Rebecca Lane McB ride aka Becky

Born: Dec. 1, 1942 Tuscumbia, AL

Pop, Gospel Vocals Wagnon Sisters

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

Wagnon Sisters reunite for concert

By Russ Corey

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, September 21, 2009 at 3:30 a.m.

Last Modified: Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 10:58 p.m.

FLORENCE - While it's been years since she and her sister performed together as The Wagnon Sisters, Becky Wagnon McBride thinks her voice is better than it was when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1959.

 

In the late '50s and early '60s, Becky and Anne Wagnon, now Anne Wagnon Bevis, were a female vocal duo who were compared to the McGuire Sisters or a female version of the Everly Brothers.

"It was extremely exciting," McBride said. "At 15 and 17 (years old), we were doing what we liked to do; we didn't consider making money."

The sisters simply enjoyed writing poetry and songs and performing. "If anyone asked us, we would sing," McBride said.

At the suggestion of their friend, Gerry Adams, McBride and Bevis have agreed to reunite once again as the Wagnon sisters to perform at benefit concert to raise money to help find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

The sisters will be part of a show that will feature The Classic Legends, a group of local singers and musicians that impersonate stars such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Stevie Wonder and Patsy Cline.

The event will be Saturday in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association's Memory Walk, the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research, according to the association's Web site.

McBride said the Wagnon Sisters' career was truly a case of being at the right place at the right time.

After winning a contest at the North Alabama State Fair, the duo competed against more than 1,000 other young people at the Mid-South Talent Show at the Mid-South State Fair in Memphis.

They won that contest as well, which included a cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to New York City to appear on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, a talent program that helped launch the careers of such stars as Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight, Ann-Margret and Jim Stafford.

While they were auditioning for CBS Records, they attracted the attention of Ed Sullivan's son-in-law, Bob Precht, who invited them to appear on the show.

"We got a six-year contract with CBS, made recordings and were celebrities for about two years," McBride said. "We had a ball, then Anne married her first love and moved to Texas."

Bevis said she enjoyed every minute of her career, but always felt a calling to serve the Lord, get married and have a family. She is married to a local minister, Jim Bevis.

"It was a fun time for two Wheeler Mountain girls to be plopped down in New York City, on Broadway, literally with the world at our feet," Bevis said.

The sisters continued singing and can "still belt it out," Bevis said.

"This is quite an honor to get to do this," she said. "Our elderly father had mild Alzheimer's. It does create a hard place for people."

The sisters will perform several songs that made them famous.

"We came up in a musical family," Bevis said. "It was a big part of our upbringing."

The sisters are included in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame as Music Achievers.

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Source: Wagnon Sisters reunite for concert | TimesDaily.com | The Times Daily | Florence, AL

 

The Ed Sullivan Show CBS

 

Episode SummaryAdd/Edit

Guests:

--Lionel Hampton (jazz musician) - "Ain't Got That Swing" and "Lady Be Good"

--Teresa Brewer - "There'll Be Some Changes Made," "Melancholy Baby" & "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street"

--Jan Murray (comedian)

--Myron Cohen (comedian) - tells a story about small children.

--Joe Howard and Joe Howard Jr. (father-and-song singing-comedy team) - sing "Hello," "There Nothing Like a Good Old Song," "Honeymoon," and "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"

--Jan Peerce (opera singer) - "Vesti La Glubba" & "You'll Never Walk Alone"

--The Wagnon Sisters (singing group) - "Love Makes the World Go Round" and "Now Is the Hour"

--Peter Gennaro (choreographer) sings "I'll Come Back" with dancer Wisa D'Orso.

--Tiebor Seals (trained seal act) - seals play horns

Source: The Ed Sullivan Show: Lionel Hampton / Teresa Brewer / Jan Murray / Myron Cohen / Jan Peerce Episode Summary on TV.com

More info: Morgan United Way names Jim Fincher top volunteer

 

 

 

 

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