Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Colin HigginsonIan BirrellJune Barton started singing at a time when the big star vocalists included Lita Roza and Alma Cogan. June’s own repertoire included standards such as ‘Ma, He’s Making Eyes At Me’ and ‘All Of Me’, and she took easily to songs of the 1960s such as ‘There’s A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)’.

Shown above are some of June’s favourite singers: Peggy Lee and Karen Carpenter, followed by Rhyl’s very own Roma Taylor who is pictured in the early ‘60s at The Sun Inn, Wellington Road, Rhyl, with (left to right) Arthur Leon, Colin Higginson and Harry Lightfoot.
Picture from the collection of Colin Higginson.

Another local singer rated highly by June is Judi Hewitt (Teena of Teena and the Knightbirds). In the final photo, Judi is shown towards the end of ‘60s with members of resident showband at The Haven Hotel, West Parade (l-r) Brian ‘Mousey’ Lewis, Neville Wilding and Ian Birrell.
Picture from the collection of Judi and Bob Hewitt.

FRI 13th APR 2018 UPDATE: The above-mentioned Messrs. Wilding and Birrell had a hand in the making of 7-inch 45rpm record Rhyls-ville.

These references are added here for indexing purposes:
Castle Records UK, Rhylsville song, Gold music group, Rhyl Silver Band, Simon Paul Millard, L.E. Music, C. Wilkinson recording engineer.

The following is another 7-inch 45rpm record. This was published a year later, in 1981. It was a private recording not sold in shops, and therefore it's jolly hard to find. Side A: The Rhyl Song / Side B: When Love Comes Around.

No information here about the performers Rhylated Music or the record label WMH.

THU 14th JUN 2018 UPDATE: In 2017 a Bristol-based band named Plume Of Feathers produced a song titled RHYL LOVE.
The song is in a YouTube video which begins with an old Rhyl picture postcard - but that appears to be the song's only connection with us.

I hope you understand the song and the video better than I did.

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