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1. Begin The Beguine 2:37
2. Believe It Beloved 2:16
3. I Know What It Means To Be Lonesome 2:52
4. Someone Stole My Darlin' 3:205. My Little Nest Of Heavenly Blue 3:06
6. Where There's Smoke There's Fire 3:07
7. It Made Me Happy When You Made Me Cry 2:36
8. Singin' The Blues 2:56
9. With One Red Rose 2:38
10. Main Street On Saturday Night 2:40
11. You Need Some Lovin' 2:24
12. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter 2:39
13. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues 2:19
14. The Heebie Jeebie Blues 2:15
15. The Right Kind Of Man 2:24
16. Sage Brush Sadie 2:20
17. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home 2:33
18. Call Me Darling 2:11
19. The Philadelphia Waltz 2:43
20. T-E-N-N-E-S-S-E-E 2:45
21. If I Give My Heart To You 2:52
22. How Important Can It Be? 2:49
23. Fill My Heart With Happiness 2:44
24. Our Lady Of The Highway 2:47
25. Don't Believe Everyone's Your Friend 2:51
26. Mind If I Tag Along 2:38
27. I Compare You 2:38
28. No Other One 2:45

Title: Singing The Blues With Connee Boswell
Artist: Connee Boswell
Catalogue No: SEPIA 1077
Barcode: 5055122110774
Release Date: 4 September 2006

Ella Fitzgerald once said that her biggest musical influence was Connee Boswell: "I tried to sing like her all the time because everything she did made sense musically".

The subject of Ella's admiration was born Connie Boswell in New Orleans on December 3, 1907. At the age of three she contracted polio which left her paralyzed from the waist down. Music was a prominent family feature with sisters Martha and Helvetia (Vet) capable instrumentalists as well as vocalists. For her part Connee played saxophone, cello, piano and guitar. In addition she write most of the musical arrangements and vocal routines when the sisters formed a trio. The Boswell Sisters soon became very popular on records, and appearing on radio and films. When her sisters decided to retire, Connee continued as a solo performer. Her career flourished though the thirties and forties - she had numerous hit records, guested on the nation's top radio shows and in 1944 starred in her own radio show.

By the early fifties she had changed her name to Connee from Connie because it was easier for her to sign autographs quickly without having to dot the "i" and her radio work was being superseded by TV engagements. She continued to make records many of which charted and are featured, along with others of the period, on this CD collection. Connee was at her best with a "jazzy" accompaniment and Singin' The Blues is a good example with its lazy instrumental interlude while the tempo is well "up" for It Made Me Happy When You Made Me Cry". An oldie I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter allows the listener a chance to hear Connee's wonderful Southern accent in a brief verbal moment at the beginning.

Many of the recordings here are appearing on CD for the first time and bear out Ella Fitzgerald's comments while listening to the stylish singing voice of Connee Boswell.

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