Dorothy McGuire, the middle of three singing siblings who performed together as the McGuire Sisters, died Friday in Paradise Valley, Ariz. She was 84.
The McGuire Sisters had more than 30 hits on the Billboard pop charts beginning in the mid-1950s. The group was best-known for its harmonizing on hit ballads such as "Picnic" and "Something's Gotta Give," both of which are embedded below.
Dorothy, who sang with her sisters, Christine and Phyllis, had Parkinson's disease and dementia, her daughter-in-law, Karen Williamson, told the Associated Press. From Middletown, Ohio, the McGuires were harmonizing at church performances at a young age and were discovered by an agent who heard them sing at a revival meeting in Dayton.
The family went to New York after Phyllis graduated in 1952 and, sporting matching pink sweaters (they were often mistaken for triplets), the group performed "Mona Lisa" at an Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts audition. They won the competition after singing "You Belong to Me," a song made famous by Jo Stafford.