In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The Dinnings were a musical family of nine children, all of whom started singing harmony in church, and then spent their Sunday afternoons singing for fun. Three of the sisters, twins Jean and Ginger and sister Lou, started to win amateur singing contests before the age of ten, and later began to perform with older brother Ace's orchestra. With little experience but a lot of ambition, the young ladies left their Oklahoma hometown and traveled to Chicago, where they auditioned for NBC radio. They were hired and remained for seven years, and ultimately became the highest paid radio act in the Windy City.
The group underwent a few lineup changes over the years (Lou was replaced in 1946 by Jayne Bundesen, who was in turn replaced by Tootsie Dinning in 1952), but their albums for Capitol sold consistently well, including their debut release Songs by the Dinning Sisters which held the top spot on the charts for 18 weeks. Marriages and children eventually demanded the act's attentions, but the family remained involved in music, from Jean Dinning writing the song "Teen Angel" to the sisters' nephew Dean playing bass for alterna-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket. In 1988, Collectors Choice released an outstanding collection of the Dinning Sisters greatest hits, which is well worth checking out.
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Review: Although the Dinning Sisters found commercial fame in the 1940s as a close harmony trio in the style of the Andrews Sisters, their roots lay in the developing Country music of the 30's-not surprising as the girls were raised in rural Wichita, KS. 'Back' has 26 tunes, many of them featuring George Barnes on guitar, all fairly lightly accompanied. This is upbeat music, falling into the general category of the 1920's Western Swing of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys ('San Antonio Rose,' cut #19), and 1950's and 60's Rockabilly music. 'Turn Your Radio On,' Gene Autry's 'You'll Be Sorry,' 'Gospel Cannonball,' the jazzy 'Oh! Monah,' 'Louisiana Hayride,' 'Sweethearts or Strangers - this is a generous helping of authentic, fun stuff from the sweet harmonied Dinnings. Recommended!
Songlist: Turn Your Radio On, Thanks for the Buggy Ride, You'll Be Sorry, You Are Me Sunshine, Farther Along, Trouble In My Mind, Gospel Cannonball, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie, I'm Sorry Now, I Wonder Where You Are Tonight, Let's Draw Straws, I Only Want A Buddy Not A Sweetheart, The Last Thing I Want Is Your Pity, Home on the Range, Oh! Monah, I Called But Nobody Answered, Louisiana Hayride, Ridin' Down the Canyohn, San Antonio Rose, Morning On the Farm, In the Pines, Sweethearts or Strangers, The Traiil of the Lonesome Pine, When the Bloom is on the Sage, No Letter Today, Till We Meet Again
Review: Born into a musical family of nine brothers and sisters, The Dinning Sisters were twins Jean and Ginger and sister Lou (Lou was replaced in 1946 by Jayne Bundesen, who was replaced by Tootsie Dinning in 1952). Showing more than a little chutzpah, and without much experience, the young ladies left their Oklahoma town and traveled to Chicago, where they tried out for NBC radio. They were hired and remained for seven years, and were ultimately the highest paid radio act in the Windy City. This accompanied collection begins with two cuts from their 1943 Capitol Records sessions, 'Brazil' and 'Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia,' the latter with a whimsical spoken interlude on the trouble with men reminiscent of the Boswell Sisters. 'The Way You Look Tonight' is breathy and imploring, 'Love On A Greyhound Bus' relentlessly cheerful, transporting us to the post-war era. 'My Adobe Hacienda' and the previously-unreleased 'Santa Catalina' feature rollicking accordion. Twenty-five songs in all, including their most famous hit, 'Buttons and Bows.'
Songlist: Brazil, Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia, Where Or When, Once In A While, The Way You Look Tonight, Homesick-Thats All, Love Letters, Love On A Greyhound Bus, Wave To My Lady, Do You Love Me, San Antonio Rose, He Likes It! She Likes It!, If I Had My Life To Live Over , My Adobe Hacienda, Santa Catalina, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, Echo Said No, And Mimi, Fun And Fancy Free, Beg Your Pardon, Buttons And Bows, The Kissing Song, Very Good Advice, Oklahoma Hills, I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance
Review: When we think of 'sister' groups, the Boswells in the 30s, Andrews in the 40s and McGuires in the 50s are the best known, but of all the others the Dinnings were the next best-known and loved. Farmer and Mrs. John Dinning of Wichita, OK, raised 9 children, all but one of which went into a music career. Twins Jean and Ginger and older sister Lou began their career in 1935 performing with brother Ace's orchestra, and continued in one form or another up into the 1960s. Their biggest hit was 'Buttons and Bows' from the Bob Hope and Jane Russell movie 'Paleface.' Buddy Clark, Perry Como, Kate Smith, Ozzie Nelson, Tennessee Ernie Ford and many others appeared with or recorded with the girls. This is a 2-CD set, and prolific is not a strong enough word: 24 hits on the first disc and 28 on the second (all big band accompanied). It's fascinating to listen to the Sisters turn a chestnut like 'Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia' into their own love story, or apply their bright, cheery, sexy sound to might-have-been hits like 'Lolita Lopez' and 'Love On A Greyhound Bus.' On every level the Dinnings deliver sheer entertainment with the best of them, and the hits just keep on coming - highly recommended!
Songlist: DISC ONE, (He's Just A) Sentimental Gentleman From Georgia, Beg Your Pardon, Harlem Sandman, Buttons And Bows, Where Or When - Version One , Aunt Hagar's Childern Blues, I Love My Love, Please Don't Talk about Me When I'm Gone, Brazil, Lolita Lopez, Your A Character, Dear , Love On A Greyhound Bus, My Adobe Hacienda, San Antonio Rose, Oh Mohah, Do You Love Me?, Fun And Fancy Free, The Iggity Song, The Bride And The Groom Polka, Wave To Me My Lady, Years And Years Ago, Melancholy, The Way You Look Tonight, If I Had My Life To Live Over, DISC TWO, They Just Chopped Down The Old Apple Tree, A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow, Pig Foot Pete, Down In The Diving Bell, Better Not Roll Those Blue, Blue Eyes, Hawaiian War Chant, Clancy, Hold Everything ('Til I Get Back To You), Pretty Little Busybody, Three-Quarter Boogie, Molly Malone, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, Sometimes Im Happy, Once In A While, Drop Me A Line, I Don't Know Why, I Get The Blues When It Rain, Little Te-Long, Shine On The Harvest Moon, The Statue In The Park, I Get Along Without You Very Well, The Lilac Tree, There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, The Old Music Master, Winter Wonderland, We'll Meet Again, Where Or When, As Time Goes By