WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Sister Groups - October 6, 2004


The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit both on the air and on the Internet. Today, Mike played songs by groups consisting of sisters, either actual or made up. This week's theme is a follow-up to last week's theme, brother songs.

Notes:

  • "Goodnight My Love" by the McGuire Sisters also charted for Ray Peterson (1959), the Fleetwoods (1963), Ben E. King (1966), and Paul Anka (1969). The McGuire Sisters had a long string of chart hits from 1954-1964, their best known being "Sincerely" (1955) and "Sugartime" (1958). The McGuire Sisters were Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis McGuire.
  • "Moonglow" (a.k.a. "Moonglow and Theme From 'Picnic'") was a chart hit for the McGuire Sisters in 1956 and during that same year, "Moonglow" also topped the charts for Morris Stoloff and charted for George Cates and Ralph Marterie. "Moonglow"/"Theme From 'Picnic'" was based on the title theme from the movie starring William Holden.
  • "Dream Lover" by the Paris Sisters was previously a hit for Bobby Darin in 1959. The Paris Sisters were Albeth, Priscilla, and Sherrell Paris.
  • The Paris Sisters' best known song, "I Love How You Love Me," was also a chart hit for Bobby Vinton in 1968.
  • "Hearts Of Stone" topped the charts for the Fontane Sisters in 1955 and also charted for the Charms (1955), Bill Blacks Combo (1961), and the Blue Ridge Rangers (1973). The Fontane Sisters had many hits from 1951-1958 and were backup singers on many Perry Como recordings from 1949-1952. The Fontane Sisters were sisters Marge, Bea, and Geri Rosse.
  • "Cry Baby" was the Bonnie Sisters' only Billboard Hot 100 chart hit. Note that their song is not the same "Cry Baby" made famous by Garnet Mimms and Janis Joplin. The Bonnie Sisters were Pat Ryan, Sylvia Totter, and Jean Borgia who worked together as nurses at New York's Bellevue Hospital. As the story goes, they heard the DeJohn Sisters' "No More" on the laundry room radio and decided they wanted to make records too. They first called themselves the Belle Aimes and got their big break on the Arthur Godfrey television show. They then signed up with Rainbow Records, quit their jobs, changed their name to the Bonnie Sisters, enjoyed a short-lived success in the music biz, and ended up going back to work at Bellevue.
  • "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" by the Lennon Sisters from 1961 was also a chart hit that same year for Sue Thompson. The Lennon Sisters were Dianne, Peggy, Kathy, and Janet Lennon and made frequent TV appearances throughout the late 1950s and 1960s, especially on the Lawrence Welk Show.
  • The Sherry Sisters were another lesser known girl group that never charted nationally. Their "Stay Away From Bobby" was an answer song to the 1962 Marcie Blane hit, "Bobby's Girl." "Stay Away From Bobby" was released as a single (Okeh 7169 b/w "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes"). This song is included on the CD And The Answer Is: Great Pop Answer Discs From The 50's & 60's, Vol. 2. The Sherry Sisters also recorded several other songs on the Epic and Jamie record labels.
  • "Winkin', Blinkin' And Nod" was the Simon Sisters only Billboard Hot 100 chart hit. The Simon Sisters were the famous Carly Simon and her sister Lucy. Based on the well known children's poem, "Winkin', Blinkin' And Nod" also charted for the Doobie Brothers in 1981.
  • "Bad Motorcycle" was the Storey Sisters only Billboard Hot 100 chart hit. The Storey Sisters were Ann and Lillian Storey from Philadelphia.
  • The Young Sisters were a Detroit-based girl group. Their best known song, "Casanova Brown," was released as a single (Twirl 2001 b/w "My Guy").
  • "Don't Mention My Name" was one of two songs charted by the Shepherd Sisters who consisted of Martha, Mary Lou, Gayle, and Judy Shepherd.
  • "(My Baby Don't Love Me) No More" by the DeJohn Sisters from 1955 also charted that same year for the McGuire Sisters. The DeJohn Sisters were Julie and Dux DeGiovanni who used an English translation of their surname for the name of their act.
  • The Martin Sisters were one of many lesser known girl groups that never charted nationally. Their song, "Only Seventeen," was released as a single (Barry 1006 DJ b/w "Mother, Mother (I Feel Sick)") and is included on the CD Kiss 'N' Tell: 30 Works of Heart. In this song, the narrarator sings about her love for a boy who "walks like a man, talks like a man, and wants to be a Marine ... but who's only 17."

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