PHOENIX – Dorothy McGuire Williamson, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis for a string of hits in the 1950s and 1960s as the popular McGuire Sisters singing group, has died. She was 84.
Williamson died Friday at her sons home in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, daughter-in-law Karen Williamson said. She had Parkinsons disease and age-related dementia.
The McGuire Sisters earned six gold records for hits including 1954s Sincerely and 1957s Sugartime. The sisters were known for their sweet harmonies and identical outfits and hairdos.
They began singing together as children at their mothers Miamisburg, Ohio, church and then performed at weddings and church revivals. They got their big break on Arthur Godfreys 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. The sisters last performed together in the mid-2000s.