The single ‘It’s An Open Secret’, which entered the UK Top 40 in February 1964, remains one of the most unlikely hits of the beat era. The song was written by Joy Webb, a captain in the Salvation Army. Her eight-piece group, the Joystrings, was drawn from the staff of the Army’s Training College in London’s Denmark Hill. The sole exception was drummer Wyncliffe Noble, an architect by trade. The octet was signed to EMI’s Regal Zonophone Records label, following a successful appearance on BBC television’s Tonight programme, and in December they enjoyed another minor hit with ‘A Starry Night’. Despite their seemingly transitory appeal, the Joystrings continued to record for several years, although their novelty aspect quickly waned.
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