Peggy DeCastro, Vocalist in Song of the South, Passes Away

Peggy DeCastro, eldest of the Latina singing trio the DeCastro Sisters, known for the 1950s hit recording of “Teach Me Tonight,” passed away at the age of 82. DeCastro died March 6 in Las Vegas of lung cancer, said the trio’s manager, Alan Eichler.

The sisters – Peggy, Cherie and Babette – were known as “the Cuban Andrews Sisters” and gained fame with a flamboyant nightclub act in Cuba. They also sang on a Cuban radio station owned by their father.

After the family moved to Miami in 1945, the girls became students of Brazilian singing star Carmen Miranda, who put them in her motion picture, “Copacabana.” They also provided many of the bird and animal voices in Walt Disney’s “Song of the South.”

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