Annie and Joy were in the group The Stocking Tops together
Annie met Joy when she auditioned for a touring jazz singer who wanted three female backing singers. Annie, Joy Dey and another girl won the audition (held in Covent Garden, London) but little came from the promised tours - other than a few rehearals and dance classes.
Annie suggested Joy and herself look for work as a duo as their voices appeared to blend very well. This they did - and found a manager (from 'The Stage') who spent some time putting together a programme for the cabaret duo.
The manager suggested the name "Stocking Tops" which they didn't care that much for, but for whatever reason went along with it. For a while they toured South London clubs until they were sick of it. Both eventually parted ways but remained on good terms.