The McGuire Sisters
This close-harmony vocal group, popular in the 50s and early 60s, comprised three sisters, Christine (30 July 1929, Middletown, Ohio, USA), Dorothy (b. 13 February 1930, Middletown, Ohio, USA) and Phyllis (b. 14 February 1931, Middletown, Ohio, USA). While in their teens the sisters sang with church choirs, and won an amateur talent contest at their local cinema for three consecutive weeks. After singing on their local radio station, the McGuires had their first big break, entertaining at army camps and hospitals during a nine-month tour in 1950/1. They then played club and radio dates in Cincinnati before moving to New York in 1952, and successfully auditioning for the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts contest. They subsequently became regulars on the show, and also appeared for eight weeks on singer Kate Smiths top-rated radio programme. Signed to the Coral label, they had their first minor hit in 1954 with Pine Tree, Pine Over Me, in collaboration...