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Del Rubio triplets

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Del Rubio Triplets
OriginLos Angeles, California, USA
GenresFolk, Acoustic, Cover
Occupation(s)singers
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1949–1996
LabelsKarma
Del Rubio Records
Past membersEadie Del Rubio
Elena Del Rubio
Milly Del Rubio

The Del Rubio Triplets were an American folk/acoustic cover band who rose to fame in the 1980s due mostly to their campy style of dress and their cover versions of songs. They earlier performed from the 1940s through the 1960s as The Boyd Triplets as singers in Xavier Cugat's band, in night clubs, and in at least one movie.

Biography

The Del Rubio Triplets were born as Edith, Elena, and Mildred Boyd on August 23, 1921 in the Panama Canal Zone. They were of were Scottish, English, and Spanish descent,[1] and were also direct descendants of Pocahontas through the Bolling family lineage. Their grandfather was Rolfe Emerson Bolling, and their great aunt was Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, the wife of United States President Woodrow Wilson.[2] The girls grew up in the Panama Canal Zone and Washington, D.C. They had one older sister Lola Boyd, who died in 1992.

Their stage name comes from the color they dyed their hair; the word "rubio" means "blonde" in Spanish. The girls never got married or had children because they didn't want to break up their act. They came up with their stage name The Del Rubio Triplets after their mother died from a stroke in 1965.[3] The triplets were Christians.[4]

They first achieved fame in the U.S. in the 1950s, when they were popular night club performers, appearing often on television, including several Bob Hope programs on NBC. They appeared on Good Morning America and Late Night with David Letterman.[5]

Grammy-winning songwriter Allee Willis is credited with re-discovering the Del Rubio Triplets in 1985 and presenting them at her parties where they garnered much notable attention.[6] Their biggest hits were cover versions of "Whip It" by Devo, "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz, "Walk Like an Egyptian" by The Bangles, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra, and "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. They released three albums Three Gals Three Guitars, Whip It, and Jingle Bells: Christmas with the Del Rubio Triplets.[7] In 1999 they released their compilation album Del Rubio Triplets Anthology three years after Eadie died.

They made various television appearances such as Married... with Children, Full House, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, The Golden Girls, Night Court, Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, New Monkees, Square One TV, Ellen, and Pee-wee's Playhouse wearing bouffant hairdos and gaudy blue eye shadow. They often appeared scantily clad (usually showing off their legs) despite the fact that they were in their 60s at the time. They often are remembered for their contribution of "Winter Wonderland" to the Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special that originally aired in 1988. They briefly appeared in the movie Americathon, playing "America the Beautiful" behind several posing bodybuilders. They also appeared in Sliders, season 1 episode 8, "The King Is Back" as themselves, performing "Whip It". In the late 1980s, they were featured in a McDonald's fast food advertisement.

The three performed until Eadie was diagnosed with cancer in 1996; she died that year at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. After Eadie's death, Elena and Milly never performed again, but lived together until Elena died of cancer in 2001.[8] Milly died from pneumonia on July 21, 2011. All triplets are interred in a family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California[9] next to their father.

Members

The Del Rubio Triplets
Name Eadie Del Rubio Elena Del Rubio Milly Del Rubio
Birth name Edith Bolling Boyd Elena Rolfe Boyd Mildred Stuart Boyd
Born (1921-08-23)August 23, 1921
Location Ancón, Panama Canal Zone
Died December 16, 1996(1996-12-16) (aged 75) March 19, 2001(2001-03-19) (aged 79) July 21, 2011(2011-07-21) (aged 89)
Location Torrance, California Los Angeles, California
Resting Place Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California
Years Active 1949–1996

Albums

  • Three Gals Three Guitars (1988)
  • Jingle Belles: Christmas with the Del Rubio Triplets (1991)
  • Whip It (1991)

Compilation Albums

  • Del Rubio Triplets Anthology (1999)

References

  1. ^ Elena Del Rubio; Member of Kitschy Singing Triplets 
  2. ^ "Del Rubio Triplets". edithbollingwilson.org. Wytheville, Va.: Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and Museum. Retrieved 31 January 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Three Gals, Three Guitars, One Birthday: the Del Rubio Triplets Shimmy into the Spotlight 
  4. ^ 3 for the Show : Del Rubio Triplets--in Hot Pants, Go-Go Boots, Blond Poufs--Have Now Become High Priestesses of Their Own Culture Cult 
  5. ^ Triplets’ Musical Act Is a Camp Trip with Compassion 
  6. ^ http://www.alleewillis.com/delrubios/peoplemag.htm
  7. ^ Eadie Del Rubio; Member of Musical Triplets 
  8. ^ Elena Del Rubio 
  9. ^ Littlejohn, Donna (9 August 2011). "Last member of San Pedro's Del Rubio Triplets dies at 89". Daily Breeze. Retrieved 16 June 2018.

External links

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