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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
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Track List: The Best Of Chordettes

1. True Love Goes On And On

2. Mr. Sandman

3. Lonely Lips

4. Humming Bird

5. Eddie My Love

6. Born To Be With You

7. Lay Down Your Arms

8. Teen Age Goodnight

9. Echo Of Love

10. Just Between You And Me

11. Soft Sands

12. Lollipop

13. Baby Come-A-Back-A

14. Zorro

15. No Other Arms, No Other Lips

16. A Girl's Work Is Never Done

17. No Wheels

18. Never On Sunday

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david_e_cohe n
The a capella at the end is perfect.
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It's just a frod don't try this somebody told me to do this and it didn't WORK ergghhhhhhhh h h h h
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Kiss you're hand ten times say you're crushes name aloud and look at you're hand
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.best song ever
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Halloween the Movie !!!
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Brian now you can be Lollipop !!!! I am a sucker for my Lollipop !!
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jakegettings
Tons of fun,,whish I'd been born 3 generations ago
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#AWESOME u guys awsome
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Those were the days
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Why they dnt make songs like this anymore
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meltembuyura n
BEST SONG EVER.
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I look at the cover of The Best Of and thought, my Barbie Doll had a dress like that! I'm old!
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I don't know, Linda Ronstadt did a pretty damn good version with Nelson Riddle on the What's New concert video. But i do agree, some of the songs of this style and era were a lot of fun and did require some great singing and harmonies, something sorely lacking from today's howling banshees.
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joseph.tedro s
Scott1074 that's pretty cool.
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Mr. Sandman - Chordettes off The Best of the Chordettes: every bit as good as the revamped 81 version by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris.
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Roy Orbison add him
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Jinny Osborn was my great aunt.
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My favorite song from the chordettes! <3 :D
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The Chordettes-- - - H a p p y , and nostalgic music. :-)
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knobbyknees4 2
McGuire sisters were very Good also loved JUST for old Time sake
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Such good music. Much better than lady Gaga crap
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seantomko
I like Lollipop but not love it
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snglsculr
I like the chordettes music also..
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AWSOME!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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lollipop, never on sunday, MR. SANDMAN
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Mr. Nobody. An unrecognized ignored masterpiece.
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My oldest girl who is now 28 shocks all of her friends by singing word for word all of the oldies from my era. She has won several keroke events with her back to the monitor
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pipermtupper
I love it!!❤️
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TAKES ME BACK TO BEING A KID.....PIMP S**T....L.A (213)....... .
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I LOVE this song Lollipop .
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Very big hit. Remember it well, sang along with the Chordettes.. g r e a t song.
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I love 20s to 50s music. So of the best songs were made during that time.
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'50s and early '60s music was so much more fun.
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pnotchr73
Never ever kiss me on a Sunday 'cause that's my day of rest.
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I LOVE THE 50'S MUSIC!!! I WANNA LIVE THEN!!!!����
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this song is awesome.. I wish I lived in this era. ' Mr. sandman bring us, please please please, Mr sandman bring us a dreeaammm' :)
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pnotchr73
Love this song.
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I LOVE 50's MUSIC SOOOO MUCH! (I also like 30's and 40's music)
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That Is a very very good song I love your song
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I loved the lolly pop song
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I love this song
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hardyar249
Love it!!
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Why do I love 50music
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I love this song
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I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH ��❤️��
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Great song
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So kool
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Mr. Sandman, I'm so alone. Don't have nobody to call my own. So turn on your magic beeam! Mr. Sandman briing me a dream!!!!!!! ! !
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Lollipop lollipop oh lolly lolly lolly lollipop!
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