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Monday, August 26, 2013

THE FAMOUS KING SISTERS - BIG BAND ERA STARS

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY             0213

Recently, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley began to receive elements of the Ralph F. Muzzillo Sr., collection of Big Band Era artifacts and memorabilia. Mr. Muzzillo was a trumpeter for some of the most important bands of the 1930s and 40s. He and his family lived in Tarzana. The following images of the King Sisters, who lived and worked out of the Valley, are an example of the photographs in Mr. Muzzillo's collection.

The King Sisters - upper right to left Donna, Yvonne, Louise and Alyce. Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Ralph Muzzillo Jr. Beaumont, Texas 2013
"To Ralph. Hey you’re wonderful – Love and kisses The King Gals."
The King Sisters were made famous from their featured work with San Fernando Valley big-band era band leader Horace Height. 


 Lousie King - 1913 to 1997 -  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Ralph Muzzillo Jr. Beaumont, Texas 2013   (Click on images to enlarge them.)
"To Ralph and Eve – The best trumpet player in the business. The prettiest mom and most adorable baby – My very best wishes always – Louise.”
 
 Alyce King- 1915 to 1996 -  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Ralph Muzzillo Jr. Beaumont, Texas 2013

"To Ralph and Eve – My favorite audience when I sing Porgy. Lots of love to you and your little ‘superman.' ”  Alyce King”. 
Alice King lived in the San Fernando Valley and was buried in Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Burbank in 1991. 

Yvonne King - 1920 to 2009  -  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Ralph Muzzillo Jr. Beaumont, Texas 2013
“Dear ‘Moose’ We’re sure gonna miss you! Good luck and all that sort of thing.” 
 

 Donna King - 1918 to 2007 -   Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Ralph Muzzillo Jr. Beaumont, Texas 2013
"To Ralph and Eve, Gosh you’re both swell – Love and Kisses Donna

 
 
  Refer to photograph number 6310
These two outtake photographs featuring the King Sisters are from two Universal Pictures' films in 1943. We are not at present sure of which movies these belong. "Larceny With Music" and / or "Follow the Band"  Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Ralph Muzzillo Jr. Beaumont, Texas 2013

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Refer to Photograph number 6309

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