Soprano Mary Mudd, baritone Fred Mudd and tenor Jeff Mudd were the Mudlarks: a clean-cut family pop trio from Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. They started singing in public as the Mudd Trio in 1951 when they were just 12, 14 and 16 years old. Discovered by disc jockey David Jacobs and produced on Columbia Records by Norrie Paramor, they had a hit in 1958 with their second single, ‘Lollipop’, a cover version of the Chordettes’ US hit. Their follow-up, ‘Book Of Love’, originally by the Monotones, also made the UK Top 10. They were often seen on the pioneering UK television series 6.5 Special, and won the New Musical Express poll award as Top British Vocal Group for both 1958 and 1959. Jeff was called up by the army in early 1959 and David Lane replaced him until his return two years later. One of the few UK pop groups in the 50s, they recorded several more cover versions of US hits without further chart success.
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