British group The Viscounts – Gordon Mills, Don Paul and Ronnie Wells – were a trio of variety entertainers in the tradition of The Mudlarks, certainly unlikely to ever make the trek to Hamburg to titillate the Reeperbahn punters.
They went in for cover versions of American hits and ‘cash-in’s’ (such as Mama’s Doin’ The Twist). Nevertheless, they managed two modest entries into the British chart around 1961.
The trio regarded their recorded output as simply an adjunct to their television and theatre variety careers.
Unfortunately, the British Beat Boom eventually did for them, and by 1964 The Viscounts couldn’t get arrested – along with other once-huge British vocal groups like The Brook Brothers, The Kestrels and The Checkmates.