The Caravelles

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The Caravelles, Lois Wilkinson (born 3 April 1944 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England) and Andrea Simpson (born 9 September 1946 in Finchley, London),[1] were a British duo girl band, best known for their 1963 hit single, "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry".

Career[edit]

The Caravelles were named after the Sud Aviation Caravelle, a French aircraft.[2] Their best known song, "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry", was originally a regional hit for Moon Mullican, and then was used as the B-side to Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit single "Sixteen Tons".[3] The Caravelles' version of "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry" reached #3 in the Billboard Hot 100 in America,[2] and #6 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] Carrying over into the next year, the song became the first British record on the Hot 100 in 1964, besting The Beatles by two weeks.

They could not maintain their success, and Lois Wilkinson began recording solo under the name Lois Lane.[1] Andrea Simpson continued to use the band name "The Caravelles" through the 1980s in groups with other musicians, and still performed occasionally into the 1990s.[2]

Partial Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US UK AU
1963 "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry" 3 6 48
"I Really Don't Want to Know" - - -
1964 "Have You Ever Been Lonely" - - 93
"You Are Here" - - -
"I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine" - - -
"True Love Never Runs Smooth" - - -
1967 "Hey Mama You've Been On My Mind" - - -
"I Want to Love You Again" - - -
1968 "The Other Side of Love" - - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p95
  2. ^ a b c Allmusic biography
  3. ^ 45-rpm.org.uk biographical notes
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 92. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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