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Died On This Date (September 7, 2012) Dorothy McGuire / The McGuire Sisters

Posted by themusicsover on September 9, 2012

Dorothy McGuire
February 19, 1928 – September 7, 2012

L-R: Christine, Phyllis, Dorothy

Dorothy McGuire who, along with her sisters, Phyllis McGuire and Christine McGuire, performed as the McGuire Sisters, a very popular singing group during the 1950s and ’60s.  It was back in 1935, when youngest sister, Phyllis was just four years old, that the girls began singing together.  Before they knew it, they were singing at weddings, church revivals, and military bases.  In 1952, the McGuire Sisters appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and were hired by Godfrey to perform at his shows for the next seven years.  They also signed a recording contract with Coral Records that same year.  Throughout their recording career, the McGuire Sisters scored six gold records and had hits with songs like “Sincerely” and “Sugartime.”  They were immensely popular guests on television shows hosted by the likes of Dean Martin, Milton Berle, Andy Williams, and Ed Sullivan.  They performed for Queen Elizabeth II as well as Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush.  The group retired in 1968 after reportedly being blacklisted from many venues due to Phyllis’ relationship with mobster, Sam Giancana.  They reunited in 1986 and performed in Las Vegas and beyond well into 2000s.  In later years, they opened McGuire’s Pub near Sarasota, Florida.  Dorothy McGuire was 84 when she passed away on September 7, 2012.

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Died On This Date (April 30, 2010) Gil Ellman / Big Band Musician & Instrument Retailer

Posted by themusicsover on April 30, 2010

Gil Ellman
August 28, 1925 – April 30, 2010

Gil Ellman was a big band musician and longtime Chicago area musical instrument  merchant.  Ellman began his life of music as a youngster when he learned to play the saxophone, clarinet and flute.  His skills developed so well, that when he hit high school, he became its concert master.  Shortly after graduating, and at just 18 years of age, Ellman opened his own shop where he repaired radios and such.  He later became an instrument tech, working with the likes of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey when they came through Chicago.  Ellman played in the Coast Guard Band during WWII and continued to play in local groups well beyond that.  Over the years, he shared the stage with such legends as Patti Page, Milton Berle and Ronald Reagan.  In 1958, he opened Ellman’s Music Store  which remained an area institution up until the time of his passing.  Gil Ellman was 84 when he died in his home on April 30, 2010.

On May 7, 2007, Ellman was interviewed as part of the National Association of Music Merchants’ Oral History program.  Click here to view a 2 minute segment from his interview.

Thanks to NAMM Historian, Dan Del Fiorentino for the assist.

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