#860 (3/26/16 - 4/8/16) [Upgraded on 12/30/17]

"The Lady's In Love With You"/"F.D.R. Jones"
by The Dandridge Sisters
on Parlophone F 1518 [England]
released in 1939

"If I Were Sure Of You"/"Undecided"
by The Dandridge Sisters
on Parlophone F 1541 [England]
released in 1939

[Parlophone F 1518 added on 12/30/17]

Above: The Dandridge Sisters, (L-R) Etta Jones, Dorothy Dandridge and Vivian Dandridge, are huddled around the microphone with Jimmie Lunceford. They sing on three sides with Jimmie's orchestra, released on two Columbia records in 1940: "I Ain't Gonna Study War No More," "Red Wagon," and "You Ain't Nowhere."


Above: PITTSBURGH COURIER, March 4, 1939: The three charming Dandridge Sisters, who have been set for a ten-week tour of European cities after completing their current successful turn at the Cotton Club on Broadway. Coming from the Coast after appearing with Louie Armstrong in "Going Places," the girls, Etta, Vivian and Dorothy, have done things to Broadway.


Above: PITTSBURGH COURIER, October 12, 1940: "Marriage To The Last Man" is the new theme song for the Jimmie Lunceford band, currently appearing on Broadway. It all came about with the elopement last week of Gerald Wilson and young and beautiful Vivian Dandridge, of the famous singing trio, the Dandridge Sisters, shown above. The present Mrs. Wilson is considered one of the most talented youngsters in the profession.
(NOTE: Gerald Wilson was a trumpet player in Jimmie Lunceford's band and a member of the singing Jimmie Lunceford Quartet.)

The singing trio is noted for its charm and has played at the Cotton Club on Broadway, the Strand Theatre, and had an important part in "Going Places," which starred Dick Powell, along with Louis Armstrong and Maxine Sullivan.

Above Left: PITTSBURGH COURIER, August 15, 1942:
THE COUNT SCORES AGAIN—Count Basie and company who broke all existing box office records for opening day and the week at the Orpheum theater in Los Angeles recently, poses backstage with the beautious Dorothy Dandridge, movie actress, who was one of the hits of the show, and Hazel Scott, New York pianist and toast of the Cafe Society....

Above Right: PITTSBURGH COURIER, April 27, 1940: Now touring with Jimmie Lunceford's band, the oh, so lovely Dandridge Sisters—Vivian, Dorothy and Etta—have just completed a very successful run at the Golden Gate theater in San Francisco, California. These talented young lassies have appeared in the following movies: "Easy To Take," "Snow Gets In Your Eyes," "Going Places," "It Can't Last Forever," "International Revelries," and "Irene." Having toured Europe and entertained in Hawaii, worked with Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers in New York's famed Cotton Club, these girls are really going places.

EXTRA AUDIO (Windows Media Player) AND VIDEO (MP4):

The above movie stills are from the 1938 short film "Snow Gets In Your Eyes." (L-R) Etta Jones, Dorothy Dandridge and Vivian Dandridge. The Dandridge Sisters, along with The Cats And The Fiddle, sing "Harlem Yodel." This song was composed by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest, written specifically for this film.

The above movie stills are from the 1938 feature film "Going Places." (L-R) Etta Jones, Vivian Dandridge and Dorothy Dandridge. The Dandridge Sisters, along with Louis Armstrong, Maxine Sullivan, Dick Powell, Anita Louise, and others, sing "Mutiny In The Nursery." Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer composed the music and lyrics, respectively, for this song.

Per the IMDB website, The Dandridge Sisters' first appearance in a movie is "The Big Broadcast of 1936" (1935), followed by "Easy To Take" (1936). The Dandridge Sisters also appeared in feature films singing "Lazy Rhythm" in "It Can't Last Forever" (1937) and "Alice Blue Gown" in "Irene" (1940). They may also have performed in the 1940 movie "International Revelries."

Listen to "Harlem Yodel" - The Dandridge Sisters And Cats And The Fiddle - Snow Gets In Your Eyes - 1938.

Listen to "Mutiny In The Nursery" - Louis Armstrong, Maxine Sullivan, Dandridge Sisters, Etc - Going Places - 1938.

Watch the VIDEO of this wonderful production number, "Mutiny In The Nursery," from "Going Places" in MP4 format. See if you can spot members of the Cats And The Fiddle in the orchestra.
(NOTE: Best viewing is a mid-size picture, not full-screen.)

(The Guardian, London, England, dated 7/15/39)
PITTSBURGH COURIER, March 4, 1939 Dandridge Sisters Set For Ten Weeks' Tour Of Europe
NEW YORK CITY—The Dandridge Sisters, Etta, Vivian and Dorothy, have been set for a 10-weeks' theatre and night club tour of the capital cities of Europe by their personal manager, Joe Glaser, who discovered them on the coast while visiting Louis Armstrong during the recent shooting of "Going Places"....Working in a small California nitery, the sisters impressed Glaser with their singing and dancing talent, so much so that he secured for them a featured part in the film....

After that success they were imported to New York to take part in the present Cotton Club revue with Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Bros. In this city they captured success with beauty, talent and personality, but made their biggest Broadway impression when they shared the stage at the Strand Theatre several weeks ago with Bill Robinson and Louis Armstrong. During that engagement their all around ability was given a greater lattitude.

