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Connee Boswell

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Among the finest jazz performers from the 1930s, Connee Boswell (who was simply always cited by Ella Fitzgerald while her primary early impact) originally rose to popularity as an associate from the Boswell Sisters, among the premiere jazz vocal groupings. Boswell contracted polio as a child and always utilized a wheelchair, although her impairment was generally well protected up on-stage. In early stages she performed cello, piano, alto sax, and trombone but however never documented on any equipment. The three Boswell Sisters (with Martha on piano and Veterinarian on violin) do have a chance to perform with the brand new Orleans Philharmonic but shortly they quit playing their equipment (aside from Martha on piano) and thought we would focus on developing being a vocal group. Although they documented both “Evenings When I’m Depressed” and Connee’s single amount “I’m Gonna Cry” in 1925, the Boswells didn’t begin getting on (and documenting frequently) until past due 1930. During 1931-1936 the Boswell Sisters became very popular on radio and in concert, producing occasional performances in movies (especially 1932’s THE BEST Broadcast). Through the same period, Connee (who exercised a lot of the Boswell’s astonishing arrangements) occasionally documented solo edges of her very own. When Veterinarian and Martha got wedded and made a decision to retire from performing in 1936, Connee (who also was wedded through the same period) officially released her own single profession. Although she under no circumstances broke to become a main celebrity, Connee Boswell was pretty well-known and worked well steadily in to the ’50s, showing up in some movies (including Kiss the Kids Goodbye and Syncopation) and on the short-lived tv program Pete Kelly’s Blues. Perhaps most obviously of her recordings was a 1937 program with Bob Crosby’s Bob Pet cats that led to inventive and hard-swinging variations of “Martha” and “House on the number.” Connee Boswell also documented a significant (but long from printing) 1956 jazz recording with Billy Butterfield, Miff Mole, and Jimmy Lytell, who arrived together because the Unique Memphis Five.

Quick Facts


Full Name Connee Boswell
Died October 11, 1976, New York City, New York, United States
Height 1.49 m
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Harry Leedy
Siblings Martha Boswell, Helvetia Boswell
Music Groups The Boswell Sisters
Music Songs Sand in My Shoes, Bob White, On the Isle of May, Say It Isn't So, Deep in a Dream, Start the Day Right, On the Beach at Bali-Bali, Main Street On Saturday Night, Swing Me a Lullaby, Whispers in the Dark, In the Middle of a Kiss, If It Rains, Who Cares?, When the Roses Bloom Again, Why Don't You Fall in Love With Me, Life Is a Song, Me Minus You, Fill My Heart With Happiness, Bell Bottom Trousers, Ole Buttermilk Sky, Gypsy Love Song, One Dozen Roses, It's the Talk of the Town, Fare Thee, Honey, Fare Thee Well, The Heebie Jeebie Blues, An Apple for the Teacher, I'll Never Have To Dream Again, Nobody's Sweetheart, Blue Moon, You've Got Me Crying Again, Washboard Blues, I'm All Dressed Up With a Broken Heart, All Alone
Albums Connie Boswell & The Boswell Sisters, Connee Boswell Selected Favorites Volume 1, With All My Heart, Connee Boswell Selected Favorites Volume 4, Tea For Two, Connee Boswell Sings Irving Berlin - A Golden Anniversary Tribute (Remastered 2017), The Nearness Of You, Connee Boswell Sings Irving Berlin, Connee Boswell Selected Favorites Volume 3, Connee Boswell and the Original Memphis Five in Hi-Fi, 25 Classics 1932-42, Sand In My Shoes, A New Moon, Blue Moon, Sings Irving Berlin and Rodgers & Hart, Singing The Blues With Connee Boswell, Singing The Blues, Connee Boswell, Irving Berlin: A Golden Anniversary Tribute, The Early Years, Connee Boswell Selected Favorites Volume 2, String of Pearls, Sings The Rodgers & Hart Song Folio, They Can't Take These Songs Away From Me, That's What I Need (Remastered), Deep in a Dream, Bing and Connee (Remastered 2017), Simple and Sweet, Jazz Nostalgia, The Very Best Of, Moonlight and Roses, The Essential Tracks (Remastered), Tonight in Time, The Magic Masters, Connee, Rarities, Ladies In Jazz - Connee Boswell, Rarites, Fabulous Magic Collection, Jazz Vocalist (Best Original Tunes), I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart, A Summer Sky Shines, Connee Boswell by Blue Moon, Ole Buttermilk Sky, Connee Boswell chante des blues (Mono Version), Classic Female Jazz Voice (Tracks Remastered), Your Music Around Me, Colours of Music History (Remastered), Swingin' the Blues (Mono Version), Heart & Soul: 25 Hits 1932-42, Blues Roots: Rhythm
Movies Swing Parade of 1946, Syncopation, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, It's All Yours, Moulin Rouge, Sunday Night at the Trocadero
TV Shows Pete Kelly's Blues


