In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
During a time when teenagers were doing the jitterbug and Uncle Sam was asking young men to enlist, The Andrews Sisters were America's most popular female singing group. Patty, the youngest sister, was a loud and energetic blond who headed the group with her confident vocals. The middle sister was Maxene, a brunette, whose harmonic range gave the impression of four voices instead of three. Finally, completing the trio was the eldest, LaVerne, a strong willed red head with a witty sense of humor and an eye for fashion.
The Andrews Sisters versatile sound and range in genres explains their longevity in the music industry and popularity with people all over the world. They had major hits in nearly all types of music ranging from swing to country-western. This tremendous popularity did not stop in the music business. The trio could also be found performing in radio series, commercials, Hollywood movies and on Broadway.
Born in Minnesota, the three Andrews sisters developed a love for music at an early age. As children their first experience with music occurred when LaVerne had her two younger sisters sing a musical note around the family's piano. This experience awakened the girls love for music and they began spending all of their free time singing and mimicking the successful singers of the time. Some of their first major influences included the Boswell Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme.
The girls got their start when Larry Rich hired them to go on tour with his 55 member troupe. In 1932 they stopped touring with Rich, but the girls continued to sing at fairs, vaudeville shows and club acts. While touring the girls worked hard on their craft and rehearsed daily, sometimes practicing in the back of their father's Buick while driving to the next show. After six years of living on the road the girls had their first major success with "Bei Mir" which sold 350,000 copies. The song held the Billboards No. 1 slot for five weeks. This achievement established The Andrews Sisters as successful recording artists and they became celebrities.
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Review: Part of the ASV "Living Era" series, "Apple Blossom Time" contains 25 favorites from the female group that will forever define the harmony sound of World War II. Hits such as "Rum and Cola," "Don't Fence Me In" (with Bing Crosby), "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and the title track were standard issue back then, and Maxene, Laverne and Patricia captured the spirit of the nation. Their balmy, lilting style (reminiscent of the Boswell Sisters before them), can be saucy one moment ("Strip Polka," "Shoo, Shoo Baby") or sweetly romantic ("Near You," "Toolie Oolie Doolie") with equal charm. Accompanied, with the big band swing arrangements popular at the time, though on a few tracks - "Apple Blossom Time" in particular - the instruments are muted and almost insignificant.
Songlist: I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time, Joseph, Joseph!, Ti-Pi-Tin, Begin the Beguine, Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!, Say "Si, Si" (Para Vigo Me Voy), The Woodpecker Song, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, The Shrine of St Cecilia, Three Little Sisters, Strip Polka, Pistol Packin' Mama, Shoo, Shoo, Baby, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?, Don't Fence Me In, Rum and Coca-Cola, Ac-cent-tchu-atte the Positive, Along the Navajo Trail, South America, Take It Away, Near You, Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo), Toolie Oolie Doolie (the Yodel Polka), Underneath the Arches
Pagan Love Song
Review: The Andrews Sisters have recorded so many songs and sold so many records (75 million) that to say they were the Queens of Pop in the 1930's and 1940's is practically an understatement. This recording is special because it encompasses their early years, 1937-1940; of course it includes "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," which established their reputation and went to number #1, but also wonderful nostalgia such as "Ciribiribin," with Bing Crosby on lead, "I Love You Too Much," "Pagan Love Song" and so many more - twenty-two songs in all, too many to describe here. Many are accompanied by Vic Schoen, their longtime bandleader and arranger. The quality is still terrific and hasn't tarnished with age in the least.
Songlist: Beat Me Dadd Eight to the Bar, The Cock-Eyed Mayor of Kaunakakai, Beer Barrel Polka, Bei Mir Bist Du Shon, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Rhumboogie, I Love You Too Much, The Ferryboat Serenade, Well All Right, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Ciribiribin (with Bing Crosby), One Two Three O'Leary, Why Talk About Love, You Don't Know How Much You Can Suffer, From the Land of the Sky Blue Water, Pagan Love Song, Hold Tight, Long Time No See, OOOOO-Oh Boom, Short'nin' Bread, Let's Have Another One, I Want My Mama
Songlist: Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means You're Grand), Hold Tight (Want Some Sea Food), Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar, I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me), Shoo-Shoo Baby, Rum And Coca-Cola, Near You, I Wanna Be Loved, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive, I Can Dream, Can't I
The Christmas Tree Angel
Review: Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye join the legendary Andrews Sisters on this 10-song (all accompanied) compilation of classic Christmas tunes from the 1940s. Bing treats us to some of his wonderfully laid-back baritone on the opening cut, "Here Comes Santa Claus," "12 Days of Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "(The Toys Gave A Party For) Poppa Santa Claus," and the last cut, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Kaye joins the Sisters on "A Merry Christmas At Grandmother's," and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth." The Sisters by themselves perform the sweet little fantasy, "I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa," "Winter Wonderland" and "The Christmas Tree Angel." Beautiful, fun stuff from some of the greatest, most popular singers ever to record a Christmas song.
