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The Four Pennies


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Disambiguation - There are three bands with this moniker.
1. 60’s soul group on Brunswick records
2. UK Britbeat band.
3. US Girl Group.

1. They got their start in the early 50s as the Five Pennies, eventually becoming (with a number of personnel changes along the way) the Chimes, and the 4 Jokers, evolving into the Four Pennies in the early 60s.

One of the group’s early members was none other than Clifford Curry, who recorded a number of cool soul 45s in the 60s including ‘She Shot a Hole In My Soul’.
They recorded two 45s for Brunswick in 1967, with ‘You’re a Gas With Your Trash’ coming out first.
The Four Pennies would eventually evolve into the Hearts of Stone, recording an album for the Motown subsidiary VIP in the early 70s.

2. The Four Pennies were an English, 1960s pop group.
Their biggest success Stateside, was with their song “Black Girl”, which was a traditional United States folk song, and brought out in 1964. However, in their homeland the group was more famous for having a Number one hit in the UK Singles Chart in the same year, with “Juliet”. Initially, their self penned ballad was only intended to be released as a “B” side. Interestingly, it was the only 1964 Number one by a UK group not to chart in America. They finally folded in 1966, when their last single release “No More Sad Songs For Me”, failed to chart.


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