This highly popular Irish family group originally consisted of brothers and sisters Tommy, Anne (Born 12 November 1950), Denise (Born 1952), Maureen (Born 14 June 1954), Brian, Linda (Born 23 February 1959), Bernadette (Born 17 October 1961) and Coleen Nolan (Born 12 March 1965, Blackpool, England). The Nolans lived in Dublin until 1962 when they emigrated to Blackpool. Parents Tommy and Maureen Nolan were singers and gradually brought their offspring into the act. In 1963 the entire family debuted as the Singing Nolans. After moving to London, the group's personnel was Anne, Denise, Linda, Bernadette, and Maureen. Their act proved very popular on UK television and variety shows. After recording their second album in 1977, and touring America with Engelbert Humperdinck, Denise left a year later in order to pursue a solo career. The sisters signed to CBS and were widely tipped to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest but lost out to Black Lace. After a minor hit single with "Spirit Body And Soul", Anne married and left the group for two years. She was replaced by the youngest sister, Coleen, and the quartet changed their name from the Nolan Sisters to the Nolans. A massive hit with the catchy "I'm In The Mood For Dancing" brought them worldwide renown and even topped the charts in Japan. The Nolans had further UK Top 10 hits with "Gotta Pull Myself Together" and "Attention To Me", and, with Anne's return, became a quintet for a while until Linda married former Harmony Grass drummer Brian Hudson and retired from the group. Linda is sometimes known as the "Naughty Nolan" because she launched her solo career by posing near-naked for publicity shots. Phenomenal success for the Nolans in Japan and Eire coincided with further minor chart appearances in the UK, as well as best-selling albums. Coleen, Bernadette and Denise have each recorded solo singles, while Linda and Coleen enjoyed a minor hit as the Young And Moody Band with "Don't Do That". In 1994 Coleen left to have a baby, and a year later, Anne and Maureen became a Nolans duo when Bernadette, who had been the lead singer with the group since she was 13, decided to go solo. Coleen is married to Shane Ritchie, who starred in the acclaimed 1993 London revival of the musical Grease.
The Singing Nolans (Nevis 1972)***, The Nolan Sisters (Hanover Grand 1977)***, Nolan Sisters (Epic 1979)***, Making Waves (Epic 1980)****, Portrait (Epic 1982)****, Altogether (Epic 1982)***, Harmony (Premier 1983)***, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Towerbell 1984)**, Love Songs (Hallmark 1985)**, Tenderly (1986)**.
20 Giant Hits (Target 1977)***, Best Of The Nolan Sisters Vol. 1 (Hallmark 1979)***, Best Of The Nolan Sisters Vol 2 (Hallmark 1979)***, The Nolan Sisters Collection (Pickwick 1980)***, I'm In The Mood For Dancing (Hallmark 1983)***, Times Gone By (Spartan 1985)***, Best Of The Nolans (Ditto 1988)***.
In The Mood For Stardom: The Nolans, Kim Treasurer.
Source: Encyclopedia of Popular Music