Connie Boswell

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).

Birth and Death Data: Born December 3, 1907 (New Orleans), Died October 11, 1976 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, composer

Notes: Name also appears as Connee Boswell and Constance F. Boswell.

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 234 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-32113 10-in. 3/22/1925 You can call me baby all the time Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
Victor B-32114 10-in. 3/22/1925 I'm gonna cry Connie Boswell Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor B-32123 10-in. 3/25/1925 Dad Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
Victor B-32124 10-in. 3/25/1925 Nights when I am lonely Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist, composer  
Victor B-32132 10-in. 3/22/1925 Pal o' mine Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W404407 10-in. 10/3/1930 My future just passed The Three Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W404408 10-in. 10/3/1930 Heebie jeebies The Three Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W404409 10-in. 10/3/1930 I'm yours The Three Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W404410 10-in. 10/3/1930 Gee, but I'd like to make you happy The Three Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
OKeh W404414 10-in. 10/31/1930 Don’t tell her what's happened to me The Three Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick E36491 10-in. 3/19/1931 Wha’d ja do to me? Boswell Sisters ; The Dorsey Brothers Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E36492 10-in. 3/19/1931 When I take my sugar to tea Boswell Sisters ; The Dorsey Brothers Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E36654 10-in. 4/23/1931 Roll on, Mississippi, roll on Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E36655 10-in. 4/23/1931 Shout, Sister, shout Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E36837 10-in. 7/24/1931 I’m all dressed up with a broken heart Connie Boswell Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E36911 10-in. 7/8/1931 It’s the girl! Boswell Sisters ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E36912 10-in. 7/8/1931 It’s you Boswell Sisters ; Dorsey Brothers Orchestra Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E36938 10-in. 7/24/1931 What is it? Connie Boswell Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E37112 10-in. 8/27/1931 Shine on, harvest moon Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E37113 10-in. 8/27/1931 Heebie jeebies Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E37333 10-in. 10/28/1931 Time on my hands (You in my arms) Connie Boswell Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E37334 10-in. 10/28/1931 Concentratin’ Connie Boswell Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
Brunswick E37354 10-in. 11/5/1931 River, stay ’way from my door Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E37355 10-in. 11/5/1931 An ev’ning in Caroline Boswell Sisters Female vocal trio, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Brunswick E37366 10-in. 11/20/1931 You try somebody else Connie Boswell Female vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist  
(Results 1-25 of 234 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Boswell, Connie," accessed May 24, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105690.

Boswell, Connie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 24, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105690.

"Boswell, Connie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 24 May 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/105690

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