Marilyn King Dies

Last surviving member of the GRAMMY-nominated group the King Sisters dies at 82
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    Marilyn King
August 08, 2013 -- 1:36 pm PDT

GRAMMY nominee Marilyn King, the last surviving member of the popular big band-era group the King Sisters, died Aug. 7 following a battle with cancer. She was 82. Born in Glendale, Calif., King began singing with her sisters at age 13 and officially became a permanent member of the Kings Sisters in 1951. The family ensemble appeared in several films and television programs, including the '60s ABC variety series "The King Family Show." Trained in concert piano and opera, King performed with the Alvino Rey Orchestra and as a soloist with bandleaders such as Ray Anthony, Les Brown and Harry James, among others. As an actress, she appeared in several stage productions, including "Guys And Dolls" and "Hello, Dolly!" In 1958 the King Sisters garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Performance By A Vocal Group Or Chorus for "Imagination."

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