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A real gem....much better than I expected!

  • Feb 8, 2009
If you are like me and enjoy early to mid 50's pop then in all likelihood you are at least familiar with the Fontane Sisters. Most people would recall the groups two Top Ten hits from that era. "Hearts of Stone" climbed all the way to the top of the Billboard charts in 1955 and the bouncy "Seventeen" was a number three smash later that same year. Love that tune! What many people fail to realize is that the Fontane Sisters managed to reel off a string of two dozen hits in the seven year period from 1951-1957. For a good many years most of these songs were extremely difficult to find. Now Remember records which appears to be based in Portugal of all places has released "The Fontane Sisters: Their Greatest Hits". This terrific new disc presents 25 of the girls best and brightest tunes from back in the day. For me this one was a real find!
"The Fontane Sisters: Their Greatest Hits" offers up nearly all of the groups charted singles from their days at both RCA Victor and Dot. I must admit that I enjoyed them all. From the early part of the decade enjoy the Top 20 hits "Tennessee Waltz" as well as the Hank Williams' classic "Cold Cold Heart". I was also partial to "Daddy-O" and most especially to the Sisters rendition of the great Drifters hit "Adorable". Finally, I would like to recommend to you both "Most of All" and "If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)". Although neither song ever cracked the Billboard Hot 100 they proved to be highly enjoyable nonetheless.
"The Fontane Sisters: Their Greatest Hits" comes with a couple of pages of informative liner notes and the remastering job is dandy. Fans of group harmony should certainly latch onto this one! Recommended!

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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.

In 1954 they switched to Randy Wood's Dot Records, where they had 18 songs in the Billboard Hot 100, 10 in the top 40.

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 ...

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Music, Albums, Pop Vocals, Jukebox Hits, Girl Group Sound, Fifties Pop Songs


Performer: The Fontane Sisters
Release Date: May 14, 2007
Label: Remember
Genre: Pop Vocals
Release Date: May 14, 2007
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