They were a family group from Luton, Bedfordshire, comprising Jeff Mudd (b. 1935), Fred Mudd (b. 1937, d. 2007), and Mary Mudd (b. 1939). According to press releases at the time, they all had jobs at the Vauxhall motor plant in Luton, and spent their spare time singing together. In 1958 they attracted the attention of BBC Radio disc jockey David Jacobs, who won them an appearance on the Six-Five Special TV show, and a recording contract with EMI's Columbia label.