Sailing date for the three Dandridges has not been set at this writing but is awaiting the closing of the present Cotton Club revue....Their first opening on the other side is set for several weeks at the Palladium Theatre in London to be followed with several weeks in other theatres and nite clubs in England and France....This is the trio's first trip abroad.

PITTSBURGH COURIER, September 9, 1939 Race Performers Set To Return To America From War Infested Europe
NEW YORK—The war scare which has been a part of the civilized world's everyday thought for many months now, was brought home in stark reality Sunday when Great Britain and France declared war on Germany for her recent atrocities in Poland....Among the great number of Americans abroad are several colored performers who have just recently been imported or have been over there quite some time. With war at hand the jobs they are now filling have become useless. Among the score or so in England, France and other parts of the continent are....The Dandridge Sisters....

PITTSBURGH COURIER, October 7, 1939 American Performers Tell Stories Of Others' Plights
NEW YORK—A vivid picture of the plight Americans are faced with in war-torn Europe was word-painted for The Pittsburgh Courier by five well-known artists returning here this week and next. The Dandridge Sisters, who are this week headlining a bill at the Apollo Theatre, returned a week ago after touring the theatrical circles of Europe since late March.

Arriving abroad at a time when war was just a thought in the minds of the ruling classes of England, France and Germany, the three girls are as war conscious as any of those nations. According to them England and France, the countries they visited during their tour, always gave one the feeling of looking at a lighted bomb wondering when it would go off. Every day one was made to expect the worst due to constant air drills against air raids and gas attacks....


Above: PITTSBURGH COURIER, August 9, 1941: Playing a role in Paramount's new picture "Bahama Passage" in the day and dancing at the Mayan theatre at night in the stage hit "Jump For Joy," Dorothy Dandridge, one of the famous Dandridge Sisters, may get additional assignments from Paramount Studios. Prior to this movie, Miss Dandridge, who is not yet 20 years of age, has appeared in fourteen pictures [IMDB.com shows twelve]. She is featured at the Mayan theatre with Duke Ellington, Herb Jeffrey and Ivy Anderson. [IMDB.com credits Dorothy with 23 movie performances after "Bahama Passage" ....the last in 1962, for a total of 36. Her untimely death was in 1965.]

Above: Label image of Parlophone F 1518 recorded in July 1939 and released later in the same year. "The Lady's In Love With You" is from the 1939 Bob Hope/Shirley Ross movie "Some Like It Hot." Glenn Miller had a hit with it in 1939. The flip, "F.D.R. Jones" from the stage musical "Sing Out The News," was a hit in 1939 for Ella Fitzgerald [Chick Webb Orchestra], who was first to record the song (1938). The Dandridge Sisters recorded these sides for Parlophone while in Europe.

The Dandridge Sisters, on their Parlophone sides, sound quite similar to the Peters Sisters, who recorded for the Philips Label (England) and the Decca Label (France).

EXTRA AUDIO (Windows Media Player): THIS SECTION ADDED ON 12/30/17:
[Label image, audio file and audio restoration courtesy of Dave Saviet.]

Above Left: Label for Decca 2105 A recorded on October 6, 1938 and released later that year.

Above Right: Photo of Ella Fitzgerald singing with Chick Webb And His Orchestra.

Listen to "F.D.R. Jones" - Ella Fitzgerald And Chick Webb Orchestra - Decca 2105 A - 1938.

Above: Label image of Parlophone F 1541 recorded in July 1939 and released later in the same year. The Dandridge Sisters had one other record on Parlophone (F 1518), also released in 1939, "FDR Jones" and "The Lady's In Love With You." [See above.] The matrix numbers on the four Parlophone sides are sequential (E 9946-E 9949), so these may be the only songs The Dandridge Sisters recorded for the label. They also performed on two Columbia releases (1940), which can be found in the archived previous Records of the Week at this website.

"If I Were Sure Of You" was part of the score written by Rube Bloom and Ted Koehler for the stage show "Cotton Club Parade (World's Fair Edition)," which opened in New York City on March 24, 1939. The flip "Undecided," published in 1938, was composed by Sid Robin and Charlie Shavers, who was a trumpet player, arranger and sometimes vocalist with the John Kirby Orchestra at the time.

Other artists of early vocal group interest to have releases on Parlophone include The Three Keys and Charlie Fuqua's Ink Spots. Unlike The Dandridge Sisters, these sides were not recorded for Parlophone, but rather reissues from American labels.

Listen to this week's selections featuring The Dandridge Sisters on Parlophone F 1518 and F 1541 from 1939: [Parlophone F 1518 sides added on 12/30/17]
[Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

     A. Stream RealAudio...
          1. The Lady's In Love With You
          2. F.D.R. Jones
          3. If I Were Sure Of You
          4. Undecided
          ALL FOUR played in sequence

     B. Download RealAudio...
          1. The Lady's In Love With You
          2. F.D.R. Jones
          3. If I Were Sure Of You
          4. Undecided

     C. Stream/Download Media Player...
          1. The Lady's In Love With You
          2. F.D.R. Jones
          3. If I Were Sure Of You
          4. Undecided
          ALL FOUR played in sequence
          (The "m3u" file may need to be opened after it is downloaded)

      [To download audio files, right-click on link and then select "Save (Link) Target As..."]