Christine McGuire, the eldest of the world-famous McGuire Sisters, died December 28 in Las Vegas, according to a family friend. Born July 30, 1926, she was 92.
The three girls from Ohio sang together from 1935, when "the one in the middle," Phyllis (b. 1931), was just 4 years old.
Signed to Coral Records in 1952, the girls became overnight stars thanks to an appearance on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts that year, and went on to achieve many pop hits, most importantly "Sincerely" (1955) and "Sugartime" (1957).
Rocked by the scandal of Phyllis's affair with mobster Sam Giancana (1908-1975), the sisters disbanded in 1968. But like Phyllis's attempts to quit Gianaca, the retirement didn't take — they reformed in 1986 and were a popular oldies act. They appeared together sporadically through the early 2000s.
Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire (1928-2012) passed away in 2012.
Phyllis McGuire recently sold her extravagant Las Vegas home and is known for her fabulous jewelry collection.
Check out this wonderful video of McGuire tickling the ivories at 90: