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September 10, 2012

Dorothy McGuire dies

New York Times:

Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who reached the top of the pop charts in the 1950s with the McGuire Sisters, one of the era’s most popular vocal groups, and continued to harmonize with her two sisters on and off for another 50 years, died on Friday in Paradise Valley, Ariz. She was 84.

The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, said her son Rex Williamson.

Ms. McGuire and her sisters, Christine (the oldest) and Phyllis (the youngest and the lead singer), became pop stars at roughly the same time that rock ’n’ roll was becoming a worldwide phenomenon. But the McGuire Sisters’ music — like that of Perry Como, Patti Page and others of their generation — existed in a kind of parallel universe; the sweet, upbeat innocence of their hit songs like “Sincerely” and “Sugartime” (both of which reached No. 1) stood in stark contrast to rock ’n’ roll’s raucous energy, and the sisters’ genteel image — identical clothes, identical hairstyles, identical smiles — displayed not a trace of teenage angst or rebellion.

Dorothy McGuire was born on Feb. 13, 1928, in Middletown, Ohio. Her father, Asa, worked in a steel factory; her mother, the former Lillie Fultz, was an ordained minister at the First Church of God in Miamisburg, Ohio. She and her sisters discovered early on that they had a knack for singing in harmony, and their first public performances were in their mother’s church. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at September 10, 2012 12:00 AM