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One-Hit Wonders the De John Sisters

The De John SistersIntroduction to The De John Sisters

The De John Sisters were a 1950s vocal duo, consisting of Julie and Dux DiGiovanni, both born in Chester, Pennsylvania. The sisters signed a deal with Epic Records, and released their first single “Should I Run?” which didn’t chart. But the follow-up “(My Baby Don’t Love Me) No More” became a Top Ten hit in late 1954. Despite their next recordings “C’est La Vie” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right” charted on the lower ranks of Hot 100, the De John Sisters have been mostly viewed as a one-hit wonder. The Four Aces, who had lived in the same town as the De John Sisters, were among their first influences.

 

Early years of The De John Sisters

The De John Sisters were one of the few female vocal acts during the early 50s music era comprising of sisters Julie and Dux DiGiovanni. Originating from Chester, Pennsylvania, Julie and Dux were brought up by their parents who were running a dry cleaning services. After school, they worked in their parents’ business and at midnight, they would perform at the club where another vocal group The Four Aces (who lived in the same town as the sisters did) were discovered. Luckily, a talent scout from Epic Records (Columbia subsidiary) spotted The De John Sisters at the club and offered the duo a record deal.

 

 

The De John Sisters’ recordings and releases

Signing to Epic Records in 1955, The De John Sisters recorded a song and released as catalog called “Should I Run?” Unfortuntely, it did not become a hit. However, the sisters’ own composition “(My Baby Don’t Love Me) No More” was released as their second single. Their brother Leo contributed the music for the song that. It became The De John Sisters’ big hit, charting at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the Billboard Best Sellers chart, their record placed at the #8 slot. Around late 1950’s, The De John Sisters moved to Columbia label and released a couple of 45’s. Their later releases included an LP for United Artists Records called Yes Indeed! and four singles for Sunbeam Records (a small independent label). It included the song “Watermelon,” featuring the Argentine singer and actor Dick Haymes.

 

 

The De John Sisters’ discography (may be impartial)

Epic Records

(May 1956)

  • A: Big D
  • B: In My Innocence

 

Columbia Records

(Nov 1956)

  • A: Mu – Cha – Cha
  • B: Mah Little Baby

(Jan 1957)

  • A: Don’t Promise Me (The Can Can Song)
  • B: He’s Got Time

 

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