- 1966: unlisted
- 1965: unlisted
- 1964: 5 baby girls named Bavan [debut]
- 1963: unlisted
- 1962: unlisted
Where did it come from?
Jazz singer Yolande Bavan.
She was born Yolande Woolf in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1942. She moved to London in the early ’60s to launch a career in entertainment. She was primarily acting in stage roles when a friend (Indian film director Waris Hussein) recommended she start going by “Yolande Bavan.”
Not long after that, she was asked to replace “Ross” in the famous jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. (Annie Ross was leaving due to health issues.) Yolande joined in mid-1962, and thereafter the trio was known as Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan.
The trio performed at major jazz festivals, put out three albums, and made various TV appearances* together before disbanding in mid-1964.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Bavan? (Do you like it more or less than, say, the Irish name Bevin?)
*The trio performed on a late 1962 episode of To Tell the Truth — right after a segment in which Yolande was a contestant.