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Phyllis McGuire, last member of the McGuire Sisters, dead at 89


#Phyllis #McGuire — the lead singer and last remaining member of popular 1950s trio the #McGuire #Sisters — has died at 89.

The #Middletown, #Ohio, native passed away #Tuesday at her lavish estate in #Las #Vegas, although no cause of death was given, the #Las #Vegas #Sun reported.

The singer received her first big break in 1952, when #Phyllis and older sisters #Christine and #Dorothy #McGuire were signed by #Coral #Records, #Variety reported. #That same year, they claimed first prize at the “Arthur #Godfrey #Talent #Scouts” competition.

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The talented trio then took the music sphere by storm, touring the country and notching frequent appearances on “The #Ed #Sullivan #Show” and other variety shows, the #Wrap reported. The #McGuire #Sisters would go on to perform for five presidents and even #Queen #Elizabeth II during the course of their illustrious career.

The group is best known for their hit singles, namely their pop cover of the 1954 hit “Sincerely” by the #Moonglows and their 1955 rendition of “Sugartime.” #Both topped the #Billboard’s US songs chart and sold over a million copies, as did their 1956 song “Picnic.”

Christine McGuire, Phyllis McGuire and Dorothy McGuire circa 1997
#Christine #McGuire, #Phyllis #McGuire and #Dorothy #McGuire circa 1997
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#Unfortunately, the wholesome crooners — known for their perfectly coiffed hairdos and synchronized dance moves — had their image somewhat sullied in the ’60s after reports surfaced that #Phyllis had a fling with #Chicago mobster #Sam #Giancana. The vocalist claimed their relationship was merely platonic, although the 1995 film “Sugartime” went a different route.

#In 1965, #Phyllis testified before a grand jury that she knew #Giancana was a criminal but was unaware of his specific activities.

Phyllis McGuire circa 1963
#Phyllis #McGuire circa 1963
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The group took a temporary hiatus in 1968, during which #Phyllis embarked on a solo career. They reunited in 1985, when they performed for nearly two more decades, culminating in a final large-scale appearance in the 2004 PBS special, “Magic #Moments: The #Best of ’50s #Pop,” when #Phyllis was in her 70s.

The #McGuire #Sisters were inducted into the #National #Broadcasting #Hall of #Fame in 1994.

#Dorothy died in 2012 at the age of 84, and #Christine died in 2018 at 92.

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“I don’t fear living, and I don’t fear dying,” #Phyllis told #Vanity #Fair in 1989. “You only live once, and I’m going to live it to the fullest, until away I go. #And I’m going to continue singing as long as somebody wants me.”



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