The Lana Sisters

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The Lana Sisters
Origin England
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Group
Years active 1958–1961
Labels Fontana Records
Associated acts The Chantelles
Past members Riss Long
Lynne Abrams
Mary O'Brien

The Lana Sisters were formed by Iris Long in 1958, along with Lynne Abrams. They put an advert in The Stage for a third member and got a reply from Mary O'Brien, who would go on to solo success a few years later as Dusty Springfield. After Iris left the Lana Sisters she formed the Chantelles with two friends.[1]

They were managed by Evelyn Taylor, as they toured around England. They appeared on the BBC's Drumbeat with Adam Faith and John Barry, and later took part in a Christmas special "Tommy Steele’s Spectacular" with the song "Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Backseat".

They appeared twice at the Royal Albert Hall and toured with Cliff Richard, Adam Faith, and Morecambe & Wise. The song "You've Got What it Takes" became a Top 10 hit in Ireland in 1960.

When Dusty Springfield left the Lana Sisters she joined her brother Tom Springfield and another friend to make The Springfields. She went solo in 1963.


Year Single Chart Positions
1958 "Chimes Of Arcady"
1959 " Buzzin'"
"Mister Dee-Jay"
"(Seven Little Girls) Sitting In The Back Seat"
(with Al Saxon)
1960 "My Mother's Eyes'"
"Someone Loves You, Joe"
"Down South"


Year Song Peak chart positions Original A-Side Single
1960 "You've Got What It Takes" 10 "My Mother's Eyes"


  1. ^ "Dusty Springfield's Lana Sisters Years Compiled By RPM". The Second Disc. April 29, 2011.