Susan Maughan

  • Real Name: Marion Susan Maughan
  • Birth Date: July 1st 1942
  • Birth Place: County Durham
  • Susan Maughan was born in the North East of England, grew up in Birmingham and lived for some time in London- but you are probably more likely to find her in the North West these days because of her frequent summer seasons at Blackpool. In 1962 she rapidly became seen as the main UK challenger to the chart dominance of the young Helen Shapiro. This followed the release of her wonderful record, 'Bobby's Girl' - an exceptionally well made cover version of a song released in the U.S. by Marcie Blane. Susan had begun her career, like Helen, as a young teenager- but she was twenty by the time of this great hit.

    Before Susan finally made the charts she had spent three years as a singer with Ronnie Hancock's Band and then a further year with the great Ray Ellington Quartet. Not only was she a good singer after all this musical experience but she was also an exceptionally pretty girl. This was no disadvantage as it made it easier for her to obtain singing parts in numerous movies including the British rock and roll film, 'What A Crazy World' starring alongside Joe Brown and Marty Wilde.

    Although Philips released no less than four EPs of Susan Maughan's songs while she was at the peak of her recording career, none are now easy to find. This is unfortunate because they are a good way of obtaining songs that weren't issued as part of her repertoire of singles. Her third EP "The Effervescent Miss Maughan" appeared in the Philips catalogue for only a short period of time and is particularly difficult to winkle out. I've chosen to show the EP on the right (Philips BE 12549) simply because it carries such a very nice picture of the lady.
    Unfortunately, Susan Maughan's chart career was short lived as she was unable to consolidate her hit credentials with a substantial follow-up. She had the opportunity to cover the Exciters' 'Tell Him', but the number was foolishly rejected as 'unsuitable' by her manager and the benefit went to Billie Davis. Nevertheless, Susan Maughan remained a top live performer throughout the 1960s and 'Bobby's Girl' helped sustain a lengthy and eventful show business career over the next several decades.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Upper list includes UK 45 singles releases only
    • See lower list for EP releases
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red

    Philips BF1216 1961 Mama Do The Twist/ Blue Night In Yokohama  
    Philips BF1236 1962 Baby Doll Twist/ Some Of These Days  
    Philips 326533BF 1962 I've Got To Learn To Forget/ I Didn't Mean What I Said  
    Philips 326544BF 1962 Bobby's Girl/ Come A Little Closer #3 
    Philips 326562BF 1962 Hand A Handkerchief To Helen/ I'm A Lonely One Too #41 
    Philips 326586BF 1963 She's New To You/ Don't Get Carried Away #45 
    Philips BF1266 1963 The Verdict Is Guilty/ Bachelor Girl  
    Philips BF1301 1964 Hey Lover/ Stop Your Foolin'  
    Philips BF1336 1964 Kiss Me Sailor/ Call On Me  
    Philips BF1363 1964 Little Things Mean A Lot/ That Other Place  
    Philips BF1382 1964 Make Him Mine/ South American Joe  
    Philips BF1399 1965 You Can Never Get Away From Me/ Don't Be Afraid  
    Philips BF1417 1965 When She Walks Away/ Come Along Down And See  
    Philips BF1445 1965 Poor Boy/ Your Girl  
    Philips BF1495 1966 Come And Get Me/ Don't Love Him Too Much  
    Philips BF1518 1966 Where The Bullets Fly/ I'll Never Stop Loving You  
    Philips BF1564 1967 Don't Go Home My Little Darling/ Somebody To Love  
    Philips BF1713 1968 Cable Car For Two/ Off My Mind  
    Philips BF1824 1969 We Really Go Together/ I'll Never Forget You  

    EP Discography

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

    Philips BBE12525 1962 "Hi! I'm Susan And I Sing"  
    Baby Doll Twist (Broken Doll)/Changing Partners/Mama, Do The Twist/Blue Night In Yokohama
    Philips BBE12549 1963 "Four Beaux And A Belle"  
    I'mJust Wild About Johnny/Charlie Is My Darling/Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!/Billy (I Always Dream Of Bill)
    Philips 433.621BE 1963 "Effervescent Miss Maughan" w. Wally Stott Orch.  
    I've Got To Learn To Forget/I Didn't Mean What I Said/Too Late/I'll Close My Eyes
    Philips 433.641BE 1963 "More Of Maughan" w.Wally Stott Orch.  
    Bobby's Girl/Come A Little Closer/Hand A Handkerchief To Helen/I'm A Lonely One Too

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