• Charles Martel

    Thanks for posting this, Book.

    Your timing is almost coincidental. A few days ago my wife told me that she had stumbled on to YouTube videos of the Boswell Sisters, a trio of young white sibs who predated the Andrews clan by about 10 years.

    They reached their height in the early 1930s, and had a sound that was incredibly black for three prim-looking white girls from the South. So black, in fact, that theories abounded as to the source of their soulfulness—were they light-skinned blacks? Mulattoes? Had a black nanny tutored them?

    In the end, who cares? They were genuinely good jazz vocalists who came on the scene just a bit too early to enjoy the benefits of the publicity machine that helped (justifiably) put the Andrews Sisters on the map.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    I may be remembering wrong, Charles, but I believe I read somewhere that Ella Fitzgerald, the best singer evah, was strongly influenced by the Boswell Sister’s sound.

  • Wolf Howling

    Thanks for posting that. I love the Andrews sisters. I still have some of their original recordings past down through the family. Rum and Coca Cola and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree are two of my all time favorites. You can’t think of WWII without them. If I could find a radio station that played only the Andrews Sisters, Harry James, Glen Miller and Louis Armstrong, I would never change it.

  • socratease

    Since Book brought up her name, just a quick plug for my favorite Ella ballad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzjLzUn_9oc

  • http://home.earthlink.net/~nooriginalthought/ Charles

    Several years ago I saw an interview with one of the Andrew Sisters, I think it was Patty.

    In answer to the interviewer’s question, she explained that she thought the reason they lost their popularity was because they and their music were so associated with WWII and that after the war people just wanted to move on.

    What was interesting is that she didn’t seem to mind this at all. She felt that it was nice that their music helped so many get through the war. And she said that she understood how their music which helped so many get through the war was now a reminder of that very war.

    So, not only could they sing (and as you said, Book, in an earlier post, with clearly enuciated words); but seemed to have such grace.

    Wolf Howling – yes, Rum and Coca-Cola is one of my all-time favorites!