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by Mark Gabrish Conlan

I LOVE virtually everything the Boswell Sisters recorded and just about everything Connee Boswell recorded after her sisters quit the act to get married in 1936. But by the early 1950's, when this was recorded, her voice had become thicker and less flexible, and though Yank Lawson plays effectively behind her the arrangement is gimmicked up with little tricks obviously meant to make this record more appealing to the audiences of the time. The "stripper music" comment I think came about because of the horrible back beats the drummer is playing and some corny slides from the trombonist. A pity she didn't record "Singin' the Blues" in the early 1940's, when she could have done the song full justice and Andy Secrest would have been around to emulate Bix on cornet!

Posted on Apr 2, 2017, 5:24 PM

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