1955: The Bonnie Sisters

 Oct, 20 - 2013   no comments   1950s Music


The Bonnie Sisters were an American pop group from New York.


The three members were all nurses at Bellevue Hospital. After hearing The DeJohn Sisters on the radio, they began singing together at work, calling themselves The Belle Aimes initially.

After performing on Arthur Godfrey‘s television show, they were signed by Mickey Baker to Rainbow Records and changed their name to The Bonnie Sisters at the behest of Rainbow owner Eddie Heller.

Their first recording was “Cry Baby“, originally a B-side recorded by The Scarlets. The tune became a hit in the U.S., peaking at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1956.

Follow-up singles “Track That Cat”, “Wandering Heart”, and “Confess” failed to chart, and the group returned to nursing.

The 1990 John Waters movie, Cry-Baby, is named after the group’s lone hit.

  •  R&B
  •  New York.
  •  March 3, 1956
  •  1955-1957

Year /Song Title /Highest US Chart Position

  • Cry Baby – Morgan Robinson / Bert Berns / Jerry Ragovoy / Lawrence Robinson

Charted at #18 on Billboard Hot 100 in February 1956. This was their only record to chart on the Billboard charts, and after a few failed singles, they eventually went back to nursing. Written by Sylverster Hopkins and Fred Parris, and originally recorded by the Scarlets. The other side of this single is “I Saw Mommy Cha Cha Cha with You Know Who”. Below

Bonnie Sisters – Broken

  •  Rainbow Records

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