Due to the lack of work the young family moved from Dublin to Blackpool in , and launched a family singing group, the Singing Nolans, in The youngest member, Coleen, born 12 March ,  did not formally join the group until as she was too young to perform with her sisters. The family performed even as the five girls went to school at Blackpool's St Mary's Catholic College.
As well as performing frequently on the northern club circuit, [ citation needed ] The Singing Nolans recorded an album, The Singing Nolans , a single "Blackpool" — which was a song about their local football club, Blackpool F. Tommy Nolan Sr. Anne Nolan released her autobiography, titled Anne's Song , on 27 March After their performance, their father Tommy Nolan was at the bar when businessman Joe Lewis told Tommy that he was very interested for his daughters to move to London to sing in his club above the New London Theatre.
Following the single on EMI, they released several more non charting singles on Target Records between and ,  several of which were composed by Roger Greenaway. Their chart breakthrough came in with the covers album 20 Giant Hits on Target, which reached No.
The track was considered the favourite before the contest, but ultimately placed fourth, with Black Lace going on to represent the UK. Instead, the regional juries had to make their decisions based on audio tapes of the songs from the show's rehearsals. One booking was representing the BBC at the 25th Anniversary celebrations for the Eurovision network, which was staged in Montreaux, Switzerland, in April After signing with CBS subsidiary Epic Records in , the group enjoyed their greatest period of commercial success.
It reached number 3 in the UK,  number 2 in their native Ireland  and number 1 in Japan,  a rare event for a Western act ; the single eventually sold more than , copies in Japan. Following her marriage, Anne left the group and Coleen became an official member Anne appears on the UK single sleeve, while Coleen appears in the music video.
Anne rejoined the group in late , making it a five-piece line up. The compilation album Altogether reached UK number 52,  but the accompanying single, "Dragonfly", failed to chart.
In , the group was rocked by a minor scandal [ citation needed ] when their new single, "Dressed to Kill" was removed from the chart due to allegations of chart rigging. The group had released the single with a limited edition poster, exclusive to shops which registered chart sales.
At the time, she was nicknamed the "Naughty Nolan"  due to risque publicity photos. In , the group performed on a stadium tour of Russia. The Nolans remained popular in Japan, signing a six-album deal there in Coleen, who had married performer Shane Richie in ,  and was now a mother of two, quit the group in From , the line-up consisted of Maureen and Anne, together with Anne's daughter Amy and unrelated singer Julia Duckworth, and concentrated on live appearances,  often at venues such as Butlins holiday camps and bingo halls.
Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer in , as was Linda in Most of the sisters have continued to work in show business, pursuing careers in acting, musical theatre, pantomime and touring.
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Miss You Nights. Money Money Money. Mull of Kintyre. My Funny Valentine. Once in a While. Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.Sep 25, · The Nolan’s last tour was overshadowed by a row with elder sisters Anne, 61, and Denise, 60, who felt excluded. Bernie tried to heal the rift, but the six Nolans are still not all speaking.