The Joystrings

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The Joy Strings
OriginEngland, United Kingdom
Years active1963–69
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.


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]




  • "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)


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


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


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


  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
  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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