Soundie: Hollywood Boogie

Picture of Thelma White and Her All Girl Orchestra

Today's Soundie comes courtesy of Thelma White and Her All Girl Orchestra.  The title is known to some as "Choo Choo" but the official name of this piece is "Hollywood Boogie".  This song really swings and it's fun to watch Thelma wiggle and glide across the stage very much like Ina Ray Hutton.

White was known more as an actress.  She was in many good films but is known mostly for her role in the cult classic film "Reefer Madness".  During World War II, White joined United Servicemen Overseas, a government program that provided entertainment for the American troops, and performed as the leader of this all female swing band.

Watch: "Hollywood Boogie" by Thelma White and Her All Girl Orchestra

Thelma White and Her All Girl Orchestra filmed a few Soundies and did many tours to support and entertain the American troops.  Unfortunately, during one of those tours to Alaska, she contracted a crippling disease while in the Aleutian Islands. Thelma was bedridden for five years and was told she never would walk again. Although she partially recovered and appeared in a few late 1940s films, her career was pretty much over.

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