Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans

Close-harmony singers the Boswell Sisters were one of the first national popular-music celebrities of the radio and recording age.

Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Boswell Sisters of New Orleans
March 19–October 26, 2014

533 Royal Street

In the 1920s and ’30s, a trio of sisters from New Orleans became the darlings of radio’s golden age. Martha, Connie, and Vet Boswell were classically trained musicians heavily influenced by the city’s vibrant jazz scene. Together they pioneered the cheerful, close-harmony style that became emblematic of 1940s girl groups. Join The Historic New Orleans Collection in rediscovering the Boswell Sisters, one of the city’s most celebrated musical exports.

Listen to curator Mark Cave and Kyla Titus, granddaughter of Vet Boswell, interviewed by World Footprints radio (originally aired Saturday, April 12, 2014).

Above: Young Boswell sisters performing at home; 1918; photoprint by C.L. Frank, photographer; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of the Boswell Museum of Music, 2011.0315.93

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