Song of the Day: The McGuire Sisters, “Picnic”

TV and radio personality, author, screenwriter, raconteur, lyricist and composer Steve Allen would be 99 years old today. Steve wrote lyrics for George Duning’s "Picnic," the theme song for the 1956 movie that starred William Holden and Kim Novak. Frequently, it’s paired with "Moonglow," the 1934 song written by Will Hudson and Irving Mills, and it’s pretty easy to confuse the two. The McGuire Sisters’ 1956 recording reached #13 on the Hot 100.

11 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The McGuire Sisters, “Picnic”

    1. There were a lot of sister singing acts that came out of the ’40’s, ’50’s and ’60’s, like the Andrews Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, The Beverly Sisters, The McGuire Sisters etc., and they all sounded beautiful. Something about family groups, whether female, male (The Ames Brothers, The Williams Brothers etc.) or mixed (The Cowsills etc.), where all of them have the same timbre: they sound really good together…

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    1. One of the McGuire Sisters was the mistress of Sam Giancana of the Chicago mob. When that started hitting the scandal sheets, that ended their career, at least temporarily. A shame, too, they were fantastic singers…

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