In 1969, they tried for a new sound and a decided change of image, placing themselves in the hands of producers Kim Fowley and Michael Lloyd. The result was a single for Columbia Records credited to "The Clingers" -- a hard-rocking, garage punkette cover of the Vanda Young Easybeats song Gonna Have a Good Time. The record, which never scraped the lower reaches of the Top 100, intersected with the output of groups like the Pleasure Seekers (What a Way to Die), and unknowingly anticipated the sound of bands as different as the Pandoras and the Bangles. Unfortunately, this three-minute explosion of female punk energy was never followed up, and it proved a blind alley, though it does delight garage punk enthusiasts who rediscover it every generation or so.
The Clinger Sisters performed at venues like the London Palladium, the Hollywood Bowl, and Caesar's Palace backing Andy Williams, Anthony Newley, and Tom Jones, and played with Bill Cosby during his performing days at the Hilton.
Eventually, the sisters all moved on to other careers, and other phases of their lives. Peggy Clinger became a songwriter whose work was covered by Cher (I Hate to Sleep Alone), among others. Debra Clinger became an actress, co-starring with Priscilla Barnes in the short-lived #Charlie's Angels clone #The American Girls during 1978, and also co-starring with Michael J. Fox in the film #Midnight Madness. Leesa pursued a solo career that kept her busy singing in commercials (an extremely lucrative and rarefied area, not to be slighted).
In the '90s. Patsy, Debra, and Leesa Clinger resumed their musical career as the Clinger Sisters, after taking time out for marriage and families. Patsy Clinger now writes most of their songs, which are in a Christian music vein. The trio's most recent release is an album called The Fountain. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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