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The Fontane Sisters were a trio (Bea, Geri and Margi Rosse) from New Milford, New Jersey. Originally they performed with their guitarist brother Frank (1941–1944), but he was killed in World War II. They were featured on a radio show done by Perry Como 1945–1948 and Como's later television simulcast program in 1948 known as The Chesterfield Supper Club and later (1949–1954) as The Perry Como Show.
In 1949 they were signed by RCA Records, and did some recordings as backup to Como. In 1951 they had a minor hit with "The Tennessee Waltz", of which bigger recordings were done by Patti Page and Les Paul and Mary Ford.
The Fontane Sisters retired from show business around 1961, when youngest sister Geri was expecting her daughter. The daughter was named after Geri, and as an adult she went by the name "Geri Fontane Latchford"—"Latchford" coming from Geri's (the mother's) husband, Al(bert) Latchford. Marge felt that the trio didn't want to continue the "grind" of tours and mixing with the newer members of the music scene. The sisters agreed that they did not want to be part of the evolving rock 'n' roll scene. They felt they had become stereotyped as "cover" artists and wanted private lives.
In 1963, Dot Records did release one last album, Tips of my Fingers, and single ("Tips of My Fingers"/"Summertime Love") by The Fontane Sisters. But these recordings did not ...