In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
One of the all-time greatest jazz vocal groups, the Boswell Sisters, Martha, Vet and Connee, began their career in the vaudeville houses of New Orleans. Connee, paralyzed from the waist down by a childhood accident (though her disability was often attributed to polio), always performed sitting down. Gifted musicians as well as singers, the sisters also worked at a local radio station, performing classical and semi-classical instrumentals. (Martha played piano, Vet played violin, banjo and guitar, and Connee played cello, saxophone and guitar.) Their careers took off when the radio station gave them a daily singing program.
The sisters' harmonic vocals, dotted with scatting and numerous tempo and key changes, quickly made them popular in New Orleans and beyond. They recorded several songs during the twenties, but it wasn't until 1930, when they recorded four songs for the Okeh label, that they finally achieved popular recognition. They later signed with Brunswick, and between 1930 and 1936 they were the hottest vocal group in the country. They appeared in several movies and were regulars on Bing Crosby's radio program. Many of their hit recordings were made with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. Both Vet and Martha retired from show business in 1936. Connee went on enjoy a mildly-successful solo career.
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Review: A great collection from these wonderfully talented siblings.
Songlist: We're On The Highway To Heaven, That's What I Like About You, Heebie Jeebies, When I Take My Sugar To Tea, Shout Sister Shout, I Found A Million Dollar Baby, Sing A Little Jingle, It's You, It's The Girl , I Can't Write The Words , Concentratin' On You, Nothing Is Sweeter Than You , Put That Sun Back In The Sky, Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea, If It Ain't Love, Got The South In My Soul, Doggone I've Done It, We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye , It Don't Mean A Thing , Crazy People, Mood Indigo , That's How Rhythm Was Born, Coffee In The Morning (Kisses In The Night) , The Object Of My Affection, Dinah
Review: Rarely reissued commercial cuts and unissued selections from circa 1930 radio shows. From these flashes, it seems likely that the Bosewell Sisters could have 'trended' with the times for a good many years. Trended in the sense that they always did: drawing selectively upon developments and refinements in jazz and popular music, shaping and honing the music of their time - or any time - with the consummate good taste and musical integrity that was the Boswells' hallmark.
Songlist: I'm In Training For You, When The Little Red Roses Get The Blues For You, Does My Baby Love?, Song Of The Dawn, Liza Lee, Rarin' To Go, There' A Wah-Wah Gal In Agua Calliente, I'm On A Diet Of Love, The One I Love Just Can't Be Bothered With Me, Swanee Mammy, If It Ain't Love, Putting It On, Don't Let Your Love Go Wrong, It's Written All Over Your Face, Why Don't You Practice What You Preach, Every Little Moment, Way Back Home, The Object Of My Affection, I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again, Lullaby Of Broadway
Review: Connee (1907-1976), Martha (1908-1958) and Helvetia ('Vet') Boswell (1909-1988) constituted the most popular female vocal group before The Andrews Sisters, and created some of the most exciting recordings of the early 30s - still sounding amazing today. They enjoyed 20 hits before breaking up, when the remarkable, wheelchair-bound Connee continued a great solo career, influencing a generation of singers such as Ella Fitzgerald. But as a trio, the Sisters were never matched.
Songlist: The Music Goes 'Round and Around, The Object of My Affection, It's The Girl, Every Little Moment, Let Yourself Go, Top Hat, White Tie And Tails, It's Written All Over Your Face, Coffee In The Morning and Kisses In The Night, The Lonesome Road, When I Take My Sugar to Tea, I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter, Cheek to Cheek, Don't Let Your Love Go Wrong, Why Don't You Practice What You Preach, I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket, Song of Surrender, Way Back Home, Dinah, he Music Goes 'Round And Around