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THE DOLLIES

The Five CommandmentsThe Lancastrians: Love Trade:

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"When the female US stars The Shangri-Las pulled out of their UK tour because of illness The Dollies were only too willing to seize their chance of fame and glory. Joining the then established UK Tour with Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana and Hermans Hermits; they did however, have one almighty problem - they were all still at school. Special permissions granted, they were offered a leave of absence that most young people can only dream about. So off they went and never looked back until disbanding in 1970. 

 

Then there were four...

Lesley Rea Bancroft: Jill Davies: Geri Oswald: Carol Parkes:

 

  The Dollies made just one single with CBS: 'You Touch Me Baby' / 'I Can't Go On', when signed on a five year contract by Manchester pop impressario Peter Walsh of Kennedy Street Enterprises.

 

  After several personelle changes they were now a trio and were consequently joined in 1966 - 1967 by Diana Pearson, Maureen Chapman and Davina Goldstein.

Rea Bancroft left the group to morph into solo act Talli Halliday. Meanwhile The Dollies were recruited to sing 'The Old Trafford Chant' and 'The European Cup's All Yours'; popular tracks issued on a novelty single which celebrated Manchester United fine European Cup Final victory over Benfica of Portugal.

 

 

  The group toured the US European Bases and the Persian Gulf where they entertained British forces in 1969. They played Liverpool's Cavern club and Hamburg's legendary Star Club.

 

  Jill was once married Carl Green of Herman's Hermits and Carol to John Fluery of The Lancastrians.

*Bruce Welsh: October 2012

 

*Extracted by kind permission from Bruce's book..

'What About Us' - A Rockopedia of Britains other Recording Groups.

 

Lesley Rae Bancroft - Jill McDonald - Davina Hannaford

Maureen Donahue - Carole Fleury 

 

Bill Hart catches up with The Dollies at a reunion at The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool in August 2012.

 

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