From the Land of Band Box Records

Pre Invasion: 1963 – The Caravelles

May 26, 2011

The London Brit duo - The Caravelles

Often times the Caravelles are counted among the earlier Brit Invaders to the US.  It is a bit of a stretch.  Their big hit “You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry” entered the US charts in early November, 1963 – a full two months ahead of the authentic Invasion.  The duo of Lois Wilkinson and Andrea Simpson were office workers in London who had set their sights on a professional recording career.  They both happened to approach the same recording studio as soloists and the producer had the insight to couple them into a duo.

Far from being any kind of “Beat Group” but closer to something like the Lennon Sisters, their first attempt out went all the way to number 3 in the United States and number 6 in the UK.  Their follow-up recording of “Have You Ever Been Lonely” was a meager 96 in the US in February of 1964 and failed to enter the UK charts at all.  Soon, Lois broke away to go solo and actually changed her recording name to “Lois Lane”.

Lynne Hamilton replaced her in the duo – but fame and fortune were gone forever.  The Caravelles never again charted although both Lois and Andrea did stick around the music industry for quite some time.

Here’s Louise (Caldwell) Harrison

George Harrison's Sis - Louis

Including a strange LP that was released in the US in 1964 featuring Louis Harrison Caldwell (George’s sister).  See the last Blog “Brian Epstein – In Search of a Label”

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