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The Three Bells
The Three Bells
Biography of Jean Perkins who was singer Joan Bell in the sixties group The Three Bells. Includes details of their songs, career and television appearances.
Joan Bell Jean Perkins Aberdeen
Joan Bell formed a group with her twin sisters, Carole and Sue Bell, in the 1960s called The Three Bells. She was known then as Jean or Joan Bell and started her show business career aged seven. Her parents, Tommy and Rose, encouraged their daughters to appear in many stage shows and talent shows. By the age of eleven the girls won a top talent contest at Blackpool which led to appearances with Morecambe and Wise at Central Pier.
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Though they were from Liverpool, Joan now lives in Dyce, Aberdeen and her married name is Jean Perkins. Her husband, Ted, is a manager at Helicopter CHC Scotia. Joan worked for Aberdeen Journals as a field sales executive.
Songs Of The Three Bells
The Three Bells were a popular International act. As well as singing throughout the UK they gave live performances in Spain and Germany at the Star Club, Hamburg. The manager of The Three Bells was John Burges and their record labels were Columbia, Pye, CBS and Decca. They were also known as The Bells and The Satin Bells. Their most popular singles were:
- Softly In The Night (With Manfred Mann vocalist Paul Jones playing the harmonica)
- Taurus In Mexico
- Da Di Da Da
- He Doesn’t Love Me
Film Appearances of The Three Bells
The singing trio of The Three Bells appeared in the 1966 film The Ghost Goes Gear which starred the Spencer Davis Group. The movie is about their manager who lives in an old mansion and cannot afford its upkeep so the group invent a ghost, which they advertise and then charge people to visit the mansion.
Television Appearances of The Three Bells
The singing trio of The Three Bells appeared on many TV programmes on channels BBC1 and BBC2 which included:
- Top Of The Pops
- Melody Maker
- Stramash The Big Noise
The Three Bells And Other Pop Stars And Groups
The Three Bells appeared with other musicians including:
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