Female vocal groups of the 50s and 60s were amazing. Their harmonies and choreography were on par with the greatest men’s groups of the era. ‘The McGuire Sisters’ were a fantastic trio who had many hits over two decades.
The sisters perform one of their biggest songs, ‘Sugartime.’ You may have heard this song on the radio, and it has even been used in commercials. This performance is one of the original renditions.
The McGuire Sisters are dressed in white dresses with flowers embroidered on them. The song starts with them singing the chorus together and then breaks into a solo section.
When one sister sings solo, the other two move out of the camera shot. Then, they slide back in on cue to sing their tight harmonies. The 3rd verse even features a bit of choreography and some male background voices.
The black-and-white footage shows the sisters with a photographic background behind them. They sing perfectly in tune the whole time with big smiles. The girls strike a final pose, and the audience cheers wildly.
The McGuire Sisters actually credit another popular girl group of the era ‘The Andrews Sisters.’ They recommended that the McGuire sisters move and add choreography to their performances. The girls would often mimic the Andrew Sisters to polish their show.
The three sisters were born a few years apart, with Ruby being the oldest, followed by Dorothy and Phyllis. They dressed identical and did their hair in similar styles for every performance. Their recordings of ‘Sincerely,’ ‘Picnic,’ and ‘Sugartime’ all sold more than one million copies.