Friday, June 12, 2009

Spanning Generations


That’s the selection I've picked for you today. It just might spark a memory for a few of you dear readers. Perhaps some of you younger readers may find it familiar also. This recording was played in the 1986 film, Stand By Me, as our four adventurers walked along the railroad track. So click number two on the Jukebox (on the right sidebar) and take a trip down memory lane, all the way back to 1958 (or 1986) depending on your generation.

While you're listening to this classic, here’s a little inside info about the group. The original members included Janet Ertal, Carol Buschmann (Janet’s sister-in-law), Dorothy Schwartz, and Jinny Osborn. But those aren’t the girls you hear singing the song in today’s video. Dorothy Schwartz was replaced by Lynn Evans in 1952. And in 1953, Margie Needham replaced Jinny Osborn, who was having a baby, although Jinny later returned to the group.
Starting out performing locally in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, they appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s radio program, Talent Scouts, and won. That was in 1949. They became the featured act on his daily program and later signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.

Their contract with Columbia was purchased in 1953 by Archie Bleyer, founder of Cadence Records. They had several hits with Cadence, their biggest coming in 1954 with Mr. Sandman. Janet Ertel married Archie Bleyer in 1954, and her daughter, Jackie, married Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. (I need to get those boys on here sometime soon, too.)

On August, 1957, the Chordettes appeared on American Bandstand. It was the first episode aired on the ABC Network. The group broke up in 1961 when Jinny Osborn left and they were unable to find a suitable replacement.

In 2001, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

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