The Murmaids were a one-hit wonder all-female vocal trio composed of sisters Carol and Terry Fischer; and Sally Gordon from Los Angeles, California who, in January 1964 reached #3 with “Popsicles and Icicles”.
The Fischer sisters were 15 and 17 years old in 1963; Sally Gordon, also 17, was a friend and neighbor. (Another source says that all three were sisters.) The Fischers’ father was Carl Fischer, composer of standards such as Billie Holiday’s “You’ve Changed” and “We’ll Be Together Again,” sung by Frankie Laine. Carl Fischer was also Laine’s musical director and arranger for 10 years. Their mother, Terry Sr., sang with the big bands of the day, ultimately becoming the first girl singer with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Their grandmother and her three sisters played the vaudeville circuit as the Locus Sisters.
Carol and Terry Fischer and Sally Gordon made their first recordings singing on demos produced by Mike Post. A schoolfriend of Terry Fischer’s, Post would occasionally have the Fischer sisters and Sally Gordon provide back-up vocals on sessions at Gold Star Studios; it was there Kim Fowley–then in-house record producer at Chattahoochee Records–heard the trio and offered to record them on their own single.