Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Heebie Jeebies

I'm alternately delighted and disturbed by this clip from 1932. There's no denying the appeal. It's a beguiling performance showcasing breathtaking family harmonies. Conversely, the exploitive undercurrent can't be ignored.

Is this a well-intentioned tribute to Louis Armstrong, or a cynical commercial ploy? It's probably a little bit of both.

Two of the three Boswell Sisters were born in Kansas City.

(I had planned to feature a video of Rachael Price, who performs tonight at the Folly, but remarkably, nothing adequate is available.)

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