Two wonderful groups…one classic song. The Moonglows, the classic R&B vocal group formed in Cleveland, Ohio is one of the greatest Doo-Wop groups of all-time. Fabulous lead singers, Harvey Fuqua and Bobby Lester led The Moonglows to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. The McGuire Sisters one of the top singing groups of the 1950s are from Middeltown, Ohio and include sisters, Phyllis, Christine and Dorothy McGuire.
In 1955 both The Moonglows and The McGuire Sisters recorded a song that was written by Moonglow, Harvey Fuqua and DJ, Alan Freed. That song is SINCERELY. The McGuire Sisters first charted their version of this classic recording on January 8, 1955 on Coral Records. The McGuire Sisters pop recording charted at #1 on the Billboard Top 100 and remained at the #1 spot for 10 weeks. The single remained on the Top 100 for 21 weeks making it one of the biggest hits of 1955. The flip-side of the record NO MORE charted on the Top 100 at #17, making the single record a double-sided hit.
On March 26, 1955 The Moonglows version of SINCERELY on Chess Records, charted on the Billboard Top 100. The single charted at #20. SINCERELY charted at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and held the #1 spot for 2 weeks. The Moonglows version featured Bobby Lester on lead vocal. The recording has been awarded a Grammy: Hall of Fame Award and SINCERELY has been selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of its songs that helped shape rock and roll. The flip-side of The Moonglows classic recording is TEMPTING, the single did not chart.
Till the next time—Joe