Lorayne Brox

Lorayne Brox, 64, eldest member of the Brox Sisters, a singing trio of the 1920s, died June 14 in Los Angeles of unreported causes.

The Brox Sisters, Lorayne, Bobbe (also known as Dagmar) and Patricia, were American-born but raised in Canada.

They got their start in 1921 singing the Irving Berlin composition “Everybody Step” in his “Music Box Revue” at the Music Box Theater in Manhattan.

The revue marked the beginning of a long association with Berlin. The Brox Sisters appeared in editions of the revue in 1923 and 1924 and also performed the first edition in London.

In 1926 they appeared with the Marx Bros. in “The Cocoanuts” and a year later appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies with Eddie Cantor and Ruth Etting.

In 1928, they appeared in several Vitaphone shorts. The following year they appeared in three feature films, including MGM’s “Hollywood Revue of 1929,” in which they introduced “Singin’ in the Rain.”

They were also featured in the Paul Whiteman film “King of Jazz” (Universal, 1930).

In 1935 Brox married jazz trumpeter, composer and orchestra leader Henry Busse. After his death in 1935, she married Joseph D. Hall, who died in 1983.

The youngest member of the trio, Patricia Gerstenzang, died in 1988.

Survived by a daughter and sister Bobbe.

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