7.13.2017

Sisters Who Sing

Back in the day, sister harmony groups were all the rage. The women who started it all were Laverne, Maxene, and Patty Andrews. The Andrews Sisters gained popularity by performing for the troops during World War II with songs like Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree, Shortenin' Bread, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and Mele Kalikimaka (with Bing Crosby). My grandma loved them!

They spawned many other sister groups in the '40s and '50s like The Lennon Sisters (Tonight You Belong To Me), The McGuire Sisters (Sincerely), The King Sisters (In The Mood), and The Boswell Sisters (St. Louis Blues).

In the '60s, The Shangri-Las, made up of two sets of twins, hit it big with Remember (Walking in the Sand) and Leader of the Pack. And Phil Spector worked with The Paris Sisters (I Love How You Love Me) and The Ronnettes (Be My Baby).

The '70s brought us The Pointer Sisters (I'm So Excited), Sister Sledge (We Are Family), and The Emotions (Best Of My Love).

These groups evolved in the late '70s when siblings wanted to form bands instead of simply sing harmonies. We got Heart (Crazy On You), The Bangles (Manic Monday), The Breeders (Cannonball), Wilson Phillips (Hold On), Ace of Base (I Saw The Sign), and Dixie Chicks (Wide Open Spaces).

Here are my current favorite sister groups. 

Tegan and Sara Tegan and Sara Quin started writing songs at age 15. I don't think they gained much popularity in America until the release of their fourth album in 2004, when tons of their songs were featured in the first season of Grey's Anatomy. That's when I discovered them and fell in love with the openly gay, identical twins from Canada. Their eighth album came out last spring and they created a music video for each and every song.




The Veronicas Australian twin sisters, Jess and Lisa Origliasso, have been working since they were five. They released three albums as teens under the name Lisa & Jessica, played villans on a TV series called Cybergirl, and then released their debut album as The Veronicas (the movie Heathers gave them inspiration for their name) in 2005 when they were 20 years old. I loved them from my first listen of their first single, 4ever. Last summer they replaced the Madden brothers as coaches on The Voice Australia and will release their fourth album sometime soon.





HAIM Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim started as a family band who played classic rock covers at for free at community events, churches and schools around LA. In 2007, the girls formed their own band, incorporated pop and R&B, and played local venues for five years. In 2012 they released their first EP and opened for bands like Mumford & Sons, Jennie Lewis, and Florence and the Machine. They found commercial success with their first album in 2013 and just released their followup last week, which I love!




Aly & AJ Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka's debut album came out in 2005 when they were 14 and 16 years old. They were Disney Channel darlings with songs on various soundtracks and roles on made-for-TV movies. They also supported The Cheetah Girls and Miley Cyrus on tour. Their third album had an electropop sound and their hit Potential Breakup Song became such a guilty pleasure of mine! Aly currently stars on iZombie and AJ plays Lainey on The Goldbergs. And now they have new music! They are releasing an EP sometime this summer and I've had their single Take Me on repeat since it came out.




I gotta say, I'm a little jealous. When my sister and I were six and nine, we tried to start our own girl group with another pair of siblings in the neighborhood. We created choreography, made fliers to announced our "concert" to the rest of the neighborhood, planned our outfits, then lip synced our favorite songs by Madonna, Whitney, Paula, Debbie, and Tiffany on my front porch. My mom even provided refreshments. Oh, how they humored us! That was our one and only gig though. I think we got tired of all the rehearsals.




Who are your favorite singing sisters?

2 comments:

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

Check out the Secret Sisters. They are a local group here and they are great. They may not be blood, the whole joke is folks that discover they are sister's from the same man but different mom's.

Karen said...

Wow. I had no idea some of these were related!