Joy Beverley, one third of the vocal harmony group the Beverley Sisters(pictured centre), died following a stroke at the age of 91 on 31 August 2015. The singer, from Bethnal Green in London, was the eldest sister in the trio, who were known for songs including Little Drummer Boy and the Irving Berlin standard Sisters. During the Second World War the girls were evacuated to the Midlands. There they secured a contract to become "Bonnie Babies" in an advertising campaign for the bedtime drink Ovaltine. Radio appearances for the BBC followed - with support from bandleader Glenn Miller they became professional singers, renowned for their close harmonies and glamorous lifestyles. In 1951, the trio signed a recording contract with Columbia Records that helped them become the highest paid female act in the UK, earning more than £700 a week at a time when the average weekly wage was £5. They were the first British female group to break into the US top 10 and enjoyed chart success with Christmas records like I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. The sisters entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2002, as the world's longest surviving vocal group without a change in the line-up. The same year, they sang for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at a Jubilee concert. In 2006, the group were made MBEs for services to music, and arrived at Buckingham Palace - as always - in identical outfits.