Patience and Prudence
Patience and Prudence McIntyre, 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 accompanied Frank Sinatra on piano during the 1940s. In the summer of 1956, he brought his daughters, 11-year-old Prudence and 14-year-old Patience, 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 and #28 in the UK Singles Chart, and was the biggest selling record put out by Liberty for two years. It sold over one million copies and reached gold record status.
Another recording by the girls, "Gonna Get Along without Ya Now," was released the same year they performed on Perry Como's television show. It reached #11 on the Billboard chart and #22 in the UK; its B-side, "The Money Tree," also reached #73 in the U.S.
The girls continued to record—including a pairing with fellow Liberty act Mike Clifford, and several singles for the Chattahoochee Records label--but had no subsequent hit records. In 1978, they reunited to appear on a Dick Clark television feature. Collectors Choice issued a CD compilation of all their Liberty Records singles.
- The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" is used in the Milka commercial "le dernier carré" in 2013.
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