Podcast: Show 180 - Jumpin’ With Zig On a Tin Roof

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Jumpin’ With Zig On a Tin Roof - Show 180 - 

Features music by Artie Shaw, Horace Heidt, The Starlighters and more.  We also learn a little bit about Carl Fischer and His Orchestra and how to clean small articles around your house.

* All music in this podcast are Creative Commons.  Artists are credited within the podcast.

Listen to: Jumpin’ With Zig On a Tin Roof (Show 180)

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The Boswell Sisters

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The Boswell Sisters were one of the most influential female singing trios of the Swing Era. Martha Boswell, Connee Boswell and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell hailed from New Orleans. The Boswell Sisters are remembered for their unique harmonies and ground-breaking arrangements. Simply said, they were HUGE in the United States during 1930's.  The trio was also known for fusing a wide range of styles, vocalization and instrumentation into their music. Their collaborations with the popular  musicians of their day including the: Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, had a huge effect on the development of Big Band Music.

Martha, Connie, and Vet grew up with formal, classical musical education. But in addition to that, their mother would take her daughters regularly to see the leading African–American performers of the day at the Lyric Theatre. These experiences would later influence their "sound". In interviews, the sisters remembered driving around New Orleans listening for new and interesting sounds, which they often found outside African–American churches and barrooms.  As the Boswell girls got older, Vet took up the banjo and Connie the saxophone. Martha continued playing the piano but focused on the rhythms of ragtime and jazz.

Listen to "The Object of My Affection" by The Boswell Sisters from 1935

In 1925, they made their first record for Victor Records. After touring with a vaudeville company through the Southern portions of the United States, the sisters arrived in Los Angeles in October 1929. They began appearing on radio programs and recording music for movies.

Their unique approach to reworking melodies and their improvisational styles had mixed reviews in the beginning.  But, as we all know, most ground-breaking artists go through that and after relocating to New York City in 1930, the Boswell Sisters soon attained national attention. They began making national radio broadcasts including a program on CBS that ran from 1931 to 1933.

Also in 1931, The Boswell Sisters signed a contract with Brunswick Records and made recordings from 1931 to 1935. While recording for Brunswick, They were granted great artistic control and took greater liberties in their music like regularly changing style, tempo, lyrics and time signatures.

In 1936, the group signed to Decca, but after just three records they broke up. Connie Boswell continued to have a successful solo career as a singer for Decca. In the 1940's, she changed the spelling of her name from Connie to Connee.

The Boswell Sisters chalked up 20 hits during the 1930's, including their number-one song "The Object of My Affection" in 1935.They also appeared in movie during this time as well.  When you get down to it, The Boswell Sisters were among radio's earliest stars. They were an influence to other artists as well, like Ella Fitzgerald and  The Andrews Sisters

The Boswell Sisters in a movie clip.  Abe Lyman makes a cameo appearance.

You can hear the music of the Boswell Sisters right here on Swing City Radio.

New 78's Added to the Youtube Channel - Sep 2023

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I apologize that I haven't been able to upload videos to the channel at the rate I was achieving in the summer.  But recently, I carved out some time and added some new vids.  Also, I have another milk crate of 78rpm to digitize so you should see more of these videos released during the Fall months.

Here's a small sample of Shellac I recently posted:

Listen to: Johnny Long And His Orchestra – "How Are Things In Glocca Morra" from 1947.

Listen to: Benny Goodman And His Orchestra – "Perfidia"

Listen to: "Don Voorhees And His Earl Carroll Vanities Orchestra" – The Riff Song from 1929.


Podcast: Show 179 - Madam La Zonga Uses Dreft

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The Big Band and Swing Podcast - Madam La Zonga Uses Dreft - Show 179 - 

Features vintage recordings by Count Basie, Larry Clinton and Jimmy Dorsey.  We also listen to a great Soundie by Kay Kyser and learn about self cleaning soap.

* All music in this podcast are Creative Commons.  Artists are credited within the podcast.

Listen to: Madam La Zonga Uses Dreft (Show 179)

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