Truly Smith  - Truly soulful, Truly exceptional!

Welcome to YOURS TRULY, dedicated to the music career of the vastly under-rated 1960s female vocalist, Warrington born Truly Smith.

Truly Smith began her music career in 1966, and I recall her excellent music from that period, being just 17 myself, and being a Soul and Motown music fan.  Much of Truly's music is exceptional, and her voice is very soulful, and her records well produced. Listening to her music today, it still sounds fresh and mature, despite the passing years, and I've created this celebration of Truly's music because her vocal ability is much understated,  her music rarely heard, and her records hard to find. Truly therefore deserves recognition for her contribution to popular music in the 1960s.  I'm absolutely sure that, had Truly continued with her music career, she would have been a massive star, comparable to Dusty Springfield or Helen Shapiro.  

Truly made some excellent recordings during her short music career in the 1960s, and this web site celebrates Truly's music, which is very much under-rated, and is rarely heard on radio, despite the fact that her records are much sought after, especially by Northern Soul fans. Truly's rendition of her songs shows a versatility and maturity, especially when listening to the powerful ballad "You are the love of my life", the upbeat "Love is me, love is you", and Truly's excellent soulful "I wanna go back there again". This is especially surprising considering that Truly was only in her teens when she made these records!

Much of Truly's record catalogue is on Decca Records, with whom she had a record contract from 1966, moving to MGM for her final release in 1968. Truly remains somewhat of an enigma, and this web site hopes to discover more about the lady and her excellent music career in the 1960s.

Josephine Taylor from Warrington took on the name Truly Smith when she joined Decca, and she left a legacy of wonderful music which compares well with her contemporaries such as Helen Shapiro, Lulu,  Sandie Shaw,  Kathy Kirby and Dusty Springfield. Truly's soulful voice on many of her records has also prompted comparisons to some well-known Tamla Motown and soul voices of the era.

Truly left the music business in 1968, and went on to become an excellent teacher, and later becoming Headmistress of a school in Alnwick, Northumberland. Truly's married name is Josephine McDonough.

I am pleased to advise that Truly has returned to singing occasionally with the band Horace Silverman and the White Gardenias in the North East of England under her married name of Josie McDonough. A link to the Horace Silverman band can be found on the More page, with Josie pictured as a singer with the band.

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Please also have a look at the More Page, where there is a link to  the excellent and comprehensive "Ready, Steady, Girls!" Web Site, with some more information about Truly, and some "Play music" buttons, to enable you to hear some of Truly's great music, such as "Buttermilk Hill",  "The boy from Chelsea",  "He belongs to me",  "Windows and doors",  Love is me, love is you",  "This is the first time",  "My smile is just a frown turned upside down  and the exceptional "I wanna go back there again".

Also on the More Page, there is a link to Warrington Music, which features Truly's career in music from 1966 to 1968, with details of how Truly first began her singing career with Decca. There is also a link to "You Tube", with a video of Truly singing "I wanna go back there again" from one of her original 1960s performances, followed by a second You Tube link, with Truly singing "Love is me, love is you" in another original video from the 1960s.

From listening to her music and watching the videos of the songs, it can be understood why Truly was such an amazing performer and so talented, and what a shame that her stage career was so short.

Truly's great Soul and Motown hit record of the 1960s :

"I wanna go back there again".

This record reached the Radio London Top 40, and was also a great Northern Soul record, and is much sought after by collectors, especially in this picture sleeve!

Truly made some outstanding records in the 1960s, and this web site celebrates Truly's career in music during that time.

More information about Truly's records can be found on a separate page of this site, "Truly Smith's Recordings".


Truly Smith was born Josephine Taylor in 1950, and came from Dallam in Warrington, in the North West of England.

Josephine worked behind the counter in Dawson's Record Shop, and began her interest in music there. Truly also sang at the Club del Sol in Manchester, where she performed  "My Colouring Book", which impressed  Harvey Livingstone, the owner of the club.

