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. Hunter and Ronson worked and toured together sporadically until 1993, when Ronson died, after which Hunter continued his solo career. In 1994, they were inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame. After releasing two albums which met with little success, Mott added John Fiddler and became British Lions, soon to split up without any major success. Seventeen years later, however, they joined as an act again in response to fans' entreaties. Ronson and Hunter soon left the group to form a duo, while Ray Major and Nigel Benjamin were added to continue the group, which soon changed its name to Mott. Phyllis went to a solo act; Dorothy and Christine became totally devoted to their families. After The Hoople, a live album was released and Mick Ronson replaced Bender in 1974.

In 1968, they retired from public performance. Morgan Fisher also joined as keyboardist. The Coca-Cola company signed them to a contract with the highest fee in advertising history up to that date. Ralphs left in 1973 to form Bad Company; he was replaced by former Spooky Tooth guitarist Luther Grosvenor who, for contractual reasons changed his name to Ariel Bender for his stint with the band. Bush), and for Queen Elizabeth II, as well as appearing on many top television shows. Mott the Hoople's popularity helped lead to the band's break-up, along with an exposť in New Musical Express of Tippens' role in singing the chorus of "All The Young Dudes" from a hidden microphone backstage. W. Allen left the band after All the Young Dudes and before the release of a concept album, Mott, which was quite successful.

They performed for five Presidents of the United States (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. A David Bowie-produced album, also called "All The Young Dudes" was a major success. 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. The song was a major success in the United Kingdom - using Stan Tippens to sing the higher notes of its chorus during live gigs. They incorporated a more diverse repertoire for these, extending themselves to more than the hymns they had sung at church. Bowie convinced them to stay together and offered them "Suffragette City" (off his then massively popular Ziggy Stardust), but Mott the Hoople refused and asked for "Drive-In Saturday" and eventually received "All the Young Dudes". 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. David Bowie had long been a fan of the band and heard that they were about to split (allegedly when Overend Watts contacted him asking if he needed the services of a bass player).

They sang at weddings, funerals, and church revivals. Even with a large following, Brain Capers (1971) also did not do well and the band was close to breaking up. 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. The second album, Mad Shadows (1970), sold poorly and received generally negative reviews, as did Wildlife (1971). They consisted of Christine McGuire (born July 30, 1926), Dorothy McGuire (born February 13, 1928), and Phyllis McGuire (born February 14, 1931). Mott the Hoople (1969) was a cult success that included memorable cover versions of "Laugh at Me" (Sonny Bono) and an instrumental version of "You Really Got Me" (the Kinks). The McGuire Sisters were a singing trio in American popular music. Tippens became the road manager for the band; he was replaced by Ian Hunter who had replied to a music magazine advertisement which read "Singer wanted, must be image-minded and hungry".

Cincinnati Enquirer article on the sisters' home (http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/07/27/loc_mcguires27.html). Stevens changed the band's name to Mott the Hoople, taken from a Willard Manus novel. McGuire Sisters' page on the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (http://www.vghf.com/Inductees/mcguire_sisters.htm) site. Stan was soon injured and could not sing but the band lobbied and eventually signed with Island Records and moved to London to record with Guy Stevens as producer. McGuire Sisters' page on the Primarily A Cappella (http://www.singers.com/jazz/vintage/mcguire.html) site. Adding high-voiced lead singer Stan Tippens in 1969, the band recorded early tracks at a studio in Monmouth, later dominated by Love Sculpture and Dave Edmunds. McGuire Sisters' page on the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame (http://www.infoage.org/NBHF-mcguire-sisters.html) site. Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Overend Pete Watts and Dale Griffin (often referred to as 'Buffin') formed a band called Silence in 1968, playing near Hereford.

Mott the Hoople were a popular 1970s rock and roll band that maintained a large audience without ever achieving mainstream success. Drive On. Shouting And Pointing. Live (1974).

The Hoople (1974). Mott (1973). All The Young Dudes (1972). Brain Capers (1971).

Wildlife (1971). Mad Shadows (1970). Mott The Hoople (1969).

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