Lana Sisters

This vocal trio was formed in 1958 by Iris ‘Riss’ Long with Lynne Abrams and Mary O’Brien (b. 16 April 1939, Hampstead, London, England, d. 2 March 1999, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England), the latter found through a newspaper advertisement placed by Long. Under the management of the Joe Collins agency, the trio secured bookings on television’s 6:5 Special and Drumbeat. They also signed a contract with Fontana Records. An early recording was ‘Chimes Of Arcady’/‘Ring-A-My-Phone’ and this was followed in 1959 by ‘Buzzin’’/‘Cry, Cry Baby’, ‘Mr. Dee-Jay’/‘Tell Him No’ and ‘Sitting On The Sidewalk’/‘Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat’, the latter sung by the trio with Al Saxon on television’s Tommy Steele Spectacular. In 1960 they recorded ‘My Mother’s Eyes’/‘You’ve Got What It Takes’, ‘Tintarella Di Luna’/‘Someone Loves You, Joe’, ‘Down South’/‘Twosome’ and a US release of ‘Down South’ backed by ‘A Heart Divided’ on which they joined Kenny Colman. The trio appeared in London and also toured the UK, including appearing as a supporting act for artists such as Nat ‘King’ Cole, Adam Faith, Guy Mitchell, Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele. They also made appearances on television shows headlined by Mike and Bernie Winters and by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. When the trio folded, O’Brien, now known as Dusty Springfield, became a member of the Springfields, while Riss Long, who had been calling herself Riss Lana, became Riss Chantelle and formed the Chantelles. In the mid-60s, the Chantelles had some moderately successful records, including ‘I Want That Boy’/‘London My Home Town’, ‘Sticks And Stones’/‘The Secret Of My Success’, ‘Gonna Get Burned’/‘Gonna Give Him Some Love’, ‘I Think Of You’/‘Please Don’t Kiss Me’, all for Parlophone Records. ‘There’s Something About You’/‘Just Another Fool’ followed on Polydor Records, ‘The Man I Love’/‘Blue Mood’ for CBS Records, and ‘Out Of My Mind’/‘More To Love’ for GNP Crescendo Records. The Chantelles folded in 1968.

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