Patience and Prudence

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Patience & Prudence
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop, Bubblegum Pop
Years active 1956–1964
Labels Liberty Records, London Records
Past members Patience McIntyre
Prudence McIntyre

Patience Ann McIntyre Born in (1942-08-15) August 15, 1942 (age 74) and Prudence Ann McIntyre (1945-07-12) July 12, 1945 (age 71), known professionally as Patience and Prudence, were two sisters who were a young singing act from 1956 to 1964.


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 also released other singles such as "Little Wheel" and "All I Do Is Dream of You" but failed to reach the charts again.

They released several other singles on the Chattahoochee Records label, including a 1964 re-recording of "Tonight You Belong to Me".[1][5] In 1978, they reunited to appear on a Dick Clark television feature[1] and stated that they both didn't want to be performers in the first place and that their success was just an "accident". They also stated that their father didn't want them to be in the spotlight for personal reasons so he declined all other television and commercial offers which prevented both of the girls from furthering their professional music careers.

Collectors Choice issued a CD compilation of all their Liberty Records singles. Both Patience and Prudence are currently living in Wisconsin.

Song use[edit]

  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" is used in the end credits of Birth (2004).
  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" is used in the Milka commercial "le dernier carré" in 2013.[6]
  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" was used in the first and the final episode of American Horror Story: Murder House.
  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" was used in episode 14 of Bunheads sung by Sutton Foster and Hunter Foster.
  • The track "A Smile and A Ribbon" was used in episode 18 of Bunheads.
  • The track "A Smile and A Ribbon" was used in the Terry Zwigoff film Ghost World.
  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" is used in the 1979 movie The Jerk sung by Bernadette Peters and Steve Martin.
  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" is used in the 2014 visual novel "Liar Liar 2" by tokimekiwaku.
  • The track "Tonight You Belong to Me" was sampled in a variety of Aha Gazelle's songs from his album, Free Barabbas.

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. 
  5. ^ Patience and Prudence: A Sister Act Remembered
  6. ^ [1] Archived August 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

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