was a member of The Nolans pop group during their most successful
times in the early 1980's although the group had been going for
many years before that initially as a family act and then with the
older sisters. In 1978 Denise announced she was leaving the act
and when Anne followed the new lineup of Coleen, Linda, Maureen
& Bernie took the already successful group to new heights.
Hit after hit followed in the early 1980's. Their second single on the Epic label went onto become the Nolans signature tune and stormed the charts Worldwide. 'I'm In The mood For Dancing' was released in December 1979. By January 1980 it has climbed as high as number 3 in the UK charts and was number one in 14 countries including Japan where it became the first none Japanese song to do so, since Simon and Garfunkel's 'Sound Of Silence'. The Nolans embarked on their first headlining UK tour in late 1980. The tour was used to promote the latest album "Making Waves" Two singles had been released as a pre taster to the album. "Don't Make Waves" peaked at number twelve and "Gotta Pull Myself Together" went top ten reaching number nine. "Who's Gonna Rock You" was released to promote the tour.
success of "Making Waves" was instant. It was released
the World over and was particularly successful in Japan, Australia
and New Zealand. During 1980 the sisters toured these countries
and appeared on most of the top rated television shows. The second
Epic/CBS album 'Making Waves' had been released in October 1980,
as was a compilation double album of the '20 Giant Hits' album,
this time released on the budget label Pickwick. That album was so
successful it was repackaged in two formats named 'The Best Of The
Nolan Sisters Vol 1' and 'Vol 2'. 'Attention to Me' became the
fourth single to be released off the album. All these singles
received considerable airplay and television promotion. Uk TV
appearances followed on "Top Of The Pops" "Pebble
Mill At One" "Video Stars" "Tiswas"
amongst others too numerous to list.
1983 Linda quit the group to start a successful solo career whilst
the remaining girls released another LP this time on the Towerbell
label called "Girls just wanna have fun" and another UK
promotional tour followed. After that the siblings all seemed to
have various solo work in pantomime or on TV and despite the
release of The Tenderly LP the group were not getting the sales or
hit records they enjoyed in the early 1980's. Their main work was
now mostly Tv guest spots, summer season shows and individual
pantomimes. In early 1990 the act was approached by Universal
Panasonic in Japan with a view to releasing several albums for the
Japanese market. Several of these albums were released.
"Playback Part 2' 'Ro.ck & Rolling Idol, 'Tidal Wave'
'It's True What They Say', 'Lost Lonely Beaches', 'Colorful', 'The
Hottest Place On Earth,' 'Please Don't', 'Valentine Pops In
Japan', 'Celebration Royal Wedding' and ' Christmas Pops In Japan'
Coleen decided to leave the group in 1994 to start a family with her then husband Shane Ritchie. Not long after Coleen's departure, Bernie also decided to leave The Nolans and start her own highly successful solo career. Maureen & Anne continued with group initially adding 2 backing dancers and then Anne's eldest daughter Amy and her friend Julie Duckworth as singers. By 2005 Coleen was now a TV star featuring on ITV's Loose Women and despite more Japanese CD releases The Nolans group was not having major UK success, despite their undoubted popularity. Maureen followed Denise, Bernie & Linda into Blood Brothers as Mrs Johnstone and another Nolan solo career was reaching new heights. The Guinness book of Records recognised the 4 siblings as headliners in a major West end show. In 2009 The Nolans announced a reunion tour backed by Universal and Live Nation and the original girl group were back with a new album, DVD, and a sell-out tour. In 2010 they released their story 'Survivors' a heart wrenching, honest and uplifting account of their lives so far. Coleen finally left Loose Women in July 2011. Coleen also work for ITV on the This Morning programme until June 2012 when she left to pursue new projects.
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