Maureen Evans

b. 23 March 1940, Cardiff, Wales. Evans began her singing career on the Embassy label in 1958, which made budget-priced recordings of contemporary hits for the UK’s Woolworths chain-store. A year later she moved to Oriole Records and enjoyed chart success with ‘The Big Hurt’ in 1960, and peaked two years after with ‘Like I Do’. This perky offering, more teen-orientated than Evans’ normal fare, reached the UK Top 3, but later releases failed to emulate its success. She continued to release singles into the late 60s but issued just one EP, 1963’s Melancholy Me. In 1965, she changed labels once again to CBS Records but her rather dated style was quickly surpassed by younger-minded artists, although ‘Never Let Him Go’, was an excellent interpretation of a David Gates’ song. Evans stopped recording at the end of the 60s and opened her own stage school in Cardiff.

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