Sep 9, 2012
With her sisters, Dorothy McGuire shot to pop superstardom with popular songs like "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite," "Muskrat Ramble," "It May Sound Silly," "Something's Gotta Give," "May You Always," "Picnic," "He," "Just For Old Time's Sake" and the megahits "Sugartime" and "Sincerely."
Long before The McGuire Sisters performed in studios on 121 flawless recordings, the musical trio was a child singing act in churches and on military bases.
In 1952, The McGuire Sisters signed a recording contract and appeared on television with Arthur Godfrey, who hired the singing siblings for other TV shows as "Godfrey's Merry McGuires."
The glamorous McGuire Sisters were constantly compared to The Andrews Sisters, another popular trio of sisters who were superstars before Dorothy McGuire and her siblings ever became famous.
Phyllis, Christine and Dorothy McGuire performed for five U.S. presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, radio listeners, television viewers and live concert audiences during their half-century of hit-after-hit success and fame.
Youngest sister Phyllis McGuire carried on a long relationship with mobster Sam Giancana, who publicly stated that Phyllis McGuire knew everything about JFK, RFK, Marilyn Monroe, and the facts behind the headlines.
The McGuire Sisters saw their magnificent career suddenly screech to a halt in the late 1960s. Longtime fans still blame it on Giancana's ties to Phyllis.
Dorothy McGuire and her siblings were inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Coca-Cola Hall of Fame, the Headliners Hall of Fame and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
In 2004, fans were shocked when The McGuire Sisters reunited to perform their biggest hits on a PBS television special (video below), with flawless vocal harmonies and stunning glamor in their seventies.
Reportedly, Dorothy McGuire's cause of death was "complications from Parkinson's Disease and dementia."
Her two sisters were not present when Dorothy McGuire died at her son's home.
The late singer is survived by her husband of 53 years, Lowell Williamson, two children, two stepchildren and nine grandchildren who mourn the death of Dorothy McGuire.
Dorothy McGuire 1928-2012