Babs Beverley of 1950s British pop trio The Beverley Sisters dies, 91

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Babs Beverley died on October 28 after a five-year struggle with cancer. She is pictured walking along Davies Street in London in this undated photo

Babs Beverley died on October 28 after a five-year struggle with cancer. She is pictured walking along Davies Street in London in this undated photo

Babs Beverley of British 1950s pop trio The Beverley Sisters has died aged 91 after fighting cancer – three years after her sibling Joy passed away.

The singer became famous after a series of hits including I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Little Drummer Boy and How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?

Born Babette P Chinery in 1929, she was brought up with her sisters in Bethnal Green, east London. Babs’ death leaves her twin, Teddie, as the sole surviving member of the  vocal harmony trio.

The star had been suffering from cancer for five years and died on October 28, according to her agent. 

Johnny Mans said she was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 and had been living in a care home in Brighton.

‘She still looked as gorgeous as ever,’ he told BBC News. ‘She will be sadly missed because they were legends in their own lifetime and people will still remember them.’ 

Known for their harmonising hits and matching outfits, the ‘Bevs’ garnered a vast fan base in the Fifties and Sixties, and became Britain’s highest-paid female entertainers after being formed in 1944.  

Babs (left, in an undated photo) and her sisters, Joy and Teddie became famous after a series of hits including I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and Little Drummer Boy

Babs (left, in an undated photo) and her sisters, Joy and Teddie became famous after a series of hits including I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus and Little Drummer Boy

As prototype pop stars the 'Bevs' garnered a vast fan base in the Fifties and Sixties, and became global celebrities. They are seen meeting the queen in London on July 4, 2002, with Babs on the left next to Joy and Teddie 

As prototype pop stars the ‘Bevs’ garnered a vast fan base in the Fifties and Sixties, and became global celebrities. They are seen meeting the queen in London on July 4, 2002, with Babs on the left next to Joy and Teddie 

Teddie, Joy and Babs (left to right) are seen together in their customary matching outfits in an undated photo 

Teddie, Joy and Babs (left to right) are seen together in their customary matching outfits in an undated photo 

The prototype pop stars were known for their harmonising hits and matching outfits. They are pictured performing at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1993 

The prototype pop stars were known for their harmonising hits and matching outfits. They are pictured performing at Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1993 

Babs in undated photo with her husband, dentist James Mitchell, who she married in 1963 before divorcing four years later 

Babs in undated photo with her husband, dentist James Mitchell, who she married in 1963 before divorcing four years later 

The star with record executive Norman Newell

Babs embraces actor Richard Thorpe

The star is seen posing with record executive Norman Newell (left) and actor Richard Thorpe (right) in these undated photo

They began singing aged 11, when they tossed a ha’penny coin to decide their various roles. Babs won and opted for the soprano harmony – which she would keep for the next 70 years. 

The sisters later became known for their risque outfits – wearing see-through blouses on television. 

A favourite of the Queen Mother, they played to sell-out crowds at the London Palladium, and were regular guests on shows such as Morecambe and Wise. 

They were also the first British girls group to break into the US Top 10, where they were seen as the UK equivalent of the Andrews Sisters. 

Through it all Babs, Joy and Teddie remained close – living in adjacent houses in north London and even winning a Guinness World Record as the longest surviving vocal group with no change to the original line-up.

They spoke, as they sang, in chorus and appeared on This Is Your Life and Desert Island Discs as a trio. They even all shared a birthday: the twins were born exactly three years after Joy, on May 5, 1927. 

Babs married Scottish dentist, James Mitchell, in 1963 after dating for just five weeks. But the partnership did not last – they divorced four years later and had no children, according to The Telegraph.

Joy married in 1958, tying the knot with England and Wolves football captain Billy Wright. The partnership lasted until her death in 2015.

A year later, Teddie wed Peter Felix, a waterski champion, but they divorced after just over a decade.   

Unlike celebrities of today, however, The Beverley Sisters’ personal lives remained just that.  

