The Chordettes, and in particular their immense 1954 USA number One hit Mr Sandman epitomise idealised pre-rock & roll fifties America.
Internationally they are one of the best known all girl acappella barbershop groups, enjoying a dozen hits through the 50s that made the genre their own. Four of those hits, from the first half of the decade, are included on this delightful compilation; Mr Sandman, Lonely Lips, Hummingbird and The Wedding complimented by material from their 1955 10" "Close Harmony" that has never been released anywhere in digital format.
The Chordettes combine enormous charm with technical excellence. Inevitably, they are popular in Japan and are appreciated across many generations of audience in the UK & America.
Today, the recordings of the group evoke memories and impressions of the 50s, or at least the 50s as we've come to idealise them. Individually and collectively, their technical excellence remains breathtaking and The Chordettes unique charm has not diminished