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Why did the Boswell Sisters disband?. What was the cause of Connee’s paralysis?. And so many more. (Oct. 16, 2014). Ella Fitzgerald consistently credited Connie Boswell as her main influence and Irving Berlin singled her out as his favorite interpreter of his songs.
WILL FRIEDWALD, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, OCT. 16, 2014: "...the Boswells constitute a crucial link between Armstrong and Fitzgerald in the development of vocal improvisation."----------------------------------------------------------The Boswell Sisters rose to stardom during the Great Depression and established an enormously successful career in a very short time as pioneers of early mass entertainment, through the new media of electrical recordings, radio networks, and movies. Along with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, they led an American jazz "invasion" of Europe in 1933. They were admired by their frequent singing partner Bing Crosby, idolized by a struggling trio from Minneapolis who later gained fame as the Andrews Sisters, and praised as "the best act I ever followed" by a trouper named Bob Hope. Ella Fitzgerald consistently credited Connie Boswell as her main influence and Irving Berlin singled her out as his favorite interpreter of his songs. The beautiful and talented Boswells sold out stage shows from New York to London and the number of records they sold is estimated to be over 75 million. Then suddenly, it was over.The time has finally come to tell their story. THE BOSWELL LEGACY is the first full-scale biography of these icons of American music, written by Kyla Titus, the granddaughter of Vet Boswell and caretaker of the voluminous Boswell family archives, as only she can tell it. Within these pages, readers may discover the answers to questions left unanswered for decades. Why did the Boswell Sisters disband? What was the cause of Connee's paralysis? Why are the Boswell Sisters not household names today? And so many more. Most importantly, readers will learn about the development of a unique musical style that is timeless-a legacy-that is still heralded almost a century later.
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Boswell Legacy : The Story of the Boswell Sisters of New Orleans and the New Music They Gave to the World
If you're a fan of the Boswell Sisters, this is a must buy. While it doesn't do any musical analysis, it does give great background on the milieu from which they sprang. Interspersed with many photos from the family archive, it tells the inside story of how the group struggled, succeeded and then came apart. Written by the granddaughter of one of the sisters, it reveals a great deal about this never equaled vocal group.