King Sisters

King Sisters

Show Count: 9
Series Count: 2
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio

The King Sisters were an American big band-era vocal quartet.[clarification needed]


Born and raised in Pleasant Grove, Utah, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, the King Sisters originally were part of the "Driggs Family of Entertainers".

"In the early 1930s sisters Luise, Maxine and Alyce formed a vocal trio along the lines of their idols, the Boswell Sisters, and traveled to San Francisco to audition for radio station KGO (to replace the Boswell Sisters themselves, who were leaving the station)." 

In 1935, the King Sisters accepted a job with bandleader Horace Heidt. According to Dana Countryman, this lasted until 1938 when Alyce King accidentally knocked over a microphone and slightly injured the wife of a potential sponsor. Gradually, relations between the King Sisters and Heidt deteriorated to the point where they left the band. In the following years, they separately and together sang with the bands of Artie Shawand Charlie Barnet. They also turned down a request to be the vocal group for the Glenn Miller Orchestra. They recorded for Bluebird Records, a sub-label of RCA Victor Records and the same label as Miller, and also had their first hit with a vocal version of Miller's hit, "In The Mood". Luise married guitarist Alvino Rey, and they appeared with him in a series of hit songs.

At the peak of their success, they also appeared in a number of Hollywood films in the 1940s. During World War II, they appeared regularly on Kay Kyser's radio series. In 1965, they began hosting their own ABC television-network series, The King Family Show, which featured family members including Alyce's husband, actor Robert Clarke, and her sons, Ric de Azevedo, Lex de Azevedo, and Cam Clarke, as well as other talent. The show ran from 1965-1966, with a revival during 1969.


  • Luise King (Rey) died on August 4, 1997, from cancer, the year of her 60th wedding anniversary to Alvino Rey, who died on February 24, 2004, aged 95.[clarification needed]
  • Alyce King (Clarke) died on August 23, 1996, from respiratory problems.
  • Donna King (Conkling) died on June 16, 2007, aged 88, in Plano, Texas.
  • Yvonne "Vonnie" King (Burch) died on December 13, 2009, aged 89, after being injured in a fall at her home in Santa Barbara, California.

Source: Wikipedia

Gene Autry's Melody RanchGene Autry's Melody Ranch
Show Count: 83
Broadcast History: 7 january 1940 to 1 August 1943, 23 September 1945 to 13 May 1956
Sponsor: Double Mint Chewing Gum
Cast: Pat Buttram, Johnny Bond, Carl Cotner, Sara Berner, Frankie Marvin, Alvino Rey, eddie Dean, Jimmy Wakely , Harry Lang, Jack Mather, Horace Murphy, Jerry Hausner
Producer: Bill Burch
Host: Gene Autry
Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical KnowledgeKay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge
Show Count: 11
Broadcast History: 1937 to 1 February 1938, 30 March 1938 to 26 June 1948, and 4 November 1948 to 29 July 1949
Cast: Kay Kyser
Director: Ed Cashman, John Cleary, William Warwick, Harry Saz
Producer: Frank O'Connor
Host: Kay Kyser
Broadcast: 26th August 1945
Added: Jul 21 2012
Broadcast: 16th September 1945
Added: Oct 15 2013
Broadcast: 7th October 1945
Added: Aug 15 2009