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The Chordettes

The Chordettes were one of the longest-lived vocal groups with roots in the mainstream pop and vocal harmonies of the 1940s and early '50s. Although the four women's arrangements owed more to the Andrews Sisters than doo wop, they did, unlike many of their peers, prove fairly adaptable to the rock era. First establishing themselves with the huge (and non-rock) pop hit "Mr. Sandman" in 1954, they continued to chart in the last half of the '50s and the early '60s, often with covers of rock and R&B songs. The 1958 number two hit "Lollipop" was the biggest of these. Although the group's sound (at least in retrospect) fell among the Whitest and squarest of rock artists, they introduced enough rock into their repertoire and production to sound more contemporary than they had on songs such as "Mr. Sandman."

Jinny Osborn was exposed to harmony singing via her father, who was president of "The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America Inc." She formed the quartet with three college friends, and they became regulars on Arthur Godfrey's television show for four years in 1949, singing a cappella in the barbershop style, and recording for Columbia. Godfrey's musical director, Archie Bleyer, married the Chordettes' bass singer, Janet Ertel, around the same time he began his record label, Cadence. On Cadence, the group began to record with musical backing, though the barbershop elements are still well to the fore on "Mr. Sandman." Originally a B-side for Vaughn Monroe, the bouncy, somewhat novelty-oriented tune (complete with a deep-voiced "Yes?" from a voice representing "Mr. Sandman" at one point) made number one for seven weeks.

The Chordettes were among the White pop acts that covered rock and R&B songs in the mid-'50s for the pop market, as early rock & roll began its successful threat to take over the mainstream audience. In so doing, they managed to split sales with the Teen Queens on the early doo wop classic "Eddie My Love," which made the Top 20 in versions by both groups. They also covered a song by Ronald & Ruby, "Lollipop," in their characteristic full-round-like arrangement, complete with popping sounds. This was their best rock, or at least rock-ish, tune, though they had continued to record straight pop songs, too, and had substantial hits with singles like "Born to Be with You" and "Just Between You and Me."

In the late '50s and early '60s, the Chordettes continued to alternate between pop songs and ones with an eye on the rock market, including covers of the Coasters' "Charlie Brown," Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy," and Dodie Stevens' "Pink Shoelaces." They even did some recordings with King Curtis on sax. After "Lollipop" there were a few more hits: "Zorro," "No Other Arms, No Other Lips," and "Never on Sunday." They disbanded shortly after "Never on Sunday" made the Top 20 in 1961, however, when Jinny Osborn left and the group couldn't find a replacement with whom they were happy. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Reminds me of the movie halloween
patpiedmont
All time favorite !
I like lollipops:)
cer_120798
I hate your song 1980
"Back to the future" and "Halloween".
I'm only 12 and I love this song:)
Like the 60s 70s 80s hits
love sand man so sweet
what a great song from 1958!
Love them really love them
Reminds me of fallout the game
Lol I can tell my dog likes this music.
Hi
my fav song of threes is Mr.Sandman
I love the classiness of these groups of singers of the 40's and 50's. It's wonderful, completely unique to today's lesser music.
littlefoxey1 0
Now everytime I hear this song, I think of Jeepers Creepers uuuugh!
Arthur Godfrey was instrumental in giving them a big push on the radio.
From Sheboygan, Wisconsin!
1009806421
How did this song get in here xD my mentor let me listen to it a bunch of times but i never thought it would creep up on me '-'
@bdennis 76..agree!
bdennis76
I've had quite enough of the white and square labeling in these biographies. Enough with the racism. Beauty is beauty, and leave it at that.
!
Richie's comments sound kind of condescendin g . . . . .
Once I sang Mr.Sandman (while playing piano) at an independent living home and they were really impressed. I love playing for old people.
Mmm.... APPLE PIE
clonewars14
Weldco its ok we know u like lollipop
Great song
weldco
My Grandfather was into barber shop quartets and he really liked this song and group. Hearing it brings back pleasant memories.
Thank you.
i always sing this in school with my friends....l o l l i p o p lollipop oh lolli lolli lolli lollipop.... and repeat :) thats all we know
This sure brings back very good childhood memories
read the book Save The Last Dance For Satan by Nick Tosches about the history of early rock radio and payola-it covers bands such as The Chordettes and explains on how many artists/musi c i a n s got shafted by a corrupt system, great informative quick read that will stick with you
God I wish I were back there. you hold my IPOD and PC for me, giddyup!
Two thumbs up!
goodtoseeya2 0 0 6
The Chordettes were from Sheboygan, WI.
525433228
LOVE THIS. Another goodnight, sweet dreams, sleep with the angels song. I love those kinds of songs. Except for the one by Eurythmics. Cool.
kathbuchanan
best version of sandman
I feel like cutting the rug when I hear this!
kool
Such a nice group,w/luvl y voices.
breannaullma n n
i love this music
great jitterbug music that will live forever.
emanon63026
From Sheboygan, Wisconsin!
peter.phx5
Awesome, love this music...
always fun
Pandora is so weird, Chordettes on my Beach Boys station.
Mister Sandman... bring me a dream...
Lolloipop, lolllipop, oli lolli lollipop!
budwards01
I really liked some of the songs that the Chordettes sang but the song that I remember (because my girl friend at the time loved it) "Born to be with you".

Bud
hey her i am i just had 2 log into my site
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