Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sisters and Brothers: From this week's Oldies but Goodies!

 Connie, Martha and Vet (Helvetia) Boswell...
a close-harmony sister group that started out in New Orleans in 1925.
They had 20 hits in the 1930s,
including "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," "I Found a Million Dollar Baby,"
and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea."
 Live radio performances, with the likes of Bing,
helped their popularity.
That, and the way Connee (center) had with an arrangement,
changing melodies, keys, and rhythm,
unlike other groups who copied original recordings to the letter.
 Due to an accident early in her life,
Connee lived her life in a wheelchair...
or seated at a didn't seem to stop her.
When The Boswells broke up,
Connee continued to record on her own,
and even had some hit duos with Bing in the late 1930s.

From the Sisters to the Brothers...
Julius Henry, Adolph, and Leonard.

 "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady,"
from At the Circus, by Harold Arlen,
lyrics by Yip Harburg.
 Ahhh, the college widow!
Guess they were more popular back then...
From "Horsefeathers," 1932,
which also starred Thelma Todd.

Groucho lived the longest of the 3...
until 1977, age 86.
He performed from 1905 to...
well, he never really stopped.

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