Today I’m thankful for two “sister” groups from the ’30s and ’40s: The Andrews Sisters and The Boswell Sisters.
I discovered the Boswell Sisters by reading, of all things, an interview with Donald Fagan of Steely Dan. He mentioned that Connee Boswell was one of his formative influences as a vocalist. I’m always up for hearing new music so I looked up some of their songs. They were unique in that they’d switch parts in the middle of a verse, or whenever they felt like it. They jumped around vocally, so that one sister was never stuck on just one part. They stopped really performing as a group around 1938, but Connee did a lot for the USO during the Second World War.
If you’ve ever heard “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” you’ve heard the Andrews Sisters. I don’t know as much about them off the stage as I do the Boswells, but their arrangements are usually just fun to listen to. It’s difficult not to sing along. Enjoy!
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