Thursday, December 08, 2011

The King Family


I remember.....


There were generally
 four who performed at
a time,
but all the sisters took turns in
the group.

They had a few Christmas Specials.


And PBS has been playing this DVD lately for their fund drive.


About the King Sisters....
Born and raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, the King Sisters originally were part of the "Driggs Family of Entertainers".
"In the early 1930s sisters Luise, Maxine and Alyce formed a vocal trio along the lines of their idols, the Boswell Sisters, and traveled to San Francisco to audition for radio station KGO (to replace the Boswell Sisters themselves, who were leaving the station)." [1]
In 1935, the King Sisters accepted a job with bandleader Horace Heidt. According to Dana Countryman,[who?] this lasted until 1938 when Alyce King accidentally knocked over a microphone and slightly injured the wife of a potential sponsor. Gradually, relations between the King Sisters and Heidt deteriorated to the point where they left the band.[citation needed] In the following years, they separately and together sang with the bands of Artie Shaw and Charlie Barnet. They also turned down a request to be the vocal group for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. They recorded for Bluebird Records, a sub-label of RCA Victor Records and the same label as Miller, and also had their first hit with a vocal version of Miller's hit, "In The Mood". Luise married guitarist Alvino Rey, and they appeared with him in a series of hit songs.[2]
At the peak of their success, they also appeared in a number of Hollywood films in the 1940s. During World War II, they appeared regularly on Kay Kyser's radio series. In 1965, they began hosting their own ABC television-network series, The King Family Show, which featured family members including Alyce's husband, actor Robert Clarke, and her sons, Ric de AzevedoLex de Azevedo, andCam Clarke, as well as other talent. The show ran from 1965-1966, with a revival during 1969.[3]
(Thank you Wikipedia) 

Wikipedia forgot one thing...
the sisters were the first sister act
to do jazz with big bands!


Love looking at these now!

There are King Sisters,  King Cousins, and King Family.





One of them was married to this fellow.


Wish they had Christmas clips
on youtube...but they didn't.

Enjoy your fabulous Thursday,
all you little 
sweetie pies.

Love you dearly!
xoxo d



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