In 1966, she auditioned for Noel Walker, based in Liverpool, and Noel was an A & R man for Decca Records. Josephine was offered a contract with Decca, and selected the name Truly Smith, recording her first excellent record "My smile is just a frown turned upside down". This song was originally recorded by Motown's Carolyn Crawford, and Truly's version is expertly and soulfully performed.

On the B side of Truly's first record was the Tony Hatch song "Love is me, love is you", and as a first 45 RPM release, Truly's first single proved to be an excellent release, demonstrating her amazing vocal talents. It was possible to understand why Truly had been signed to Decca Records at only 16 years of age, because she had such a great vocal talent.

In June, 1966, Truly's next record was the Les Reed and Barry Mason ballad "I love him",  with the traditional "Buttermilk Hill" on the B side.

Truly's next release was "You are the love of my life", another ballad from Italy, and "The Merry-go-round is slowing you down" on the B side.

In 1966, the French Decca label decided to issue an E.P. of four Truly Smith songs, including her debut single, (Both A and B sides), plus "You are the love of my life" and "He belongs to me". 

This French release coincided with Truly having more exposure across Europe. This included her appearances on "The Dave Berry Show", screened on Belgian T.V. , alongside Tom Jones, and also in the Knokke Cup, with such artists as Engelbert Humperdinck. However, Truly's European career did not take off as expected.

Truly's next UK release in 1967 was the Bacharach and David song "Windows and doors" /"Take a broken heart".  The A side was originally recorded by Jackie de Shannon, and the B side had been recorded by Ricky Nelson.

Truly's next release in 1967 was "I wanna go back there again", another Motown song, which Truly sang exceptionally well, and is one of her finest records. On the B side was "Window cleaner", and Truly's record entered the Radio London Top 30, coincidentally in August, 1967, just as Radio London closed down following The Marine Offences Bill becoming law.

Truly had one final release with Decca "The boy from Chelsea", another very catchy and well-sung song.  This was a Goffin and King song with  "Little man with a stick" on the B side.

Despite making these excellent records, the lack of hit material meant that Decca would release Truly from her contract, but fortunately, Truly immediately was signed to MGM Records.


Truly was under the wing of Mike Hurst at MGM, who had previously been a member of The Springfields. Mike was to produce Truly's next record.

"This is the first time" was Truly's A side on MGM, with "Taking time off" on the B side.  The A side was a Flett and Fletcher song, with the B side written by Mike Hurst.

Unfortunately, Truly made no more records after this one, which was a great shame in view of her strong vocals.

Truly Smith had a Dutch record release in May 1967, which had "Kiss tomorrow goodbye" on the A side, with "Windows and doors" on the B side.  This was released with catalogue number AT 15 063, which reflected the Dutch release.

Truly's career was just about to take off in August, 1967, but the closure of the pirate radio stations, (such as Radio London),  in the UK in August of that year meant that Truly's records would not receive any more airplay. This was especially unfortunate, as Truly's record  "I wanna go back there again" was just climbing the Radio London charts at that time. It seemed that Truly was just unlucky, because Truly's great song "I wanna go back there again" was also the final "Record of the week" on Radio 270 before it closed down in 1967. Truly's music epitomised the 1960s, and the quality of her recordings is excellent, making her records still very collectable today. Truly's last record "This is the first time" was made in 1968.

More information about Truly Smith at The Knokke Song Festival can be found on the Truly Smith Recordings page of this site, where Ronnie Tober, a contemporary performer of Truly's in the late 60s, remembers Truly at Knokke, as well as on his own "Ronnie Tober Show".

This great picture of Truly is courtesy of Ronnie Tober.

With many thanks to Ronnie Tober for his memories of Truly Smith at both the Knokke Festival and also on The Ronnie Tober Show in the late 1960s.

Truly's Dutch/Belgian record release on Decca Records of  "Kiss tomorrow goodbye", combined with her great version of the Bacharach and David song "Windows and doors".

"Windows and doors" was also recorded by Jackie de Shannon, but Truly's version of the song has such power and feeling, and this should have been a major hit song for Truly.

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Celebrating the music of Truly Smith.