Saturday, April 23, 2011

And This Blog Loves The Boswell Sisters

When reflecting on the many splendid musical talents from New Orleans – and the mere thought of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Henry "Red" Allen, Irma Thomas, Fats Domino, Guitar Slim, Dr. John, James Black, James Booker, Professor Longhair, all variations on The Meters, Radiators and The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Allen Toussaint, Ed Blackwell, The Marsalises, The Batistes, The Nevilles, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton and swingin’ Harry Connick Jr. brings a big, fat, deep-in-the soul smile to my face – don't forget the fabulous Boswell Sisters: Martha (1905 - 1958), Connee (1907 - 1976) and Vet (1911 - 1988).



With Glenn Miller arrangements and the skilled backing of New York's finest session musicians - Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Carl Kress, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti, etc. - The Boswell Sisters recorded numerous sprightly tunes for Okeh and Brunswick.



Like their contemporaries - Satchmo, Fats, Cab, Basie, Billie, Django, Duke, Earl "Fatha" Hines, etc. - they made recordings that swing like mad and still sound great 80 years later!





Here are The Boswells at the top of their game, in The Big Broadcast Of 1932, a wonderful Paramount Pictures musical that also features the original Swooner Crooner himself, Mr. Bing Crosby. Swing it, Boswell Sisters!





Three cheers for The Boswell Sisters, three gals linked in sweet harmony.


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