records but it failed to make the charts. His follow-up, a cover of American teen idol Mark Wynter's Dream Girl, was released in June on EMI's other subsidiary label HMV Records and spent eighteen weeks in the chart, peaking nationally at number one, an honor it had to share with the original version.

Davies had a Top 10 hit single in October with Five Foot Two and a Top 40 hit in February 1962. In March he scored his own television program on the ABC. At seventeen-years-old Bryan became the youngest compere to host a national television show. The Bryan Davies Show ran for seventy-two episodes before being dropped in 1963. In October 1962, he met Norrie Paramour a top British composer, producer and conductor who was touring Australia with British female singer Helen Shapiro.

Paramour was so impressed with Bryan and encouraged him to come and record in the UK. During 1963 he released two more singles but neither made any impact on the charts. In December he appeared in the surfing musical Once Upon A Surfie before sailing to London in February 1964. Although he didn't go on to achieve international stardom the trip did stimulate him as an entertainer. Bryan returned to Australia in October with a different singing style and a new 'mod' appearance. 

Between 1965 and 1968 he recorded eight singles for the HMV label with his only chart success coming in 1967. He continued to work the club and cabaret until the late Sixties and in February 1981 re-emerged on the short-lived Channel Seven television program Catch Us If You Can.

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