Complete Decca recordings of The Vernons trio line up all in one place
Important proto Brit Girl group
Exclusive input from original group members plus their archive photos
New digital re-master from original Decca master tapes.
In popular music terms, the Vernons Girls story had it all. Girls, first and
foremost ; a lightning flash of late fift ies rock n roll, the dawning of pop
culture on TV, more girls, the start of the swinging sixties, Mersey Beat,
the rise and rise of the Beatles; and still those girls kept coming. There was
even the beaut iful game and a few score draws thrown in for good luck
Assembled from employees of Vernons Football Pools in Liverpool, the
original 70 piece choir quit singing about Nymphs and Shepherds and became
TV regulars on 6.5 Special and Oh Boy! as a 16 piece wearing short shorts,
white bucks and saddle shoes. Various girls left to carve out careers of their
own - Lyn Cornell, The Breakaways and The Ladybirds - becoming the
backbone of the studio session circuit for the next two decades.
By 1962, a slimmed down trio of Maureen Kennedy, Frances Lee and Jean
Owen arrived at Decca Records and some serious hit making began. From
that opening shuffle of Clyde McPhatter s Lover Please , the girls meant
business with further UK takes on US girl group classics The Locomotion ,
Do The Bird and Tomorrow Is Another Day as well as creating a home
grown girl group classic of their own - Only You Can Do It - from the only
man who could, Charles Blackwell. Novelty numbers You Know What I Mean
and Funny All Over returned the girls to their musical roots sung in the
Scousest tongue in cheek this side of Bootle. All tracks sparkle with a variety
of musical styles shining through on this new collection - the first to compile
their complete Decca output including swansong It s A Sin To Tell A Lie and
sleeve notes contributions from original member Jean Owen, later to
become RPM Dream Babe, Samantha Jones. We love the Vernons Girls at RPM
and can guarantee this proto-Brit girl compilation in all but name will ensure
you do too!
(2010/RPM) 22 tracks with 16 page booklet. The girl trio whose recordings and performances, involving key player musical director Charles Blackwell, laid down the foundations for the following Brit Girl scene. Here are the complete record releases for the trio line uo with Decca 1962 - 1964.