The Avons

Genres: Doo Wop
Descriptive "tags": oldies pop 60s doo wop rockabilly close harmony Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia

Biography

Sisters-in-law Valerie (1936, Willesden, London, England) and Elaine Murtagh (b. 1940, County Cork, Eire) originally performed as the Avon Sisters. After being discovered singing at the 1958 BBC Radio Exhibition, they signed to UK Columbia Records where they recorded with producer Norrie Paramor. Their debut was ‘Which Witch Doctor’ with the Mudlarks and their debut solo release was a cover version of ‘Jerri O’ - both songs failed to chart. They added Ray Adams (b. 1938, Jersey, Channel Islands), whom they spotted singing with Nat Gonella’s Band, and then changed their name to the Avons. Their first single under the new name, a cover version of Paul Evans’ ‘Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat’ in 1959, gave them their only UK Top 20 chart entry. The light-pop trio had three minor hits and last charted with a cover version of ‘Rubber Ball’ in 1961. In 1962 a song they had written, ‘Dance On’, became...

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