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Bebop Spoken There

Clare Teal: "If you're brought up in a working-class family, you haven't got money for records so everything you get hold of, you treasure, learn to love, and I loved those Ella tapes." - (Radio Times 23-29 January 2021)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

Wednesday January 27

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KYRIAKI PANTELIDOU & RAY CARLESS

Postage

12,399 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 12 years ago. 118 of them this year alone and, so far, 118 this month (Jan. 25).

Friday, December 18, 2009

King is Dead - Long Live the King (Sisters)

Yvonne King Burch died Dec. 13 age 89. One of the King Sisters vocal group - some would say that, after the Boswell Sisters, they were the very best of the sister groups that flourished in the 40's and 50's - Yvonne died after a fall.
The Kings' harmony tended to be more modern than other groups such as the Andrews Sisters and they were the acknowledged inspiration for Manhattan Transfer who later used many of the King girls' arrangements. Many of their discs were done with guitarist Alvino Rey's Orchestra. Rey was married to one of the sisters. This 1941 clip of "Java Jive" shows the girls at their peak.
However the whole family were very talented - watch this 1969 YouTube Blues Medley .
RIP.
Lance.

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