6. Boswell Sisters - Jazz Walk of Fame

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The Boswell Sisters

Martha (1905 - 1958) Constance (1907 - 1976) and Helvetia (1911 - 1988)

The Boswell Sisters were one of the first and best vocal trios to bring jazz to the forefront of American popular music in the 1930s using radio, recordings, and film to reach a mass audience. There was always music in the Boswell home on Camp Street and among the friends who would drop by to jam were some of the best jazz musicians in town including Emmett Hardy, Louis, and Leon Prima, Monk Hazel and Leon Roppolo. They decide to marry and settle down to family life led to the Boswell Sisters retirement in 1936, but Connie continued as a solo artist well into the 1950s serving as an inspiration for acts such as The Andrews Sisters and for top jazz talents such as Ella Fitzgerald. During their rise to the top of the entertainment industry from 1932 to 1936, the Boswell Sisters perfected a close harmony vocal style that combined elements of scat, abrupt key and time shifts, and flawless phrasing to win audiences from coast to coast.

  • <p>Publicity photo of singer Connee Boswell from the radio program Kraft Music Hall. Press release is not dated-date stamp is 21 January 1941. NBC--photographer: Ernest A. Bachrach. Public domain.</p>
  • <p>Photo of the singing Boswell Sisters. From top:Martha, "Vet" and Connie. March 1932 (at lower left of page). page 65 The New Movie Magazine. Tower Magazines. Public domain.</p>
  • <p>Portrait of The Boswell Sisters, left to right: Martha, Connee, Vet. 1 January 1931. https://archive.org/stream/whatsonair01what#page/n723/mode/2up. Uncredited. Public domain.</p>
  • <p>Young Boswell Sisters. Still captured from video above.</p>
  • <p>The Boswell Sisters. Still captured from video above.</p>
  • <p>Boswell Sisters. Still captured from video above.</p>
  • <p>Boswell Sisters. Still captured from video above.</p>