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KING SISTERS MEMBER, A UTAH NATIVE, DIES

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Utah native Alyce King Clarke, 80, a member of the big band singing group the King Sisters died Wednesday of chronic bronchial asthma.

She was born and reared in Payson. Her father, William King Driggs, taught his children how to sing and play musical instruments and then scheduled them for performances throughout the West as "The Driggs Family of Entertainment."Clarke and two sisters, Maxine and Louise, started "The Boswell Sisters" during the Depression. Maxine later retired, but Clarke, Lousie, two other sisters - Doona and Yvonne - and Marilyn, a friend, later combined to create "The Six King Sisters."

Eventually the group hit the big time with a Grammy for "Imagination" when Clarke, Donna, Louise and Yvonne were known simply as the King Sisters.

Alyce Clarke's alto voice was considered by many as the best in the family.

Funeral arrangements are pending.