Patience and Prudence

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Patience Ann and Prudence Ann McIntyre Born in August 15, 1942 and July 12, 1945, known professionally as Patience and Prudence, were two sisters who were a young singing act in the 1950s.


Mark McIntyre was an orchestra leader, pianist, and songwriter who worked with Frank Sinatra in the 1940s.[1] In the summer of 1956, he brought his daughters, 11-year-old Prudence and 14-year-old Patience,[2] into the Liberty Records studio in Los Angeles, California. They made a demonstration recording of the song, "Tonight You Belong to Me," which had been a hit for Gene Austin in 1927, and was written by Billy Rose and Lee David. Liberty signed them and immediately released a recording of the girls singing the song as a commercial single (with the B-side, "A Smile and a Ribbon," a composition with music by Mark McIntyre) and by September the song reached #4 on the Billboard charts[1] and #28 in the UK Singles Chart,[3] and was the biggest selling record put out by Liberty for two years. It sold over one million copies and reached gold record status.[4]

Their song "Gonna Get Along without Ya Now" reached #11 on the Billboard chart[1] and #22 in the UK;[3] its B-side, "The Money Tree," reached #73 in the U.S. They appeared on the Perry Como Show on television that same year.[1]

They released several other singles on the Chattahoochee Records label.[1] In 1978, they reunited to appear on a Dick Clark television feature.[1] Collectors Choice issued a CD compilation of all their Liberty Records singles.

Song use[edit]

  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" is used in the Milka commercial "le dernier carré" in 2013.[5]
  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" was used in the first episode of American Horror Story, Season 1 Murder House.
  • The track "A Smile and A Ribbon" was used in episode 18 of Bunheads

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Biography by John Bush". Retrieved 12 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 32. CN 5585. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 420. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 84. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
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