Soundie: Wham

Picture of The Four Ginger Snaps

Today's Soundie is a great version of "Wham Re-Bop-Boom-Bam" by a vocal group named The Four Ginger Snaps from 1943.  The song title was shortened to "Wham" for this film.  I think you'll find this version quite entertaining and I definitely want to dig up more music by this group.

The Four Ginger Snaps were are composed of a girl trio (Leona Virginia Hemingway, Ethel E. Harper, Ruth Christian) and one male, piano playing member (Charles Ford).  They recorded some sides for RCA Victor during the mid-1940's but never really made much of a splash.

They are credited with three Soundies and their song "The Shrimp Man" was released on a V-Disc in 1946.  I've searched the archives of Old Time Radio looking for some performances by the group, but I'm yet to find any.  They were believed to have done a guest spot on a 1944 episode of G.I. Journal so I will be sure to keep my eyes and ears out for that.


Watch: "Wham" by The Four Ginger Snaps

Consider supporting Swing City Radio by becoming a Hepcat.  Learn more at:

Swing City Radio: Playing Your Big Band Favorites from the Archives of Old Time Radio! - Listener Supported and Streaming Commercial Free.

Connect with Swing City Radio

Join My Mailing List for Free

Listen To The Weekly Podcast

Listen on Amazon Home Devices

Your Thoughts


Email *

Message *