This is the definitive double-CD selection of the very best of the fabulous Boswells, the hottest jazz vocal group of all time. Connie (later “Connee” 1907-1976), Martha (1908-1958) and Helvetia (“Vet”) Boswell (1909-1988) constituted the most popular female vocal group before The Andrews Sisters, and created some of the most exciting recordings of the early 30s – still sounding amazing today. They enjoyed 20 hits before breaking up, when the remarkable, wheelchair-bound Connee continued a great solo career, influencing a generation of singers such as Ella Fitzgerald. But as a trio, the Sisters were never matched.
Shout, Sister, Shout! was their signature tune, and now the title of Retrospective’s 52-track selection of their very best recordings. 11 of them were Top Ten hits, including their first success, the incredible When I Take My Sugar To Tea, and Dinah, I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter, Roll On Mississippi Roll On, Rock And Roll, It’s The Girl and the chart-topping The Object Of My Affection – each one a tour de force. The Sisters’ jazz flair was invariably enhanced by the accompaniment of some of the top musicians in jazz, and fine solos by such as Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman, Manny Klein, Artie Shaw and Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang all add to the enjoyment. 2014 sees the publication of a Boswell Sisters biography by Vet’s granddaughter, Kyla Titus, a major new film documentary from Joshua Tree, and a large-scale exhibition Shout, Sister, Shout! – The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans.