Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Belated Happy 100th Birthday Maxine Means McCoy! (A/K/A Mrs. Clyde McCoy)
In his December 3 column, The Commercial Appeal's David Waters reported on the 100th birthday celebration for Maxine Means McCoy, formerly of the "Bennett Sisters," and widow of big band leader and composer Clyde McCoy. Ms. Means and her sisters came to Memphis in 1937 to audition for McCoy's band at the Peabody. Although he was only looking for one female singer, he hired them all, and ended up marrying Maxine. The women called themselves the "Bennett Sisters" because they did not want to be known as the "Means Sisters." Good marketing call. McCoy was a popular band leader of the era, and his most famous song was "Sugar Blues," which was recorded by numerous other artists, including Ella Fitzgerald. Happy Birthday Ms. McCoy!