The McGuire Sisters

The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. They consisted of Christine McGuire (born July 30, 1926), Dorothy McGuire (born February 13, 1928), and Phyllis McGuire (born February 14, 1931).

They were born and grew up in Middletown, Ohio, where their mother was an ordained minister and let them sing in the church as young girls. They sang at weddings, funerals, and church revivals. When they started in 1935, Phyllis was only four years old. Eventually, they sang on other occasions than church-related ones; by 1949, they were singing at military bases and veterans' hospitals. They incorporated a more diverse repertoire for these, extending themselves to more than the hymns they had sung at church.

In 1952, they appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, and as a result, Godfrey hired them for his other shows, where they remained for seven years. They performed for five Presidents of the United States (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush), and for Queen Elizabeth II, as well as appearing on many top television shows. The Coca-Cola company signed them to a contract with the highest fee in advertising history up to that date.

In 1968, they retired from public performance. Phyllis went to a solo act; Dorothy and Christine became totally devoted to their families. Seventeen years later, however, they joined as an act again in response to fans' entreaties.

In 1994, they were inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In 2001, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They have also been inducted into the Coca-Cola Hall of Fame and the Headliners' Hall of Fame.

External references

  • McGuire Sisters' page on the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame (http://www.infoage.org/NBHF-mcguire-sisters.html) site
  • McGuire Sisters' page on the Primarily A Cappella (http://www.singers.com/jazz/vintage/mcguire.html) site
  • McGuire Sisters' page on the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (http://www.vghf.com/Inductees/mcguire_sisters.htm) site
  • Cincinnati Enquirer article on the sisters' home (http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/07/27/loc_mcguires27.html)

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In 2001, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They have also been inducted into the Coca-Cola Hall of Fame and the Headliners' Hall of Fame. His twin sons, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, also were teen idols, performing as Nelson, and his daughter Tracy Nelson is an actress and cancer survivor. In 1994, they were inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Ricky Nelson has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1515 Vine Street. Seventeen years later, however, they joined as an act again in response to fans' entreaties. The crash was due to mechanical problems (probably including a faulty cabin heater). Phyllis went to a solo act; Dorothy and Christine became totally devoted to their families. He died in a plane crash in De Kalb, Texas in 1985, on his way to a New Year's Eve concert in Dallas, Texas, and was interred in the Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

In 1968, they retired from public performance. Ricky Nelson also appeared in films such as Rio Bravo (1959) and Love and Kisses (1965). The Coca-Cola company signed them to a contract with the highest fee in advertising history up to that date. In 1963, Nelson signed a 20-year contract with Decca Records, but he had no further major hits after 1964's "For You". 1972's "Garden Party", a self-penned country song bemoaning his fans' unwillingness to hear him play new music, was a moderate success, but he never regained his career's momentum. Bush), and for Queen Elizabeth II, as well as appearing on many top television shows. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Nelson was one of the highest-selling singers, second only to Elvis Presley. W. Unlike many teen idols of the time, Nelson showed his personal taste in working with strong musicians, including James Burton, Joe Maphis, and Johnny and Dorsey Burnette.

They performed for five Presidents of the United States (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and also to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. In 1952, they appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, and as a result, Godfrey hired them for his other shows, where they remained for seven years. Despite the promotional aspects of his career, it is clear that Nelson knew and loved music and was a credible performer before he became a teen idol, largely due to his parents' musical background. They incorporated a more diverse repertoire for these, extending themselves to more than the hymns they had sung at church. Soon, each show ended with a musical performance by "Ricky". When they started in 1935, Phyllis was only four years old. Eventually, they sang on other occasions than church-related ones; by 1949, they were singing at military bases and veterans' hospitals. Apocryphally, he recorded his debut single, the Fats Domino song "I'm Walkin'", in order to impress his girlfriend Lorrie Collins; the song was a hit.

They sang at weddings, funerals, and church revivals. Ricky began a rock and roll music career in 1957. They were born and grew up in Middletown, Ohio, where their mother was an ordained minister and let them sing in the church as young girls. Along with brother David Nelson, the family starred in the long-running radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet from 1944 to 1966; until 1949, the sons were played on radio by professional actors. They consisted of Christine McGuire (born July 30, 1926), Dorothy McGuire (born February 13, 1928), and Phyllis McGuire (born February 14, 1931). Born in Teaneck, New Jersey, he was the youngest son of Ozzie Nelson, the leader of a big band, and Harriet Hilliard Nelson, the band's singer. The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. Eric Hilliard "Ricky" Nelson, alternately Rick Nelson (May 8, 1940 - December 31, 1985), was one of the first American teen idols.

Cincinnati Enquirer article on the sisters' home (http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/07/27/loc_mcguires27.html). "Garden Party" (1972). McGuire Sisters' page on the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (http://www.vghf.com/Inductees/mcguire_sisters.htm) site. "Hello Mary Lou" (1961). McGuire Sisters' page on the Primarily A Cappella (http://www.singers.com/jazz/vintage/mcguire.html) site. "Travelin' Man" (1961). McGuire Sisters' page on the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame (http://www.infoage.org/NBHF-mcguire-sisters.html) site. "Lonesome Town" (1958).

"Poor Little Fool" (1958).

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