The Golden World Story
The Debonaires

from L to R : Diane Hogan, Joyce Vincent, Dorothy Garland, Elsie Baker
at the Arcadia Roller Rink, Woodward Avenue in 1966
photograph courtesy of Graham Finch

As work was commencing on the new studio project, Golden World tried their luck with a young female group called The Debonaires.

The Debonaires had started out as a trio consisting of Elsie Baker, Dorothy Garland and Joyce Vincent. 

"Please Don't Say We're Through" c/w "A Little Too Long"  was released on Golden World 17 in October 1964. Both songs were Sammy Lowe arrangements, written by the Hamilton Brothers and Freddie Gorman. The song was performed without a lead singer.

It would be another 10 months before their next 45, the novelty song "Eenie Meenie Gypsalinie" which was released on  Golden World 26.

Sometime later, Ed suggested that it would be a good idea to employ a lead singer, and before long, fifteen year old Diane Hogan would take up the mantle. (Group detail comes from interviews carried out by Graham Finch).

Diane was there for the next release, "How's your new love treating you". Issued as Golden World 38 in June 1966 it was a stunning improvement on what went before.

Writing credits are given to Linda Bunten and JoAnne Bratton. The pair are also credited with "To win your heart" and it's instrumental version "Festival Time". Great music, but who was Linda  Bunten?

The Debonaires final release for Golden World came in October 1966. Catalogue number 44, "C.O.D.", was arranged by Joe Hunter and is an equally good recording.

In 1967 the group re-emerged, this time on Solid Hit, where they delivered two superb 45's in "Loving you takes all of my time" and "I'm in love again" . Both were accompanied by the  impressive "Headache in my heart".

Joyce, in particular, would soon drift into session work where  income was more regular. 

Within a few years, and thanks to her knowing Tony Camillo, she and her friend Telma Hopkins would join Tony Orlando.

Tony had achieved major chart success as Tony Orlando and Dawn, but Dawn didn't physically exist however, and backing vocals had been applied by mystery session singers. 

Now that he needed to hit the road, it was time to put together a real backing group, and that came in the form of Joyce and Telma.



Notes by David Meikle

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