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Yvonne "Vonnie" King
Birth: Jan. 15, 1920
Ephraim
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Death: Dec. 13, 2009
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County
California, USA

Vocalist. She was a member of the family music group The King Sisters. Born Yvonne Driggs in Utah and raised in Oakland the sixth of eight children, her father a music teacher trained his children to become entertainers in order to provide supplemental income for the family. Originally known as the Driggs Family of Entertainers, they later changed their group name to The King Sisters after their father's middle name. At first, consisting of sisters Maxine, Luise and Alyce, they performed while in junior high school and gained greater exposure appearing on local radio. After Maxine married, she retired and was replaced in 1934 by sisters Yvonne (age 14) and Donna (their sister Marylin was later a part of the groups' history). Following stints with bandleaders Horace Heidt and Artie Shaw, they joined orchestra leader Alvino Rey (Luise's husband) and scored 1940s hits with "In the Mood", "Its Love, Love, Love", "I'll Get By", "The Hut-Sut Song", "Miss Otis Regrets", and Yvonne's solo effort "Nighty Night". Their popularity led to appearances in the films "Larceny with Music" (1943), "On Stage Everybody" (1945), "Swingin' Down the Scale" (1946, Yvonne only), and regular performances on the radio programs "The Ozzie and Harriet Show" and Kay Kyser. During the late-1950s they signed with Capitol Records resulting with the hit "Imagination" (1958), and hosted their own musical TV variety series "The King Family Show", from 1965 to 1969. She was married to musician Buddy Cole until his death in 1964, and later to television producer William Burch until his death in 2005. She was the mother of actress Tina Cole. After retiring from the entertainment industry, she resided in Sacramento where she involved herself in charitable causes. She died of injuries sustained from a fall. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
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  Edwin Lemar Cole (1916 - 1964)
 
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Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Dec 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45553710
Yvonne Vonnie King
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Yvonne Vonnie King
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
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