Radio Mans fave with The Avons


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The Avons were a British pop vocal group. Originally composed of Valerie Murtagh (born 1936, WillesdenLondon) and Elaine Murtagh, (born 1940, County CorkIreland) and known as ‘The Avon Sisters’, they added Raymond S. Adams (born 1938, JerseyChannel Islands), and changed their name to ‘The Avons’.

Early days[edit]

The two sisters-in-law Valerie and Elaine (sometimes known as Eileen) Murtagh,[1] performed as ‘The Avon Sisters’ at the 1958 BBC Radio Exhibition, in the Olympia Exhibition HallsEarls Court, London. There they were heard by Norrie Paramor, who signed them to the UK‘s Columbia label.[2]

Their first recording was with The Mudlarks on the B-side of their 1958 single “My Grandfather Clock”, a cover of “Which Witch Doctor”.[2] Following this they added Ray Adams from Nat Gonella‘s band, and changed their name to ‘The Avons’.[2]


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