The Dinning Sisters

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Decades Active: 1950s 1980s 1990s


This versatile close harmony vocal trio, popular in the late 40s and 50s, comprised Lou (Lucille Dinning, 29 September 1922, Kentucky, USA; alto) and twins Ginger (b. Virginia Dinning; lead) and Jean (b. Eugenia Dinning, 29 March 1924, Oklahoma, USA; soprano). The trio, from a family of five daughters and four sons, were blessed with perfect pitch, and sang together in their church choir from an early age. In their teens, the girls had their own 15-minute local radio show, and later toured clubs and theatres in the Midwest with Herbie Holmes’ orchestra. After moving to Chicago in 1939, they won a five-year contract with NBC, and during the early 40s were regulars on programmes such as the Bowman Musical Milkwagon, Gary Moore’s Club Matinee and the National Barn Dance, and headlined at venues such as the Chez Paree, the Chicago Theatre and the Latin Quarter.

A trip to Hollywood led to an appearance with Ozzie Nelson’s band in...

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