Interview: Yolande Bavan (Part 1) - JazzWax

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November 13, 2007


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Astrid (Betty) Chapman

I knew Yolande and her father many, many years ago. They spent holidays with us in the South of Sri Lanka where my father worked in the government offices. Even then Yolande was a brilliant pianist. It is so nice to hear she has done well. I have lived in Melbourne since 1973. It would be nice to catch up with her should she revist Australia.
Betty Chapman (married name)

Don Read

In 1959 I ran my music PR business from an office in Piccadilly, London. I needed a secretary and Yolande applied for the job. I took her on and she was with me about six months. I had not heard her sing. If I had I would have signed her. Don Read

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