The Boswell Sisters

Cocktail Hour

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

In the early 1930s, the Boswell Sisters were one of the most popular musical acts in the United States. Comprised of siblings Connee, Vet, and Martha, the New Orleans-raised trio blended swinging jazz and breezy pop, winning over a legion of fans with hits such as "When I Take My Sugar to Tea," which is marked by Connee's resonant lead vocals, and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself a Letter)," a lively track that showcases the sisters' impressive harmony singing. Other highlights of this excellent two-disc, 28-track set include the gospel-tinged "Shout, Sister, Shout!" the gentle "Shine On, Harvest Moon," and the bluesy "There'll Be Some Changes Made." Frequent collaborators of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey and major influences on Ella Fitzgerald and, most obviously, the Andrews Sisters, the Boswell Sisters, who disbanded in 1936, remain surprisingly underrated, but, with its top-notch selection of tunes, this collection does an admirable job of representing their considerable legacy.

blue highlight denotes track pick