Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Fran Greenhous, dancer and singer with the Vernons Girls

MY dear friend and former colleague Frances (Fran) Greenhous has died, aged 74, after battling ill-health for a number of years.

I first met Fran Lee, as she was then known, when I joined the singing pop group the Vernons Girls in 1962. The third member was Maureen Kennedy but it was Fran, four years older than me, who took me under her wing and became my mentor in what was to become a fascinating career for all three of us.

We made a number of records, toured widely in the UK and on the Continent and were the support act for the Beatles on one of their early UK tours. We also appeared in the 1964 TV special Around The Beatles.

Although George Harrison spent a great deal of time chatting Fran up, we became nothing more than firm friends with the Fab Four.

Fran, Maureen and I also worked with some of the best-known pop music names in the Sixties, including Billy Fury, Cliff Richard, Long John Baldry, PJ Proby and Cilla Black. We provided backing vocals on a number of records, including Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe, and had chart success in the US with the song We Love The Beatles.

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