A Tribute To The Beverley Sisters’ Joy

Joy Beverley, the oldest in the fifties sister-act singing trio, the Beverley Sisters, has died this week aged 91. Joy was born in 1924 and was raised in Bethnal Green, where she shared a bed with her younger twin sisters, Teddie and Babs, as money was scarce in her family. Alongside her sisters, she landed a spot singing jingles on the radio, which led to an industrious music career where the sisters were renowned for their close harmonies, glamorous lifestyles, and Christmas hits such as ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy’.

The sisters were the first British female group to break into the US top 10 charts, and they were the highest paid female act in the UK, earning more than £700 a week when the average weekly wage was £5. They were both innocent and seductive, with “smutty” lyrics about women swimming naked, and they were the first female pop stars to wear trousers and bare their midriffs in the 1950s.

Joy’s superstardom was only enhanced by her marriage to the then-England football captain, Billy Wright, and they have been dubbed the “Posh and Becks” of their day. The power couple stayed together until Billy died from Cancer in 1994.

The Beverley Sisters created music that was enjoyed by many, and her family and fans alike will miss her deeply. Her son, Vincent, said: “We all thought the world of her and we are devastated she is gone”.

We look back at Joy Beverley’s most inspiring and interesting quotes, which speak volumes about the wonderful woman she was and the time she thrived in…

On aspirations…

On her traditional values…

A lyric demonstrating the bond she had with her siblings…

On the reason for the Beverley Sisters’ long-lived success…

On her love for Billy Wright…

On class discrimination during the 50s…

On giving up music for marriage…

Joy Beverley – you will be sorely missed.

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