Songlist: Here Comes Santa Claus, Twelve Days of Christmas, Jingle Bells (with Bing Crosby), A Merry Christmas At Grandmother's (with Danny Kaye), I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa, Winter Wonderland, The Christmas Tree Angel, The Toys Gave A Party For Poppa Santa Claus (with Bing Crosby), All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (with Danny Kaye), Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (with Bing Crosby)
The Telephone Song
Review: Patty, Maxine and Laverne, the Andrews Sisters from Minneapolis, started their career at a young age, hitting the entertainment industry with what appeared to be overnight success, becoming the first female harmony group to sell a million-selling disc with "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen in 1938. By the mid-1950s the sisters had recorded over 400 songs, including 6 chart toppers countless gold discs, and had appeared in numerous films. They also recorded with stars like Bing Crosby, Al Jolsen, Danny Kaye and many others. The light-hearted, energetic style of the Sisters, that helped entertain troops and cheer a nation through the dark days of WWII, is well-represented here: "The Telephone Song," "A Rainy Night in Rio," "Some Sunny Day," "I Want To Go Back To Michigan," "Baby Blues," "Dimple and Cherry Cheeks," "My Isles Of Golden Dreams" and the Hawaiian tunes "Nalani" and "Malihini Mele." There's a number of cuts by the Sisters that we've never heard before, like "I Had A Hat," "The Windmill Song," "I Ought To Know More About You," "I'm On A Seasaw Of Love," "Where Is Your Wandering Mother Tonight," the title tune and many others. All swing-band accompanied. "Music Lessons" is a fun, sassy, cleanly-remastered time capsule of one of the great female vocal swing groups of all time, singing 25 of their wonderful, little-known and rarely heard hits!
Songlist: A Rainy Night In Rio, On the Avenue, Some Sunny Day, I Want To Go Back To Michigan, I Had A Hat, The Windmill Song, Can't We Talk it Over, I Ought to Know More About You, The Telephone Song, If I Were A Bell, Where Is Your Wandering Mother Tonight, Unless You're Free, Baby Blues, Dimples And Cherry Cheeks, Love Is Here To Stay, It's All Over But The Memories, Play Me A Hurtin' Tune, I'm On A Seesaw Of Love, Music Lessons, I'll Walk Alone, That's The Chance You Get, My Isle Of Golden Dreams, Nalani, Malihini Mele
Walk With A Wiggle
Review: It's 1943 and the war news on the radio isn't great, so you fiddle with the dial on the huge RCA Victor radio, and there are the Andrews Sisters, singing "I'm Getting Corns for My Country," a song about the painful joys of dancing at the USO. You chuckle and start tapping your feet, and think that a country that could produce a group like the plucky Sisters might win this war after all. "Now Is The Time" is a rare, 2-CD for the price of one collection of Andrews Sisters classics, many of which have not been heard since the end of the war. There are 23 songs, not in total but on each CD! Joining the Sisters are stars like Carmen Miranda on two Samba songs, Danny Kaye on three songs, Bing Crosby on two songs, Burl Ives, Nat King Cole, Dick Hayme, Ernest Tubb and Dan Dailey. All songs are swing band accompanied. Picking favorites isn't easy - all the songs are hip, swinging, and funny and/or poignant: "The Turntable Song," "The Wedding Samba," "He Rides The Range For Republic," "Gimme Some Skin, My Friend," "Choo'n Gum," "Amelia Cordelia McHugh-McWho?" and "Big Brass Band from Brazil" with Danny Kaye, and "Too Fat Polka." Of course you've heard "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" on all the other Andrews recordings, but have you heard "Bounce Me Brother With A Solid Four?" If you love the AS, swing music, American history or musical humor, this CD is for you!
