Grandma up for Grammy
KENOSHA - A Kenosha grandmother is up for a Grammy Award.
Back in the 1960's, Cathy Friedrich was a singer with the girl group "The Tammys," but for the past 40 years or so, she's been quietly raising a family.
She was 16 when her music career took off. Friedrich still has some of the pictures from that time in her life, including one photos of The Tammys in their first big recording studio.
"That was our first arrival in New York City for our first dubs," she said.
The Tammys were picked up by hit singer/songwriter Lou Christie to sing back up. They signed with a national record label.
It all started with an audition in the back of Christie's Cadillac.
"We got permission from my mom and dad to ride around with him after the dance when it was over at one," Friedrich said.."So, we rode around in this big Cadillac convertible, and we thought 'Oh man, that's great,' singing like crazy."
The Tammys also recorded their own hits, including "Egyptian Shumba." Now, some 40 years after it was released, the song is up for a Grammy.
"It's crazy, I just love it though, I like it, it's fun," Friedrich said. She left The Tammys to get married and start a family. She now has ten grandkids and no regrets.
"I'm tremendously glad I had my family, because there's nothing more rewarding, but the music comes second," she said.
"Egyptian Shumba" was released again in 2005 as part of a box set featuring girl group legends. The box set is nominated for two Grammys. Friedrich will find out if the title "Grammy Granny" will stick on Feb. 11.