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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records UK
  • ASIN: B000007XZE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lollipop
2. Born To Be With You
3. Eddie My Love
4. The Wedding
5. Mister Sandman
6. Teenage Goodnight
7. Just Between You And Me
8. Soft Sands
9. Zorro
10. No Other Arms, No Other Lips
11. Lay Down Your Arms
12. Never On Sunday

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The Chordettes were one of the most successful female groups of the vintage era. After their selection, in 1949, for the Arthur Godfrey talent program, they recorded a series of albums, first for Columbia, and then for Cadence. "The Fabulous Chordettes" is a selection from this later period ('54-'61), and includes their first big hit, "Mr. Sandman,", "Lollipops," "Just Between You And Me," and nine others (accompanied, but reticently). Their vocal style and arrangements, though not strictly vertical, were definitely influenced by barbershop theory. Many of the cuts are mono - the digital master was transferred from the original analog recordings.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Chordettes originally came together in 1946 but by the time they began their run of hits in 1954, two of the original four members had been replaced. When they recorded Mr Sandman (their debut hit), the line-up was Lynn Evans, Margie Needham, Janet Ertel and Carol Buschman.

The Chordettes spent seven weeks at the top of the American charts in 1954 but just failed to make the British top ten although three cover versions all did so, with Dickie Valentine doing best of them.

The Chordettes had three other American top ten hits. The first (Born to be with you) faced no competition from covers in the UK at the time and made the UK top ten. Dave Edmunds covered it in the seventies and had a UK top five hit with it. The second (Just between you and me) didn't chart in Britain for anybody. The third (Lollipop) gave the Chordettes their second and last UK top ten hit despite competition from the Mudlarks, whose version made number two in the UK.

Among their American hits that didn't make the top ten, the most surprising is Lay down your arms. In those days, Americans rarely covered British songs (the reverse was very common, of course) but this was an exception - it had provided Anne Shelton with her only number one hit. Other hits included A girl's work is never done (not included here), Eddie my love and Never on Sunday.

This somewhat short compilation contains all the famous tracks and provides a good overview of their music. A more comprehensive collection (Mainly rock'n'roll) is available, which includes all the tracks here and many more including A girl's work is never done.
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The Chordettes were from Wisconsin and were first spotted on the old "Talent Scouts" program hosted by the ubiquitous Arthur Godfrey. Soon, they released "Mr. Sandman" in the fall of 1954; the song was #1 for several weeks and carried well into the spring of 1955. For the next six years, the Chordettes had hit after hit, all delivered in their inimitable harmony. Most of these hits are on this CD. "Born To Be With You" is an almost hymn-like ode to real love while the marching-style "Lay Down Your Arms" combines clever lyrics with an upbeat tempo complete with trumpets and piccolos. Their 1958 "Lollipop" is familiar to young people today and is considered a classic of the early rock and roll era. This is a terrific buy; I have ordered several copies to give to friends.
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