Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 4/26/03 - 5/2/03)


SPOTLIGHT ON BABS AND HER BROTHERS/THE SMOOTHIES... PART TWO!

"A Little Bit Independent"
by Babs And Her Brothers
on Decca 634 A
released in 1936
"Double Trouble"
by Babs And Her Brothers
on Decca 518 B
released in 1935
"Let's Swing It"
by Babs And Her Brothers
on Decca 505 A
released in 1935

Sheet Music-Playmates-Smoothies Close-up Of One Brother Close-up Of Babs Close-up Of Other Brother

Above: Cover of sheet music for "Playmates" featured by Hal Kemp And The Smoothies (originally known as Babs And Her Brothers). Hal Kemp was an orchestra leader. This song was a hit in 1940. The trio at this time was Arlene "Babs" Johnson, Charlie Ryan and Little Ryan. This line-up performed on the radio show "Time To Shine" with Hal Kemp. The first Smoothies, with "Babs" Ryan, had performed on radio with Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians Orchestra in the mid-1930's.

NOTE: There were several different "Babs" over time. On Decca, she was Blanche Redwine (billed as "Babs Ryan"). Almost all of the Bluebird releases, including "Playmates," had Arlene Johnson. A final Bluebird session in 1940 had Rosalind Stuart. There were probably other later "Babs" as the group continued until at least 1947 (ref. Apollo 1015).



Decca Label-A Little Bit Independent-1936 Decca Label-Double Trouble-1935
Above: Label images for (Left) Decca 634 A and (Right) Decca 518 B.

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"A Little Bit Independent" - Babs And Her Brothers - Decca 634 A - 1936
"Double Trouble" - Babs And Her Brothers - Decca 518 B - 1935
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"A Little Bit Independent" - Babs And Her Brothers - Decca 634 A - 1936 (file size=433KB)
"Double Trouble" - Babs And Her Brothers - Decca 518 B - 1935 (file size=449KB)



Photo Of Babs And Her Brothers Decca Label-Let's Swing It-1935
[Above left photo is from CD "Babs And Her Brothers - Recordings From Old Gold And Ford Radio Broadcasts (1933-1935)" available at "Fred Waring's America".]

Above: (Left) Photo of Babs And Her Brothers. (Right) Label Image of Decca 505 A.

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"ALL THREE OF THIS WEEK'S SONGS" streamed in sequence
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