Dinning Sisters

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The Dinning Sisters Were a sisters group active during 1941-1955 the trio consisted of members : Lucille "Lou" Dinning (1920-), Jean Dinning (1924-2011) and Ginger Dinning(1924-) Ginger And Jean were twin sisters.


The group consisted of Eugenia (Jean), Virginia, and Lucille (Lou) Dinning. These sisters were born in Caldwell, Kansas and raised in Oklahoma. They first gained exposure on the NBC Radio show "Barn Dance". In 1943 the group was signed by Capitol Records to be that label's answer to The Andrews Sisters who recorded esclusively for Decca Records. The Dinnings sounded somewhat similar to The Andrews Sisters, but never really captured the musical energy & blinding rhythmic drive of Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne, nor the incredible success. Lucille (Lou) Dinning once said, "Let's face it, The Andrews Sisters were way ahead of us. We tried out darndest to be as commercial as they were, but weren't flashy enough. We were all kind of shy. We came from a farm in Oklahoma. We never took dancing lessons or anything." The Dinnings sounded much like The Andrews Sisters in fast-paced recordings like the boogie-woogie influenced "Pig Foot Pete," as well as "Down in the Diving Bell," "The Hawaiian War Chant," and "They Chopped Down the Apple Tree," an "answer" song (or sequel, if you will), which was cleverly composed and ably sung but much less successful than its originator "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)". The Dinning sound could also be compared, especially in slower ballads, to the soft blend of The Lennon Sisters, who would appear on the scene in the 1950s on The Lawrence Welk Show.

The Dinning Sisters charted 4 hits during the 1940s, including two top-10s. The group received further exposure from their appearances in the movies Texas Jamboree and Throw a Saddle on the Star.

Later Careers 

Lou Dinning recorded several sides as a solo artist for Capitol. Jean co-composed the song Teen Angel which became a #1 hit for brother Mark Dinning.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: 21st November 1947
Added: Nov 20 2009