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The Boswell Sisters - Was that the human thing to do? (1932)

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The Boswell Sisters - Was That the Human Thing to Do? (1932)

Comp.Sammy Fain, Joe Young.
February 19, 1932 Dorsey Brothers Orchestra: Bunny Berigan, (tpt), Tommy Dorsey (tbn), Jimmy Dorsey (cl, as), Joe Venuti (vln), Arthur Schutt (p), Eddie Lang (g), Artie Bernstein (sb), Stan King (d), Glenn Miller (arr)


Lyrics,

To err is human,
I heard you say
"Forgiveness is divine."

But all the sweet things
That you may say
Can't mend this heart of mine

Never thought that anyone
In their right mind
Could ever treat
Another human so unkind
Didn't you sneak away
And leave a note behind
Was that the human thing to do

Always thought that yours was such
A heart of gold
But after I was sold
On all the tales you told
Didn't you let your kisses turn
From hot to cold
Was that the human thing to do

I'm not tryin to patch things up
What's been done must be
Lord, I wouldn't even
Treat a pup
The way you treated me

How could anybody be so darn unfair
You let me hang around
Until I learned to care
Didn't you even laugh
And leave me cryin' there
Was that the human thing to do

Never thought that anyone
In their right mind
Could ever treat
Another human so unkind
Didn't you sneak away
And leave a note behind
Was that the human thing to do

Always thought that yours was
Such a heart of gold
But after I was sold
On all the tales that you told
Didn't you let your kisses turn
From hot to cold
Was that the human thing to do

Now I just wanna be understood

Won't you tell me
How could anybody
Be so darn unfair
You tell me hang around
Till I learned to care
Didn't you even laugh
And leave me cryin' there

Was that the human thing to do
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The Boswell Sisters / Connee Boswell Play

The Boswell Sisters were a close harmony singing group, consisting of sisters Martha Boswell (June 9, 1905 July 2, 1958), Connee Boswell (original name Connie) (December 3, 1907 October 11, 1976), and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell (May 20, 1911 November 12, 1988), noted for intricate harmonies and rhythmic experimentation. They attained national prominence in the USA in the 1930s.

Mildred Baily Play

Mildred Rinker Bailey (February 27, 1907 -- December 12, 1951) was a popular and influential American jazz singer during the 1930s, known as "The Queen of Swing", "The Rockin' Chair Lady" and "Mrs. Swing". Her number one hits were "Please Be Kind", "Darn That Dream", "Rockin' Chair" and "Says My Heart".

At the age of seventeen, Bailey moved to Seattle and worked as a sheet music demonstrator at Woolworth's. She married and divorced Ted Bailey, keeping his last name because she thought it sounded more American than Rinker.[3] With the help of her second husband, Benny Stafford, she became an established blues and jazz singer on the West Coast. According to Gary Giddins' book Bing Crosby -- A Pocketful of Dreams -- The Early Years 1903-1940, in 1925 she secured work for her brother, Al Rinker, and his partner Bing Crosby. Giddins further states that Crosby first heard of Louis Armstrong and other Chicago black jazz records from Bailey's own record collection. Crosby helped Bailey in turn by introducing her to Paul Whiteman. She sang with Paul Whiteman's band from 1929 to 1933 (Whiteman had a popular radio program and when Bailey debuted with her version of "Moaning Low" in 1929, public reaction was immediate, although she did not start recording with Whiteman until late 1931).

Her first two records were as uncredited vocalist for an Eddie Lang Orchestra session in 1929 ("What Kind O' Man Is You?", an obscure Hoagy Carmichael song that was only issued in the UK) and a 1930 recording of "I Like To Do Things For You" for Frankie Trumbauer. She was Whiteman's popular female vocalist through 1932 (recording in a smooth crooning style), when she left the band due to salary disagreements. She then recorded a series of records for Brunswick in 1933 (accompanied by The Dorsey Brothers), as well an all-star session with Benny Goodman's studio band in 1934 that featured Coleman Hawkins.

In the mid 1930s, she recorded with her third husband Red Norvo. A dynamic couple, they earned the nicknames "Mr. and Mrs. Swing". During this period (1936--1939) Norvo recorded for Brunswick (with Bailey as primary vocalist) and Bailey recorded her own set of recordings for Vocalion, often with Norvo's band. Some of her recordings instead featured members of Count Basie's band. Despite her divorce from Norvo, she and Red would continue to record together until 1945. Suffering from diabetes and depression (during her adult life Bailey was overweight), she only made a few recordings following World War II.

Mildred Bailey died December 12, 1951, in Poughkeepsie, New York, of heart failure, aged 44, chiefly due to her diabetes. Her ashes were scattered. Red Norvo outlived Bailey by nearly half a century, dying in April 1999, a week after his 91st birthday

Annette Hanshaw Play

Annette Hanshaw (October 18, 1901 March 13, 1985) was one of the first great female jazz singers. In the late 1920s she ranked alongside Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith and the Boswell Sisters.
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