“We wanted our name to be everything the Royal Theater on Pennsylvania Avenue represented, that class, that’s what we wanted to be about,” said Sheila Anthony-Burnett, who was the Royalettes lead singer.
Today, Sheila is married and resides in Woodlawn in Baltimore County where she raised two sons and books occasional singing gigs around town. She works in Baltimore as an administrative assistant with a design firm.
Her sister Anita lives in Florida, Roni Brown in Baltimore. Terry Jones fell out from the group and resides in San Francisco. Three of the Royalettes talk frequently and try to meet during holidays. When together, they still enjoy harmonizing.
Sheila – who became a Playboy bunny in 1970 and was with the Playboy organization for six years – performs with a jazz group sometimes at the Haven, a cozy club in Northwood Shopping Center. She still carries with her that certain star quality, concerned about the public knowing her age, her image in television appearances.
“We were teen-agers, we hadn’t developed anything like a social conscience,” said Sheila’s sister, Anita Brooks, who chose the group’s name.
THE ELEGANT SOUND OF THE ROYALETTES (MGM 4366 LP) YEAR 1966
ARRANGED AND PRODUCED BY TEDDY RANDAZZO
ASIDE: TRACK 1: THE ROYALETTES – BABY ARE YOU PUTTING ME ON
MEMBERS ARE: SHEILA ROSS, ANITA ROSS, TERRY JONES AND VERONICA BROWN.yt