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Constance Foore "Connee" Boswell (December 3, 1907 – October 11, 1976) was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With sisters Martha and Helvetia "Vet", she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters. They became a highly influential singing group during this period via recordings and radio.
Connee herself is widely considered one of the greatest jazz female vocalists and was a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald who said, "My mother brought home one of her records, and I fell in love with it....I tried so hard to sound just like her." In 1936, Connee's sisters retired and Connee continued on as a solo artist (having also recorded solos during her years with the group). In addition to being a co-star on NBC Radio's Kraft Music Hall in 1940-41, Boswell subsequently starred in her own radio show on the NBC Blue Network (later ABC Radio) The Connee Boswell Show, (1944). In 1946 she was featured on CBS Radio Tonight On Broadway (1946).
Her other guest appearances on radio included The Salute To Irving Berlin/Alexander's Ragtime Band (the feature film), CBS, August 5, 1938; America Calling (appeal for Greek War Relief) February 8, 1941; March of Dimes Special January 11, 1940, CBC Fourth Annual Victory Loan May 21, 1943, and Philco Radio Time ABC, June 4, 1947.
Boswell also sang in a number of Hollywood films, including It's All Yours (1937), Artists and Models (1937), Syncopation (1942) and Swing Parade of 1946, as well as with the Boswell Sisters in 1932's The Big Broadcast and 1934's Moulin Rouge.
Boswell was interviewed via phone by Bill Fisher on WOWO (Fort Wayne, Indiana). The acetate disk's label contained no date. But since her then new Decca single of "Begin The Beguine" was promoted in it, the date should be presumed to be 1952. All through her career with The Boswell Sisters, and into the early 1940s, her name was spelled "Connie". She later changed the spelling to Connee. Stories vary as to why she made the change (because it made it easier to sign autographs, or that she felt it was unique and would bring good luck)
The Connee Boswell Show 44-04-05 (13) The Circus
The Connee Boswell Show 44-04-12 Harry Gibson Is Guest
The Connee Boswell Show 44-04-26 (16) Paul Whiteman At the Roxie
The Connee Boswell Show 44-06-14 (23) Library Finds
The Connee Boswell Show 44-06-21 (24) Coney Island
The Connee Boswell Show 44-07-05 (26) Fourth of July Picnic
The Connee Boswell Show 44-07-12 (27) Playing Post Office
The Connee Boswell Show 46-05-06 (01) Tribute to Annie Get Your Gun
The Connee Boswell Show 46-05-13 (02) Showboat
The Connee Boswell Show 46-10-14 (23) First Song - Five Minutes More
The Connee Boswell Show 46-10-21 (24) First Song - Buttermilk Sky
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