You Tube Video by RumandCocaCola44. Rare DOT recording.
SONGS I LOVE:
If you ever go down Trinidad
They make you feel so very glad
Calypso sing and make up rhyme
Guarantee you one real good fine time
Drinkin' rum and Coca-Cola
Go down Point Koomahnah
Both mother and daughter
Workin' for the Yankee dollar
(Ah, it's a fact man, it's a fact...)
They influenced my pop song choices in the past. I remember listening to them in the mid 50s. As a teen I was fascinated by their harmony and vocalisation and could not imagine how 3 voices could merge so smoothly as one. They were one of the first female groups that I used to listen to from our PYE radio at home. Rum and Coca Cola, one of their top hits, was the most rollicking song those years and Rum and Coke has always been my favourite mix.
|So who's who? Honestly I just know their songs.|
|78 records cost a bomb now unless Sungei Road have some left.|
During their career the sisters had been accompanied by top major big bands and personalities that included: Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, Bob Crosby (Bing Crosby's brother), Desi Arnaz, Guy Lombardo, Les Brown, Xavier Cugat Nelson Riddle and a host of others.
You should check out their song titles if you are interested. Got their 78s? Probably cost a bomb now. You can't even find them in Sungei Road. The titles that I know from memory are: Beer Barrel Polka, Too Young, Chattanooga Choo Choo, I Wanna Be Loved, Route 66, I Don't Know Why (I Just Do), Christmas Island, Don't Fence Me In and so on and on.
Their last performance with Dean Martin. Video by JasonSeaman1.
You are right. Some of their songs have been recorded by other artistes like Nat Cole, Bing Crosby and even Russ Hamilton. And watch the Dino video; no fireworks, half-naked screaming girls nor ear-blasting gimmicks. Just talented people with beautiful voices providing pure entertainment.
Some information from Wikipedia.
Images from Google.
Rum and Coca Cola lyrics: Morey Amsterdam / Music: Jeri Sullavan, Paul Baron.