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Regan, Joan (1928–2013), singer

Roger Philip Mellor

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Regan, Joan (1928–2013), singer, was born Joan Eileen Bethell at 26 Howards Road, Plaistow, Essex, on 19 January 1928, the daughter of Joseph Bethell, builder, and his wife, Catharine Elizabeth, née Hartnett (1892–1966), who, after her husband's early death, married Edward Penfold. Her large family of Irish descent included several amateur musicians. As a child she had rheumatic fever, which left her with a damaged mitral valve. In spite of this, at the age of ten she won talent contests impersonating popular singers, and the impresario ...

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Subjects: Voice

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