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The Boswell Sisters

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Popular Jazz vocal group during the 1930’s. Martha, Connie, and Vet perfected a mix of rhythm and harmony that would define Jazz vocal groups to come and influence The Andrews Sisters and dozens of other “Sister” acts, both Black and White, along with The Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, ( as well as current groups The Pfister Sisters and The Stolen Sweets.)

From New Orleans, they were classically trained and switched over to jazz as they grew up along with the form. First recorded in 1925, they went on to play vaudeville and ended up on radio in California. After being heard coast to coast on one of the first nationwide radio hookups, they became stars of radio in NYC headlining both their own programs, as well as working on shows with Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers until the trio disbanded in 1936, mainly due to their marriages. They also appeared in many films of the time. (See youtube)

Connie Boswell, who later changed the spelling of her name to Connee, continued as a solo singer after the demise of the group, influencing singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. She did all this despite being unable to walk alone due to childhood polio and other back injuries.

“There is only one person I ever tried to sing like and that person was Connee Boswell.”

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