The Caravelles

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The Caravelles, Lois Wilkinson (born 3 April 1944, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England) and Andrea Simpson (born 9 September 1946, Finchley, London),[1] were a British duo girl band, best known for their 1963 hit single, "You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry".



The Caravelles named themselves after the French airliner.[2] Their best known song, "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry", was originally a regional hit for Moon Mullican, and then was used as the B-side to Tennessee Ernie Ford's hit single "Sixteen Tons".[3] The Caravelles version of "You Don't Have To Be A Baby To Cry" reached #3 in the Billboard Hot 100 in America,[2] and #6 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

They could not retain their success, and Lois Wilkinson left and recorded as Lois Lane.[1]Andrea Simpson carried on as The Caravelles through the 1980s with a series of replacements; and still performed the occasional gig into the 1990s.[2]

Singles discography


  1. ^ a b Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p95
  2. ^ a b c Allmusic biography
  3. ^ biographical notes
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 92. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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