b. 1 July 1942, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne And Wear, England. A popular and vivacious singing star in the UK during the 60s, Susan Maughan began her singing career in 1958 as a member of a popular Midland band led by Ronnie Hancock. Their 1961 demonstration disc alerted Philips Records to her talent, and a year in the Ray Ellington Quartet ran concurrently with a nascent recording career, which began with the timely ‘Mama Do The Twist’. Maughan enjoyed chart success when the effervescent ‘Bobby’s Girl’ reached the UK Top 3 in 1962, but although ‘Hand A Handkerchief To Helen’ and ‘She’s New To You’ (both 1963) were minor hits, she was unable to repeat this early triumph. Maughan nonetheless continued to record, and albums featuring a full orchestra (Swingin’ Susan) or a jazz band (Hey Look Me Over) showed her versatility. In 1965, along with a host of other pop stars such as Billy J. Kramer, the Animals, Peter And Gordon, Matt Monro, and Herman’s Hermits, she appeared in the ‘mock concert’ film Pop Gear, which was hosted by disc jockey Jimmy Savile. Nearly 30 years later, in 1992, Maughan joined another survivor from those far off days, Jess Conrad, in the UK tour of The Golden Sounds Of The Sixties.
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