Beverley Sisters star Babs Beverley dies aged 91

Beverley Sisters star Babs Beverley has died aged 91.

Sisters Babs, Teddie and Joy shot to fame with hits including Little Drummer Boy and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause, with both festive songs peaking at number six in the UK Singles Chart in the 1950s.

They also made waves with their version of Sisters, originally performed by Rosemary Clooney in 1954 classic White Christmas.

The close harmony trio went on to star in their own BBC TV show in the 1950s and were made MBEs in 2006 – four years after they entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest surviving vocal group without a change to the original line-up.

No cause of death has been given, but Bab’s sister Joy passed away at the same age in 2015 after suffering a stroke.

Beverley Sister Joy dies aged 91: Singer passes away after suffering a stroke



Joy was married to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ star Billy Wright for 36 years after they wed in 1958, but he sadly passed away after battling cancer in 1994.

Babs was born Babette P. Chinery on May 5 1927, along with twin sister Teddie, and grew up in Bethnal Green, east London.

The girls were evacuated to the Midlands during the Second World War, and went on to work as typists before becoming Bonnie Babies in an advertising campaign for the bedtime drink Ovaltine.


Once the war was over they toured with Eric Winstone and his orchestra, and made regular appearances on the BBC and America’s NBC.

The sisters are believed to have been the highest paid female entertainers in the UK in the fifties, sixties and seventies.

They performed at the Royal Variety Performance three times and even sang at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

That same year they made it into the Guinness World Records as the longest surviving vocal group without a change of line-up, and continued to perform in concerts and matinee shows until 2009.

After retiring, they continued to live near each other in Barnet, north London.

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