’60s pop singer Twinkle dies aged 66

The singer-songwriter achieved fame with 1964 hit 'Terry'

Lynn Ripley, aka pop singer-songwriter Twinkle, has died of cancer at the age of 66.

Born in Surbiton, south-west London in 1948, Ripley achieved brief fame when her 1964 hit ‘Terry’, written when she was 14 about a dead motorcyclist, went to Number Four in the UK Singles Chart.

The song was banned by both the BBC and ITV after Lord Willis declared it “dangerous drivel”, The Telegraph reports.

‘Terry’ was later covered by numerous artists including British/German musician Anika for her 2010 self-titled debut. Listen to the original track by scrolling below and the Anika cover here.

Following the success of ‘Terry’, Ripley later toured with The Rolling Stones but failed to deliver another hit, moving in to a house in Hampton with seven dogs and a pig. After four singles for Decca and sporadic one-off recordings, she became an animal rights activist and toured the nostalgia circuit in the ’90s.

Ripley is survived by her husband, as well as their son and daughter.