Carlo Santanna

This picture was taken in September 1974 at The Golden Garter, Manchester, during my first year with PAPER LACE.

This picture was taken in September 1974 at The Golden Garter, Manchester, during my first year with PAPER LACE.


I joined Paper Lace, signing contracts on April 6th 1974 as a full member and a director.

This photo is from Diana magazine. The snazzy costumes were designed by Colin Wild in his Carnaby Street Boutique. He also designed for The Three Degrees, Mud, The Hollies, Alvin Stardust and many more stars. He designed all our outfits, from diamante-studded suits to catsuits.

We recorded The Black Eyed Boys and subsequently performed the song appearing on Top of The Pops and many TV shows throughout Europe.


London Palladium

In 1974 We appeared at the London Palladium with Mama Cass from the Mamas and the Papas.

Later that year we were to appear before Her Royal Highness The Queen Mother on the occasion of the Royal Variety Command Performance. ( see below )

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Meeting the Queen Mum

Backstage at the London Palladium after The Royal Command Performance 1974


Daily Male

In all modesty I was the pin-up boy of the band. Haha!

This is from The Sun Newspaper in 1974. Page 7 was the male version of their Page 3. 


Recording session

We are seen here recording the LP "Paper Lace And Other Bits Of Material" at Majestic Studios, Clapham High Street, London.


Billy Don't be a hero

This was Top of The Pops Christmas 1974.

Here is a link to Youtube:-

"billy don't be a hero"



The Night Chicago Died

This was No.1 in America.

However, after a tour of the USA  I left the band in February 1975 to pursue a solo career.



Hitchin' a ride '75

This was the last song I recorded with Paper Lace in the 70's line-up. 


This is PAPER LACE - GREATEST HITS, one of many CDs we released.

PAPER LACE sold over 20 million copies throughout the world.


Solo Career

In 1977 I had a record deal with PHILIPS PHONOGRAM. Produced by Chris Peers and Harry Robinson from LORD ROCKINGHAM's 11, I recorded "I'LL BE SEEING YOU" and later "HOLD MY HAND (ARIA)" which charted in this country and got to number 3 in Australia. Then I recorded a CD with THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Later I was advised to change my name to BARRY CHRISTIAN, moved to the MERCURY label, and was produced by JOHN "MUTT" LANGE who was to marry SHANIA TWAIN. I released "ALISON", written by ELVIS COSTELLO. I've appeared on many TV shows and in 1977 was voted No.1 vocalist in the National Club Mirror Awards.


I've played in many venues at home and abroad. This is a photo of me appearing alongside ROY WALKER, one of the many stars I've worked with on various cruise ships over the last few years.


Carlo's Scrapbook