Dutch country and pop music group Pussycat featured the three Kowalczyk sisters – Toni, Betty and Marianne – former telephone operators from Limburg.
In 1975 they scored a big European hit with the song Mississippi but had to wait another year for the single to top the British charts. It climbed to #1 there in October 1976.
Pussycat’s career in Europe spanned more than a decade. They made regular appearances on the West German TV series, Musikladen, in the late 1970s and early 1980s and released 17 albums.
By 1981, the band had reduced to only Toni, Betty, Marianne and Toni’s husband Lou Willé, on guitar. The group finally disbanded in 1985.
Toni went on to a successful solo career as a country singer, using the name Toni Willé.