The Tammys were an American girl group made up of sisters Gretchen and Cathy Owens and their friend Linda Jones. The girls first met Lou Christie in 1961 at a concert where he was performing in the band Lugee and The Lions. A year later Lou hit it big with his single "The Gypsy Cried" and he brought the girls in to sing backup for him. He also signed them to a contract with United Artists and they recorded three singles. Despite local airplay, the weepy "Take Back Your Ring"