Lane Sisters
Lane Sisters
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Dorothy, Grace and Betty Lane started singing professionally at WICC, Bridgeport, Ct. and WELI, New Haven. Born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, they were the children of Bill Lane, owner of the popular Bill's Diner, and Carrie Lane, who played the piano by ear and started the girls’ career at charitable events.

The Lane Sisters joined the McFarland Twins Band in late 1930's. They changed their real name, the Lane Sisters, to the Norton Sisters because of the then famous Lane Sisters of Hollywood--whose real name was not even Lane! The Norton Sisters came from their mother’s maiden name. After a couple years with the McFarland Twins, as the Norton Sisters they did short stints with Tony Pastor's Orchestra and Carl Hoff.

In the 1940s, they joined the Vaughn Monroe Band with which they recorded on RCA Victor and had several hit records, including “There I’ve Said It Again” and “Let It Snow.” Unfortunately, at the time they were only earning musicians’ scale.  

Middle sister Grace broke up the group when she married music publisher Al Gallico in October 1945. Youngest sister Betty went out on her own as a solo vocalists with George Paxton and then with Hal McIntyre, until she got married and quit the business in the early 50's.

The sisters got back together again in 1961 as the Lane Sisters at the encouragement of Al Gallico, who worked for Shapiro Bernstein publishing company. They recorded "Peek A Boo Moon" and "Birmingham Rag" for Landa Records. Grace Lane Gallico wrote “Birmingham Rag” among other songs, including “Pass the Plate of Happiness Around,” “Fontainebleu,” “Margarita,” “Penny Was Lucky for Me,” and, for Titus Turner, "Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha."

 

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