Peggy DeCastro was the eldest member of The DeCastro Sisters. The Latin singing group, which consisted of Peggy and her siblings Cherie and Babette, first gained attention in Cuba for their flamboyant nightclub act.
When they moved to Miami in 1945, the sisters became protégées of Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda, who put them in the film, “Copacabana.” The DeCastro Sisters performed their three-part harmony on the first live broadcast of the Los Angeles television station KTLA, following an introduction by Bob Hope. They hit the big time when their 1954 song, “Teach Me Tonight,” sold more than 5 million copies.
Over the years, the ”Cuban Andrews Sisters,” built a library of songs, including “Boom Boom Boomerang,” “Too Late Now,” “Snowbound for Christmas” and “Cowboys Don’t Cry.” They provided many of the bird and animal voices in Walt Disney’s “Song of the South,” and became a popular singing act in Las Vegas nightclubs and hotels.
In 1997, the trio performed on KTLA’s 50th anniversary show, although Babette (who died in 1993) was replaced by their cousin Olgita DeCastro Marino. Three years later, The DeCastro Sisters were inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame as “Las Vegas Living Legends.”
Peggy DeCastro, who was known as the funny member of the group, died on March 6 of lung cancer. She was 82.