Two 14 year-old music enthusiasts, Dorothy Dyer and Linda Schroeder, formed the Teardrops in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961. They were encouraged to form a singing group after someone heard them singing from the audience at a concert in a teen nightclub. They soon recruited Pat Strunk, a friend from Hughes High School, to be the third voice in the group. Dorothy gave The Teardrops their name, and soon the trio was performing at local teen venues in Cincinnati during 1962-63. The girls were spotted by musician/arranger Bud Reneau, who soon introduced them to his partner, songwriter Paul Trefzger. The trio signed with Bud and Paul's Saxony Records in 1964; soon after they recruited their fourth member, Wanda Sheriff.