Friday, February 26, 2010
Susan MAUGHAN - Swingin' Susan 1963
British singer Susan Maughan scored just one hit, 1962’s Bobby girl, but continues to make a rewarding career from it. Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s she issued a string of high-quality releases, including – somewhat unusually for girl singers of the period – a number she had written herself.
She was born Marian Susan Maughan on 1 July 1942, and hailed from Consett, County Durham, in the north east of England. As a child, her family relocated to Birmingham, and after leaving school she became an office typist.
But Susan’s nine-to-five working life was set to change when she answered an advertisement in Disc Weekly for a featured vocalist with the Ronnie Hancox Dance Band. Susan successfully auditioned and during her three years with Hancox she learnt to read and write music.
In 1961 she was introduced to agent Dick Katz, who was looking for a female vocalist to join the Ray Ellington Quartet. Within a few weeks Susan was enjoying her first engagement with the quartet at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo. She remained with Ellington for a year.
Susan had also signed to the Philips label and was destined for fame with guidance from her producer, Johnny Franz – even though her first three efforts failed to chart.
Her first long player for Philips in 1963 was titled I wanna be Bobby’s girl but…, and was a concept album of sorts, featuring songs that included boys’ names, such as Teddy (a Connie Francis US single) and Sue Thompson’s US releases James (hold the ladder steady) and Norman
(both of which were also issued by Brit girl Carol Deene).
That same year saw the release of SWINGIN’ SUSAN and, a year later, came Sentimental Susan. The two albums present her singing standards, which suit her singing voice very well. She also released four EPs for Philips.
With Wally Stott & His Orchestra
A1. A Lot Of Livin' To Do 2:55
A2. If I Were A Bell 2:35
A3. The Lady's In Love With You 2:14
A4. Poppa Don't Preach To Me 2:25
A5. When Lights Are Low 2:44
A6. Just One Of Those Things 2:53
B1. The Gypsy In My Soul 2:36
B2. Old Devil Moon 3:12
B3. It Might As Well Be Spring 3:10
B4. Things Are Swingin' 3:05
B5. Ca, Ce'st L'amour 2:51
B6. Gone With The Wind 2:37