Christine McGuire was born on July 30, 1926, Dorothy McGuire on February 13, 1928, and Phyllis McGuire on February 14, 1931 in Middletown, and grew up in Miamisburg, Ohio where their mother was the minister of the First Church of Christ.
During their high school years, The McGuire Sisters sang at church services and by the late 1940’s were touring veteran’s hospitals and military bases before beginning their professional career singing at supper clubs and on local TV.
By the early 1950’s they moved on to the Kate Smith radio show and were winners of the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts, invited to become regulars for the next six years on his national radio/TV broadcasts and began recording for Coral Records.
“Pine Tree, Pine, Over Me” was their first national hit in 1954, but it was their follow-up, “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,” that gave them their first Top Ten and “Muskrat Ramble,” that duplicated the effort. “Sincerely” was the first chart topper for the McGuire Sisters and it would open the way for them to appear at New York’s Waldorf Astoria and on to the big casino’s of Las Vegas.
The ride on the Hit Parade for the sisters would continue with “It May Sound Silly,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” the inspirational “He,” the theme from the motion picture “Picnic” and in 1958 “Sugartime” saw the McGuire Sisters once again with a million selling #1 hit, followed by “May You Always” in 1959. In 1961 they continued with “Just For Old Time’s Sake.”
The McGuire Sisters have 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. |
Now retired, Phyllis lives in Las Vegas. Christine resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and Dorothy McGuire died in 2012 at 84 years of age In Paradise Valley, Arizona.
In 2001 the McGuire Sisters were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and in 2009, the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.