Slide: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Andrews Sisters were the most popular female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century. Such was Patty, Maxene and LaVerne's popularity that after the war they discovered some of their records had actually been smuggled into Germany after the labels had been changed to read "Hitler's Marching Songs". Swing Time is Maree Cole, Sherry-Anne Hayes and Katie McKee whose harmonies are faultless and transport you back to the 1940's when music was a welcome respite from the harsh reality of WWII.
Presented as a radio broadcast, Swing Time presents all The Andrews Sisters greatest hits, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rum and Coca Cola, Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree and I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time, among others, with humour and insight. Between songs the girls present anecdotes of the sisters lives and read fan letters. A particularly touching story was of a concert they were asked to perform for the amputee unit at a hospital during WWII. Adding to the authenticity of the performance was the radio commercials for Campbells Soup and Wrigleys Gum, this also added a nice burst of humour.
A special note must be made to the band who emerged decked out in army garb and didn't miss a beat. The trumpet player made me start to think that was the element missing from modern music. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face or stop my feet from tapping the entire time. Swing Time is sensational, inspiring, nostalgic, moving and the most entertaining way to spend a Wednesday night. I sincerely hope to see more of these talent women in the future.