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]

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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