Songlist: The Turntable Song, Nobody's Darling But Mine, On The Avenue, The Wedding Samba w. Carmen Miranda, He Rides The Range (For Republic), Muskrat Ramble, Monkey Is The Root Of All Evil, I See, I See w. Carmen Miranda, Now! Now! Now! Is The Time, Malaguena, Walk With A Wiggle, Down In The Valley, You Can Call Everybody Darling, Underneath The Arches, Any Bonds Tonight? , (I'm Getting) Corns For My Country, It's A Quite Town w. Danny Kaye , Bounce Me Brother With A Solid Four, Gimme Some Skin, My Friend, You're Off To See The World, Hula Ba Luau, His Feet Too Big For De Bed, Choo'n Gum, The Carioca, I'm Going Down The Road w. Burl Ives, Heartbreaker, Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella, Amelia Cordelia McHugh- McWho? w. Danny Kaye, Take Me Out To The Ball Game w. Dan Dailey, Longtime, No See, We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye, I Hate To Lose You, You Don't Have To Know The Language w. Bing Crosby, Don't Rub Another Man's Castle w. Ernest Tubb, The Glory Of Love, A Rainy Day Refrain, Three O'Clock In The Morning, Between Two Trees, Johnny Peddler, Big Brass Band From Brazil w. Danny Kaye, More Beer, Sweet Marie, Too Fat Polka, That's A-Plenty, Adieu w. Dick Haymes, May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You w. Bill Crosby & Nat King Cole
Review: The three beautiful, talented Andrews Sisters had the sound, look and attitude that defined the Swing Era, in our minds one of the most entertaining and creative periods in American music. Jasmine Records obviously agreed with us, and set out to put together a comprehensive collection of every song the prolific Sisters ever recorded, an amazing 101 tunes on 4, (yes, 4!) CDs. The first two contain all the American charts hits, and the other two contain many rarely heard songs which have never been reissued on CD. 13 tunes sung with Bing Crosby, like "Yodelin' Jive," "Victory Polka," "Don't Fence Me In," "The Three Caballeros" and "South America Take It Away;" 3 with Danny Kaye, like "Civilisation-Bongo, Bongo, Bongo" and "Put 'Em in a Box, Tie 'Em with a Ribbon;" "Yipsee-I-O" with Carmen Miranda, 4 with Dick Haymes, and others like Dan Dailey and Red Foley. We found the previously unreleased stuff like "A Zoot Suit (for my Sunday Gal)" and "The Mambo Man" particularly wonderful and fascinating. A gorgeous, generous, monumental, always entertaining collection! A must for every collector and a great gift for any fan of this legendary group whose music is still popular, for good reason, all these years later.
Songlist: Disc One:, Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, Tu-Li-Tulip Time, Lullaby To A Little Jitterbug, Hold Tight, Hold Tight, The Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel), Well, All Right, Yodelin' Jive w/ Bing Crosby, Say Si Si, The Woodpecker Song, Ferryboat Serenade, Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar, Scrub Me Mama, With A Boogie Beat, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time, Aurora, The Shrine of St. Cecilia, Three Little Sisters, Strip Polka, Pistol Pakin' Mama w/ Bing Crosby, Victory Polka w/ Bing Crosby, Shoo-Shoo Baby, Straighten Up And Fly Right, Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby? w/ Bing Crosby, (There'll Be A) Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin w/ Bing Crosby , Don't Fence Me In w/ Bing Crosby, Disc Two:, Rum And Coca-Cola, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive w/ Bing Crosby, The Three Caballeros w/ Bing Crosby, Along The Navajo Trail w/ Bing Crosby, The Blond Sailor , Money Is The Root Of All Evil, South America Take It Away w/ Bing Crosby, Rumuors Are Flying, Christmas Island, Tallahassee w/ Bing Crosby, Near You, The Lady From 29 Palms, Civilisation - Bongo, Bongo, Bongo w/ Danny Kaye, Toolie Oolie Doolie, Underneath The Arches, You Call Everybody Darling, I Can Dream It, Can't I?, Quicksilver w/ Bing Crosby, I Wanna Be Loved, Sparrow In The Treetop w/ Bing Crosby, Rhumboogie, I Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much), Chico's Love Song, Jealous, Says My Heart, Disc Three:, Tuxedo Junction, Lily Belle, Tica-Ti, Tica-Ta, A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal), You're A Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith, Stars Are The Windows Of Heaven, Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling, Rancho Pillow, Hohokus, N.J., Beatin', Bangin', 'N Scratchin' w/ Danny Kaye, Jack Of All Trades, Alanta G.A., Coax Me A Little Bit, There'll Be A Jubilee, Put 'Em In A Box, Tie 'Em With A Ribbon w/ Danny Kaye, Avocado, I'm Gonna Paper All My Walls With Your Love Letters, I've Just Got To Get Out Of The Habit, Yipsee-I-O w/ Carmen Miranda, Underneath The Linden Tree, I Didn't Know The Gun Was Loaded, Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!, Pack Up Your Troubles w/ Dick Haymes, How Many Times?, Disc Four:, Run, Run, Run, Great Day w/ Dick Haymes, Them That Has, Gets, Old Don Juan, The Money Song, For All We Know, Clancy Lowered The Boom! w/ Dan Dailey, Satins And Lace w/ Red Foley, Don't Blame Me, A Man Is Brother To A Mule, What Did I Do? w/ Dick Haymes, Guys And Dolls, The Mambo Man, I'll Pray For You, Sing, Sing, Sing, Piccolo Pete, How Lucky You Are, Lying In The Hay, The Windmill Song, The Bride And Groom Polka, East Of The Sun, Wunderbar w/ Dick Haymes, The Wedding Of Lilli Marlene, Zing Zing, Zoom Zoom, Six Jerks In A Jeep, Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)