In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The McGuire Sisters, Phyllis, Dorothy and Christine, have come a long way from the tiny church in Middletown, Ohio where they began singing when Phyllis (the youngest) was four years old in 1935. Their classic harmony is as timeless and smooth today as it was in 1952 when they burst upon the music scene. During their outstanding 46-year career they managed to rack up a long list of hits - such as "Sincerely," "Just for Old Times Sake," "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight," "He," "Sugartime," and "Muskrat Ramble" - just to name a few.
The girls' first singing experiences were in the church in Middletown, Ohio where their mother was an ordained minister. They sang at weddings, funerals, and church revivals, displaying a natural, melodious harmony that soon brought them to the attention of the public. By 1949, they were singing at veterans hospitals, military bases and church functions. It was during this time that the sisters learned music other than the hymns and inspirational songs they were used to doing and they incorporated the new material into their repertoire.
The sisters got their "big break" on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts show in 1952 and remained there for seven years. They became one of the most well known vocal groups in the country in the 50s and 60s, appearing on top TV shows, performing at the White House for five presidents, and performing before the Queen of England. They were so popular that they, as representatives for Coca-Cola, received the highest fee in advertising history up to that time.
In 1968, they decided to take a hiatus from their careers. Phyllis decided to go solo and Dorothy and Christine wanted to devote time to their growing families. For the next 17 years, The McGuire Sisters only performed at family functions.
They are now back together as an act. Just as their music touched the lives of many across America and all around the world in the past, so it has now. Their sweet, nostalgic sound has longtime fans waiting in line to see them, as they are joined by new young fans. Their music has bridged the generation gap and The McGuire Sisters are a hit once again. They have recently been inducted into the Coca-Cola Hall of Fame as well as the Headliners Hall of Fame. The sisters balance active social lives with engagements around the world, from Las Vegas to Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre.
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Review: "May You Always" is an all-accompanied "best of" compilation of hits by sisters Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis of Middletown, Ohio, from the albums "May You Always" and "Sugartime," released on Coral Records in 1959 and 1960. The sisters grew up in Miamisburg, OH, where their mother was an ordained minister of the First Church of Christ. They sang in church in their teen years, then in military bases and church functions, auditioned on the Arthur Godfrey show, where they were a resident attraction for seven years. Exposure on the Kate Smith Show led to a record contract with Decca/Brunswick/Coral. There are 28 songs here, most of them well-known 50s pop hits: "Since You Went Away to School," "Volare," "Ding Dong," "Summer Dreams," "Sweetie Pie," "Peace," "I'll Think of You," "One Fine Day," "Banana Split," "Forgive Me," "Kiss Them For Me," "Lovers Lullaby," "The Last Dance," "Anniversary Song," "I Love You" and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo." The sisters' voices are perfectly matched harmonically, and the songs as inspirational, funny, silly and schmaltzy as you can imagine! This is a rich, enjoyable collection from Sepia Records with beautiful album cover pix and photos of the immaculately coifed and fashion-coordinated, sweetly smiling McGuire
Review: The three sisters McGuire indeed have a unity of blend hard to match among the many famous sibling groups. Their popularity was immense, and their cover versions of songs such as "Sincerely" and "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight," (both originally sung by the Moonglows and Spaniels, respectively) placed higher on the charts than those of their progenitors; the McGuire's sound and image was considered more acceptable to white audiences. While some of the songs, like "He," don't hold up as well over time - the lyrics and orchestrations seem a bit precious - the vivacious delivery is so unabashed, the apparently innate tunefulness so exact, and the arrangements so creative that "Muskrat Ramble" and "Sugartime" leave no doubt as to why the McGuires were loved by so many.
Review: The McGuire Sisters (Phyllis, Dorothy and Christine) got their big break on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show, where they replaced the Chordettes and remained for six years. They generated many hits throughout the 1950's and well into the next decade, and so popular were they that, as representatives for Coca-Cola, they received the highest fee in advertising history up to that time. These 24 romantic melodies just inspire harmony, and the orchestrations are brilliant as well. "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" uses imitation among the horn and string sections to reinforce the vocal line, while "Them There Eyes" is punctuated by percussion and horn accents and a half-time coda. The three voices, very similar in tone color and generally having a low tessitura in the female range, blend easily, and their vocal style is natural and without artifice. It's wonderful stuff.
Review: The McGuire Sisters were stars of radio and television and were the most popular sister group of the 1950's. This huge 59 track 2CD set compilation covers many of the McGuire sisters' biggest hits. The majority of the McGuire Sisters' hit recordings are included here, together with several titles that are debuting on CD. Some tracks have not been available since their original single release dates. 'Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight' was the first of their recordings to change into the Top Ten in 1954, followed by the spirited 'Muskrat Ramble' four months later. The following year brought even greater record sales. Their recording of the rhythm-and-blues-oriented 'Sincerely' shot to #1 on the charts, becoming one of their greatest hits, earning gold records for all three sisters. This collection is not to miss!