The Pixies Three, shown (Below right) left to right are Kaye McCool (Krebs), Debbie Swisher, and Midge Bollinger, taken in 1963. From Hanover, PA, they started out as the K-D-Dids, which included Debbie and Kaye. They sang for the neighbors, inviting them to their breezeway and charging just two cents for a show. They won $15 at a local talent show, and the K-D-Dids dreams became bigger. Around 1958, they decided to add another member to the group. They searched the neighborhood and found Midge a ready and willing participant. The K-D-Mids were born! Unfortunately, the name was not so popular, so they changed it again to the Pixies, after the popular haircut. The Pixies started entering every talent contest they could find. Elk clubs, rotary clubs, carnivals and local fairs hosted the trio, and they came away winners quite often. They also performed on the Ted Mack show and the Tony Grant "Stars Of Tomorrow" (right - Steel Pier)) contest - these girls got around! And when they got down to the Venus Lounge in Philadelphia, the record producing team of John Madera and David White spotted them performing and asked the Pixies to give them a call so they could make a record. When they finally hooked up, their name was changed to the Pixies Three because of a conflict with a different Pixies group from Washington DC. They signed with Mercury records and "Birthday Party" was headed up the charts. It turned into a big seller, so they waxed 442 Glenwood Avenue with Cold Cold Winter. Both sides parked on the charts, and the Pixies Three were off and running. They cut six 45's and one LP in their early 60's blitz on the eager record buying public, and had incredible popularity both here and Internationally. The Pixies Three reunited in 1991, and have been singing at various oldies functions ever since. I had the pleasure of interviewing Kaye Krebs in July of 2006. Listen the the interview HERE!
It was recorded on July 4, 2006. Take a moment to visit them at http://www.thepixiesthree.com