John Hunsinger Talks About The Brownlee Sisters at the Taber Museum
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society hosted its fourth 2016 Coffee Hour on June 9. John Hunsinger presented an entertaining talk about the Brownlee Sisters.
The Brownlee Sisters of Williamsport were not only popular on the local scene but went on to enjoy careers on the national and international stages. Composed of sisters Delores, Doris, Phyllis and Frances, the sisters began singing locally in 1946, performing at the “Kiddies Sing” held in Brandon Park. They later performed at Mayor Leo C. Williamson’s ‘Community Sings”. Their ‘big break’ came in 1948. With over 100 appearances under their musical belts, the sisters auditioned for the ‘Horace Heidt Youth Opportunity Program’, broadcast nationally on NBC radio. Later appearances included Arthur Godfrey’s “Talent Scouts” and the Kate Smith Show and an extended engagement with the Tommy Dorsey Band. Audience members learned many more interesting details about the sisters and several recordings were played.
The Coffee Hour continued the Lecture Series of 2016 which is exploring the musical heritage of Lycoming County and central Pennsylvania. The Series is underwritten with generous contributions from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts and Hudock Capital.