The Mudlarks

  • Real Name: Jeff Mudd
  • Birth Date: 1935
  • Birth Place: Luton
  • Fred Mudd
  • 1937
  • Luton
  • Mary Mudd
  • 1939
  • Luton
  • The Mudlarks were an unusual musical phenomenon in several ways. Unusually, the group were composed, at least for most of its lifetime, by real siblings- the children of the Mudd family from Luton in Bedforshire. Jeff, Fred and Mary are all alleged to have had jobs at the large Vauxhall motor plant which dominated the town. However, they spent their spare time singing together whenever the opportunity arose. They enjoyed singing the kind of pop tunes that were to become popular during the second half of the 1950s- not quite rock and roll, and not conventional ballads either. Their's was an up-beat novelty style and it attracted the attention of David Jacobs who had only recently established himself as a top disc jockey at the BBC. After an appearance on the the seminal "6-5 Special" TV show, a recording contract with Columbia quickly followed.
    The EP pictured here belongs to the only record that the Mudlarks had issued to come in a picture sleeve. It has become a significant collector's item. It was issued during the peak of their record making career and contains both of their biggest hits. The back of the sleeve contains a good set of notes with details of the group's early career. As well as describing their Variety debut, it explains how the Mudlarks were voted in a New Musical Express poll as Britain's top vocal group of 1958.


    The Mudlarks' first release didn't sell well, but their second, the novelty "Lollipop" (a cover of a record by Americans, Ronald and Ruby), went almost to the top despite having another cover version from U.S. four-piece girl group, "The Chordettes" close behind. They chose another US number for their next release. Despite this being a doowop number, from the deeper voiced US group "The Monotones", they successfully transformed it into another novelty and again managed the top ten. Sadly, this was to be their last major hit on record although the group remained popular until well into the 1960s. Despite the fact that record buyers seem to have gradually lost their taste for the pop novelties that the Mudlarks were so good at producing, the group remain one of those that surely pioneered the emergence of a new UK grown sound.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Lower list for EP releases

    Columbia DB4064 1958 Mutual Admiration Society/ A New Love  
    Columbia DB4099 1958 Lollipop/ Young Dove's Calling #2
    Columbia DB4133 1958 Book Of Love/Yea, Yea #8
    Columbia DB4190 1958 There's Never Been A Night/ Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice  
    Columbia DB4210 1958 My Grandfather's Clock/ Which Witch Doctor  
    Columbia DB4250 1959 The Love Game/ Abdul The Bulbul Amer Cha Cha #30
    Columbia DB4291 1959 Tell Him No/ Time Flies  
    Columbia DB4331 1959 Waterloo/ Mary  
    Columbia DB4374 1959 True Love, True Love/ Tennessee  
    Columbia DB4417 1960 Candy/ Never Marry A Fishmonger  
    Columbia DB4513 1960 You're Free To Go/(You've Got To) Move Two Mountains  
    Columbia DB4636 1961 When Mexico Gave Up The Rumba/ Toy Balloon  
    Columbia DB4708 1961 The Mountain's High/ Don't Gamble With Love  
    Columbia DB4788 1962 Coney Island Washboard/ Them Twistin' Bones  
    Columbia DB4861 1962 Mañana Pasado Mañana/ March Of The Broken Hearts  
    Decca F11537 1962 I've Been Everywhere/ Just The Snap Of Your Fingers  
    Decca F11601 1962 The Little Cracked Bell Of San Raquel/ La De Da  
    Fontana TF495 1964 Walk Around/ Here's Another Day  

    EP Discography

    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Columbia SEG7854 1958 The Mudlarks (with accompaniment by Ken Jones)  
    There's Never Been A Night/ Lollipop / Lightnin' Never Strikes Twice/ Book Of Love

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