Fans paid tribute to Babs on social media, where she was lauded as a 'fabulous entertainer' 

Fans paid tribute to Babs on social media, where she was lauded as a ‘fabulous entertainer’ 

Babs packs a bag at her home in Hampstead on the night before her marriage to businessman James Mitchell 

Babs packs a bag at her home in Hampstead on the night before her marriage to businessman James Mitchell 

The sisters at The Savoy (left, to right: Teddie, Joy and Babs)

Babs walking along Davies Street in London in an undated photo

The sisters at The Savoy (left, to right: Teddie, Joy and Babs) and Babs walking along Davies Street in London in an undated photo 

Babs' agent, Johnny Mans, said she was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 and had been living in a care home in Brighton. She is pictured with her sisters in an undated photo 

Babs’ agent, Johnny Mans, said she was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 and had been living in a care home in Brighton. She is pictured with her sisters in an undated photo 

How Babs Beverley and her two sisters rose from London’s East End to break America in the 1950s

Born Babette P Chinery in 1929, Babs was brought up with her sisters Teddie and Joy in Bethnal Green, London. Their parents, George and Victoria Chinery, had a music hall act, Coram and Mills.

The sisters began singing aged 11, when they tossed a ha’penny coin to decide their various roles. Babs won and opted for the soprano harmony – which she would keep for the next 70 years.

In 1944, they formed the Beverley Sisters, and over the coming decades churned out a series of hits including I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Little Drummer Boy and How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?

The Beverley siblings at Buckingham Palace in March 2006 after receiving their MBEs 

The Beverley siblings at Buckingham Palace in March 2006 after receiving their MBEs 

Known for their harmonising style and matching outfits, the ‘Bevs’ garnered a vast fan base in the Fifties and Sixties, and became Britain’s highest-paid female entertainers.

A favourite of the Queen Mother, they played to sell-out crowds at the London Palladium, and were regular guests on shows such as Morecambe and Wise. 

They were also the first British girls group to break into the US Top 10, where they were seen as the UK equivalent of the Andrews Sisters. 

Through it all Babs, Joy and Teddie remained close – living in adjacent houses in north London and even winning a Guinness World Record as the longest surviving vocal group with no change to the original line-up.

Joy married first, tying the knot with England and Wolves football captain Billy Wright in 1958. The partnership lasted until her death in 2015. 

A year later, Teddie wed Peter Felix, a waterski champion, but they divorced after just over a decade.  

Babs married Scottish dentist, James Mitchell, in 1963 after dating for just five weeks. However, this partnership did not last – they divorced four years later and had no children, according to The Telegraph

A rare break in Babs’ media silence came in 2015, when she and Teddie gave an interview to honour their sister a week after she was laid to rest. 

‘We vowed we wouldn’t say anything more after we got our MBEs in 2006,’ Teddie said at the time. ‘But this is for Joy,’ Babs added.

The sisters said they were too distraught to go to Joy’s funeral, a small, private, family affair.

‘It would have destroyed us,’ Babs said. ‘I don’t think we could have coped with kind people saying how sorry they were.

‘Because we still can’t quite believe Joy’s not here. Of course, we said our own prayers for her, but I know once I start to cry I’ll never stop.’ 

Fans paid tribute to Babs on social media. 

Abigail Thaw tweeted: ‘One of the most glamorous women I’ve ever known and a demon knitter. A good storyteller and a dirty laugh. My step-grandmother for many years…’

Brian Coleman wrote: ‘Sad to see death aged 91 of Babs Beverley of the Beverley Sisters for so many years residents of Whetstone ever Professional and fabulous entertainers . Only Teddy left now…’

‘Spitfire Gin’ wrote: ‘RIP Babs Beverley. 91 and such a darlings [sic]’. 

Another fan wrote: ‘Their songs brought joy to so many people’. 

‘Goodnight Babs. RIP,’ Steven Leo Jordan added.   

Babs holds the Queen's hand as she greets her and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, south-east London

Babs holds the Queen’s hand as she greets her and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, south-east London

Babs is pictured using a cine camera to film the arrival of her twin sister Teddie at Caxton Hall register office, London, for her wedding to Peter Felix in 1959

Babs is pictured using a cine camera to film the arrival of her twin sister Teddie at Caxton Hall register office, London, for her wedding to Peter Felix in 1959

An undated photo showing Babs waving from a stretcher after leaving the Harley Street Nursing Home on her way to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Holborn for a check-up

An undated photo showing Babs waving from a stretcher after leaving the Harley Street Nursing Home on her way to the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Holborn for a check-up

The Beverley sisters - again in matching outfits - leave London for Spain on one of their many overseas tours

The Beverley sisters – again in matching outfits – leave London for Spain on one of their many overseas tours