The Laurie Sisters Story
The Laurie Sisters are a pop vocal group from Atlas, Pennsylvania. (Above from left to right, Greta Schaivone, Cathy Schiavone and Caroline Schiavone) The Laurie Sisters took their name from the Pennsylvania state flower, the Mountain Laurel. They started singing when they were kids appearing on local radio station WKOK in the early 1940’s. Cathy sang with her father’s orchestra at the age of 14. Their father, Florian Schiavone was a band leader, principal and music teacher. His guidance would help them hone their talent. In 1949 Greta, who was the youngest, graduated high school which allowed her and her sisters to go to New York. After recording demo records at WISL radio in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, the Laurie Sisters mailed out press kits to various talent agencies in New York.
They got their big break in 1949 when they were signed to the Ted Steel Show on WPIX Television in New York. They would later work for Dumont Television and in 1951 recorded their first national record for Derby records titled “Should You Forsake Me” with vocalist Bob Anthony. They recorded a second record for Derby with Bob Anthony titled “Angela.” In 1953 The Laurie Sisters signed with the Ted Lewis Show and toured the country with Lewis until 1954 when they signed with Mercury Records. In 1955 they scored a top 30 hit with their rendition of “Dixie Danny.” In 1956 they moved from Mercury Records to RCA’s Vik label. On Vik they recorded more rock ‘n roll styled music with songs like “Jump Junior Jump” and “Give Me One Kiss.” In 1957 They recorded their first album titled “Hits of The Great Girl Groups” with Sid Bass and His Orchestra. The album would later be re-released in 1959 as a part of RCA’s “Living Stereo” series. Later that year in 1957 The Laurie Sisters would record a second album for RCA with Sid Bass that would never be released. The Laurie Sisters recorded their next single for Seeco Records in 1959 titled “Blue and Brokenhearted.” Also in 1959 The Laurie Sisters signed a multi-year contract with MGM Records, recording their next single titled “I Really Don’t Want to Know.” MGM Records shaped the sound of The Laurie Sisters into a rock ‘n roll girl group with songs like “I Surrender Dear,” “Live it Up” and “Don’t Forget (to Sign Your Name with A Kiss).”
In 1963 The Laurie Sisters recorded their first Christmas single titled “Two Thousand Years” for Murbo Records and “Something Old Something New” for Port Records which sold well in France. In 1964 Francis Gull would cover their version of the song scoring her first big hit in France. The Laurie Sisters would continue to tour the country through the 1960’s and not record again until 1968 when they were signed to De-Lite records. Their first recording titled “The Soldier Boy” gained the attention and praise of New York Times music critic, Robert Shelton, for the B side titled “My Cup of Life.” The Laurie Sisters officially retired from Show Business in 1980 to care for their parents. Caroline Schiavone passed away in 1993 due to lung cancer. In 2008 The remaining Laurie Sisters (Greta and Cathy Schiavone) traveled back to their home-town to accept an award on behalf their father Florian Schiavone for his service to the community as a teacher and Principal for Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania. The Laurie Sisters, Greta and Cathy currently live in Easton, Pennsylvania enjoying a quiet life.