Dorothy McGuire of McGuire Sisters dies at 84

If You were raised in the Fifties you would know her/them. Great voice and music. Our love and prayers goes to her Family.
© AP/ Dorothy McGuire
©AP/ Dorothy McGuire
Sept. 9, 2012, 1:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who teamed with sisters Christine  and Phyllis for a string of hits in the ’50s and ’60s as the popular McGuire Sisters singing group, has died.

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Williamson died Friday at her son’s home in the Phoenix  suburb of Paradise Valley, daughter-in-law Karen Williamson said. She had  Parkinson’s disease and age-related dementia.

The McGuire Sisters earned six gold records for hits including 1954’s  “Sincerely” and 1957’s “Sugartime.” The sisters were known for their sweet  harmonies and identical outfits and hairdos.

Cropped screenshot of Dorothy McGuire from the...
Cropped screenshot of Dorothy McGuire from the trailer for the film Gentleman’s Agreement. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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They began singing together as children at their mother’s Ohio  church and then performed at weddings and church revivals. They got their big  break on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts show in 1952 where they continued to  perform for seven years.

The group made numerous appearances on television and toured into the late  1960s, making a last performance together on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1968.  Dorothy stepped back to raise her two sons, Williamson said. Christine also  raised a family while Phyllis pursued a solo career, according to a 1986 profile  in People Magazine after the trio reunited and began doing nightclub and Las  Vegas performances again.

The sister last performed together in the mid-2000s, and are featured on a  2004 PBS show called “Magic Moments – Best of 50s Pop.”

The Beatles performing "Help!" in Au...
The Beatles performing “Help!” in August 1965. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“They were a talent at a time when you had to have talent — it couldn’t be  done as it is now,” said Williamson, who is married to McGuire’s son, Rex.  “Truly, their harmonies were some of the best and God-given and they always knew  that and never took that for granted.”

The group performed for five presidents and Queen Elizabeth II of Great  Britain. They were inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1994  and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001.

Christine and Phyllis, 86 and 81 respectively, live in Las Vegas.

“They were just hard working professionals and they took every aspect of the  career very, very seriously,” Williamson said of the sisters. “And when they put  on a show you were going to get a great, great show.”

McGuire was married for 53 years to Lowell Williamson, a wealthy oilman. The  couple had two sons, Rex and David.

In addition to her husband and sons, she is survived by two step-children and  nine grandchildren.

A memorial service is set for Sept. 15 at Valley Presbyterian Church in  Paradise Valley


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