October 21st in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1953 at 8:30 pm, The Bell Sisters gave a forty-minute stage show at the 2,038 seat West Coast Theater at 333 East Ocean Avenue in downtown Long Beach to their new film, “Those Redheads from Seattle.”

Kay and Cynthia Bell

Kay and Cynthia Strother – The Bell Sisters!

The Bell Sisters were local girls from Seal Beach, Kay and Cynthia Strother, who sang under their mother’s maiden name of Bell. In 1951, they grabbed the public’s attention with the hit song, “Bermuda” and made eleven records and countless radio and television appearances in the early fifties. Their nephew, Rex Strother, maintains a Bell Sisters Facebook page and is currently revamping the official Bell Sisters website.

Their popularity as singers and engaging personalities lead to their being cast in singing roles in two 1953 films, “Cruisin’ Down The River” and the aforementioned “Those Redheads from Seattle.”

This was a big deal locally as noted in this West Coast Theater ad from the Long Beach Independent on October 18th:


“OUR PRIDE AND JOY FROM SEAL BEACH – THOSE SINGIN’ BELL SISTERS RING THE BELL WITH SMASH SONGS LIKE “TAKE BACK YOUR GOLD”

 Here’s “Take Back Your Gold,” the Bell Sisters number from the film:

Cynthia left the duo in the mid-fifties, and Kay continued a solo singing career into the sixties.

– Michael Dobkins


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