The Joystrings

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The Joy Strings
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active1963–69
Websitejoystrings.co.uk
Past members See members section for others

The Joystrings (originally credited as The Joy Strings) were a 1960s UK Christian music group led by classically trained keyboard player and singer Joy Webb, an officer (now retired) in the Salvation Army.

History[edit]

After appearing on Cliff Michelmore's BBC Tonight television show, they were given a recording contract by EMI Records. In 1964 they became the first Salvation Army pop group to achieve chart success with "It's An Open Secret" and "On A Starry Night". The main members through the years were Joy Webb (who wrote the group's first hit), Peter and Sylvia Dalziel, Bill Davidson and Wycliffe Noble. The group had a number of other singers drawn, at intervals, from cadets at the William Booth Memorial Training College, Denmark Hill in London.

They also recorded a version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," using the music of The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun" -- an unusual blending. [1]

In September 2013, 50 years after the Joystrings' formation, group member Sylvia Dalziel wrote about the group in a book published by Shield Books. The book included an introduction by General John Larsson, a tribute from Sir Cliff Richard, a full discography and many photographs never previously published.[2]

Discography[edit]

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Singles[edit]

  • "It's An Open Secret" (1964) - UK Number 32[4] (Regal Zonophone: RZ501)
  • "Million Songs" (1964)
  • "A Starry Night" (1964) - UK Number 34[4]
  • "All Alone" (1965)
  • "The Only One" (1965)
  • "No Time To Lose"/"Love That's All Around" (Epic Records (USA): 5-10195)
  • "Christmas Can Be Every Day For You" (1966)

EPs[edit]

  • The Joy Strings (1964)
  • The Song Break (1964)
  • Joy Strings Abroad (1965)
  • Have Faith in God (1965)
  • Christmas with The Joy Strings (1965)

Albums[edit]

  • Well Seasoned (1966) EPIC Records, USA
  • Carols Around The World (1967)
  • Joystrings Restrung (2011)
  • Joystrings Christmas Collection (2012)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gilliard, A.J. (1967). Joy and the Joystrings: The Salvation Army's 'Pop Group'. Lutterworth Press.

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube, "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
  2. ^ Dalziel, S. 2013 The Joystrings: The Story of the Salvation Army Pop Group, Shield Books, ISBN 978-0854129065 [1]
  3. ^ Track Listing at joystrings.co.uk
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 291. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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