Little Frankie was only 14 when she hit the scene singing with a group called The Chimes.
Billed as The Chimes featuring Denise they were signed by Decca in 1963 and recorded two singles for the label, both produced by Mike Smith.
It was very appealing beat music with a charmingly youthful female lead vocal, and host for BBC’s popular ”Saturday Club” radio show, Brian Matthew, soon received a lot of requests from listeners for The Chimes.
Obviously being played on the radio was good promotion for the group, but it just wasn’t enough to secure a chart entry.
Yet their debut single ”Say It Again” was included on a ”Saturday Club” sampler LP released by Decca in 1964 – alongside other artists on the label such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Berry and Brian Poole & The Tremeloes.
In 1965 Kennedy Street Enterprises also began to show interest for the talented girl singer, and Little Frankie, now a 16 year-old ”veteran”, was signed up to their stable of artists.
They also got in The Country Gentlemen as her permanent backing band. Little Frankie soon landed a recording deal with EMI/Columbia, and backed by Peter Cowap’s excellent trio she cut three singles for the label in less than a year.