K-Pop Pioneers: Rare Photos of the Fabulous Kim Sisters

October 15, 2014 4:35 PM

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A few years ago, TIME.com designated K-pop "South Korea's greatest export." While the folks at Hyundai, Samsung and a few other Korean corporations might have something to say about that assertion, there's little doubt that over the past few decades, the treacly, hook-infused musical style has made itself felt, in one way or another, all over the globe.

But few fans of the genre are aware that, more than 50 years ago, three young Korean women formed a kind of proto-K-pop group--an ensemble unlike any that American audiences, at least, had ever seen.

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