Joy Webb Death – Joy Webb, leader of the famous Salvation Army group – The Joystrings has passed away. Singer Joy Webb, an officer (now retired) in the Salvation Army was announced dead today, Sunday, the 1st of October 2023. According to reports, she died this past weekend. So far, no official news on her cause of death has been released. She has left a musical legacy for many. Thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.
Who was Joy Webb?
At the Training College in the years 1964–1965, she was a part of the “proclaimers of the faith” session, and together with other students, she established the Joystrings group. They appeared on national television and had several singles that ranked in the top 50. She penned a large number of musicals, including one that was staged at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as several hundred songs for children, soloists, and adult choirs.
She also served as the director of the West London Music School for many years. Major Joy was well-liked within The Salvation Army and beyond, as she used her musical talents to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the pop group, The Joystrings – but she was first and foremost a disciple of Jesus, and she made this clear to everyone she met.
About The Joystrings
The Joystrings (originally credited as The Joy Strings) were a 1960s UK Christian music group led by Joy Webb, a classically trained keyboard player and singer who was also a Salvation Army officer (now retired). EMI Records signed them to a recording contract after they appeared on Cliff Michelmore’s BBC Tonight television show. They were the first Salvation Army pop group to chart with “It’s An Open Secret” and “A Starry Night” in 1964.
Joy Webb (who wrote the group’s first hit), Peter and Sylvia Dalziel, Bill Davidson, and Wycliffe Noble were the main members over the years. Several other singers were drawn at random from the William Booth Memorial Training College in Denmark Hill, London.
They also recorded a version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” that featured the music from The Animals’ “The House of the Rising Sun” – an unusual combination. Sylvia Dalziel, a Joystrings member, wrote about the group in a book published by Shield Books in September 2013, 50 years after the group’s formation. The book included an introduction by General John Larsson, a tribute from Sir Cliff Richard, a complete discography, and many previously unseen photographs.
The family will release an obituary and funeral arrangements for Joy Webb.
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