Christine McGuire, the eldest of the singing McGuire Sisters, who struck gold on the pop charts within the 1950s with “Sincerely,” “Sugartime” as well as different close-harmony hits which won young American hearts not quite ready for rock ′n’ roll, died on Dec. 28 at her home in Las Vegas. She was 92.
Honey Lantree,Dec 28, 2018 who has died aged 75, was that rare thing in a 1960s beat group – a woman. As the drummer of the Honeycombs, who had a No 1 UK hit with Have I the Right in 1964, she disliked being dismissed as “a gimmick”, nor did she buy into the idea of being a pioneer. She just happened to be good on the drums, and that’s the way it was.
Norman Gimbel (November 16, 1927 – December 19, 2018) was an American lyricist of popular songs, television and movie themes whose writing career includes such titles as “Sway”, “Canadian Sunset”, “Summer Samba”, “The Girl from Ipanema”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song”, “Meditation”, and “I Will Wait for You”, along with an Oscar for “It Goes Like It Goes” – from the film Norma Rae. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.
Nancy Sue Wilson (February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018)was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for her single “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am”.
Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards for her work. During her performing career Wilson was labeled a singer of blues, jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, a “consummate actress”, and “the complete entertainer”. The title she preferred, however, was “song stylist”. She received many nicknames including “Sweet Nancy”, “The Baby”, “Fancy Miss Nancy” and “The Girl With the Honey-Coated Voice