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#Fact
1 Her recordings sold over 75 million copies.
2 Played several musical instruments. In public performances, she usually played the saxophone.
3 Her polio-weakened wrist and hand forced her to change the spelling of her name from "Connie" to "Connee." During autograph sessions, the repeated dotting of the "i" caused severe pain and cramping.
4 In a wheelchair from the age of three after suffering a near-fatal bout of polio.
5 Sister of Vet Boswell(1911-1988) and Martha Boswell(1905-1958). Together, they were the Boswell Sisters singing group until 1936 when Vet and Martha left the group to get married. Connee continued as a solo. Her husband, Harry, was the group's business manager, a role he continued in her solo career.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pete Kelly's Blues 1959 TV Series Savannah Brown
Senior Prom 1958 Connee Boswell - Singer
Swing Parade of 1946 1946 Connee Boswell
Syncopation 1942 Connee Boswell
Kiss the Boys Goodbye 1941 Polly
Sunday Night at the Trocadero 1937 Short Connee Boswell
Artists & Models 1937 Connee Boswell
It's All Yours 1937 Singer
Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round 1934 Connee Boswell (uncredited)
Moulin Rouge 1934 Connee Boswell
Boswell Sisters 1933 Short Connee
Sleepy Time Down South 1932 Short Connee
The Big Broadcast 1932 Connee Boswell (as The Boswell Sisters)
Rambling 'Round Radio Row #1 1932 Short Connee Boswell (uncredited)
Close Farm-ony 1932 Short Connee Boswell (as The Boswell Sisters)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fleming 2014 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Bill W. 2012 Documentary performer: "Trav'lin' All Alone"
Pennies from Heaven 1981 performer: "I'll Never Have to Dream Again" 1932 - as Connie Boswell
Pennies from Heaven 1978 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
Pete Kelly's Blues 1959 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Swing Parade of 1946 1946 performer: "Stormy Weather"
Syncopation 1942 performer: "Under a Falling Star"
Kiss the Boys Goodbye 1941 performer: "Sand in My Shoes"
Sunday Night at the Trocadero 1937 Short performer: "I Can't Give You Anything but Love", "There's Always a Happy Ending"
It's All Yours 1937 performer: "If They Gave Me a Million", "Don't Let Mammy Go"
Rambling 'Round Radio Row #1 1932 Short performer: "Louisiana Waddle" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mike Douglas Show 1963 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
Play Your Hunch 1963 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Lee Phillip Show 1961 TV Series Herself / guest
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Julius LaRosa Show 1957 TV Series Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1950-1957 TV Series Herself
The Tony Bennett Show 1956 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Herself - Singer
All Star Summer Revue 1952 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
Connee Boswell and Ada Leonard 1952 Short Herself
Songs for Sale 1952 TV Series Herself
The Alan Young Show 1951 TV Series Herself
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1951 TV Series Herself
Cavalcade of Stars 1949-1951 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
Star of the Family 1950 TV Series Herself
The Star Reporter in Hollywood 1937 Short Herself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 14, No. 6 1935 Short documentary Herself (as The Boswell Sisters)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man 2009 Documentary Herself - Singer (segment "The Boswell Sisters Perform for Legislators")
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself (as The Boswell Sisters)
The Ladies Sing the Blues 1989 Herself

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