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London Sessions 1934-1939

The Mills Brothers

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Album Review

The Mills Brothers were immensely popular in prewar England, so when the British branch of the group's U.S. label, Brunswick Records, went bankrupt and was purchased by London-based Decca Records in 1932, it was a no-brainer to bring the brothers to the U.K. for a series of concerts and recording sessions for their new label. This brief collection brings together some of the highlights of those sessions, including wonderful versions of a pair of Hoagy Carmichael songs, "Lazybones" and "Georgia on My Mind," and yet another rendition of Duke Ellington's "Caravan," which saw the brothers vocally simulate a jazz orchestra — horns and all — in their amazing, patented style. Light, breezy, and well recorded, these 14 tracks make a wonderful introduction to one of the greatest vocal groups in the history of pop and jazz.

Biography

Formed: 1924 in Piqua, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

An astonishing vocal group that grew into one of the longest-lasting oldies acts in American popular music, the Mills Brothers quickly moved from novelty wonders to pop successes and continued amazing audiences for decades. Originally billed as "Four Boys and a Guitar," the group's early records came complete with a note assuring listeners that the only musical instrument they were hearing was a guitar. The caution was understandable, since the Mills Brothers were so proficient at re-creating trumpets,...
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