1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The McGuire Sisters Phyllis, (b.1931), Dorothy, (b.1930), Christine, (b.1929)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Sincerely 1955
They also had hits with Muskrat Ramble in 1954, Something’s Gotta Give in 1955, Sugartime in 1957, and May You Always in 1959.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1954 - 1961
Record Label: Coral
The McGuire Sisters of Middletown, Ohio, started singing in their mother’s church before they were ten years old. At an early age they had an uncanny ability to harmonize. Musician Jerry Herman called it instant harmony—Phyllis could start singing in any key while Dot and Chris would immediately pick up the appropriate part and chime in. They appeared at clubs, on TV, did eight weeks on Kate Smith’s radio show in 1952, and were winners on Arthur Godfrey’s ‘Talent Scouts’ where they replaced the Chordettes. At Coral Records producer Bob Thiele got them the best instrumental talent—arranger Neal Hefti (who was doing arrangements for Count Basie) and bandleader Dick Jacobs. In 1957, Bob Thiele brought them Sugartime, a quasi-novelty tune from Norman Petty’s Clovis, New Mexico studio, where Buddy Holly was recording. It earned the sisters a gold record. Few groups approached their level of excellence.
The McGuire Sisters' Best 45rpm Single Recordings during the Fifties: