Little Frankie (Denise Jones) had released 2 singles inThe Chimes on Decca, making her a 16 year-old ‘veteran’ when I signed her in 1965.
Backed by Peter Cowap’s Country Gentlemen (who I also managed) she got a deal with Columbia/EMI who released 3 singles that year.
- The Kind of Boy You Can’t Forget (U.S. #17 The Raindrops in’63);
- Make-A-Love (written by Godfrey Claff who I also signed up); and
- It Doesn’t Matter Any More (a Paul Anka song orig. Buddy Holly).
I co-wrote the B-side to her first single, called “I’m Not Gonna Do It”:
Unfortunately, in spite of her dynamic presence and powerful vocals which reminded me of Lulu, Litttle Frankie had no chart success.
I took her to London to audition for a part in Herman’s Hermits film “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” but to no avail.