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Waterfront Concert: The Memphis Belles
July 7 @ 6:00 pm
The Memphis Belles – Darlene Mogul, Pat Cummings, and Penny Weinstein began performing together December 31, 1990 at a New Year’s Eve benefit for the American Red Cross. The theme of the show was a WWII U.S.O. show. The women were cast to form an Andrews Sisters style trio to be called The Memphis Belles in honor of the B-17 Bomber which had originally been stationed at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor before being put into active service in England in 1942 during WWII. The bomber was nicknamed “Memphis Belle” (after the pilot’s girlfriend who hailed from Memphis TN at the time) and had a “pin-up girl” style painting on the plane’s moniker. The Memphis Belle B-17 Bomber became known for being the first to fly 25 successful missions without the loss of a single crew member. Darlene, Pat and Penny fell in love with the style and era of music from the 1940’s and decided to keep the group together after the New Year’s Eve show and began to grow their repertoire and expand it to include 1950’s music in the style of the McGuire Sisters trio. Now in their 25th year of performing as The Memphis Belles the group has performed all over the State of Maine, accompanied for most of those years by talented Music Director and keyboardist/pianist extraordinaire, Dana Ross. While the three women each have distinctive individual voices and preferred genres of music from country to pop and blues to jazz and interject some solo performances into their shows, it is their unique blend in their trio work that inspires them the most. Above all, this group will take you on “a stroll down memory lane”, played up with vintage costumes, campy fun and audience participation!