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The Kaye Sisters

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This UK pop trio comprised Sheila Jones (b. 21 October 1936, Lewisham, London, England), Shirley ‘Shan’ Palmer (b. 15 August 1938, Hull, England) and Carol Young (b. Carol Mayall, 12 April 1930, Oldham, Lancashire, England, d. August 2006, Brighton, Sussex, England). Formed in 1954 by Carmen Kaye and originally known as the Three Kayes, their big break came when they appeared on television’s In Town Tonight in 1956. They followed this with two weeks at the London Palladium and then their debut single, a cover version of the Charms’ ‘Ivory Tower’ on HMV Records, made the UK Top 20. They joined Philips Records in 1957 and their first two Top 10 hits, which came in the company of Frankie Vaughan, were cover versions of Bob Jaxon’s ‘Gotta Have Something In The Bank Frank’ (their royalties going to the Boys Clubs, an organization with which Vaughan has been involved for many years) and the Fleetwoods’ ‘Come Softly To Me’. Of the many singles they released, their only solo Top 10 hit was their version of Anita Bryant’s US hit ‘Paper Roses’ in 1960. Philips also issued three EPs, 1958’s Presenting The Kaye Sisters, 1959’s The Kayes At The Colony, and 1960’s Kaye Sisters Favourites. Jones retired in the late 60s and was replaced by Gilly. They continued to work, often supporting Max Bygraves. Young left in the late 70s to pursue an acting career, and appeared in the ITV series Albion Market and top soap opera Coronation Street. ‘Shan and Gilly Kaye’ appeared at the 1978 Royal Command Performance, and sang together in theatres and cabaret during the 80s. The original three members were reunited in 1992 and 1993, singing numbers made famous by the Andrews Sisters in UK tours of In The Mood, a tribute to Glenn Miller.
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