The Andrews Sisters

At the Microphone

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Simply the most successful American female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century, charting well over a hundred singles in the charts between 1938 and 1951, the Andrews Sisters specialized in turning novelty songs into bright bursts of pure pop with plenty of swing and energy, generally avoiding generic romantic ballads, and the trio's overall optimistic tone has made their recordings enduring and endearing musical treasures. This stitched-together set, which includes songs drawn from films like The Harvey Girls, Paleface, and Pennies from Heaven, as well as recordings with Bob Crosby and Curt Massey, shows the Andrews Sisters' cheerful and fun formula in action, although it's probably not the place for casual listeners to start.

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