The McGuire Sisters really were sisters. There was Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis. The were all born in Middletown, Ohio, but were raised in Miamisburg. They started singing very young. Like many performers, they first sang in church and by 1949, they were singing professionally. They signed with Coral Records in 1952 and had a very successful career.
They appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts television show and he was so impressed by them that he hired them to sing on the show for the next seven years. Their first number one hit was “Sincerely” in 1954. They continued to record and hit the charts many times, but just had the two number ones, “Sincerely” and “Sugartime”
Dorothy died in 2012 of Parkinson’s disease, but the other two are still alive as of 2016 as far as I can tell. Christine has two children, and Dorothy had two children, but Phyllis never did have any children.
“Sugartime” was written by Charlie Phillips and Odis Echols in 1958. It was covered by Johnny Cash in 1961 and is a fun song to listen to. The song entered the charts on February 17, 1958 and spent four weeks at number one.
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