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Album Review

Although this extremely brief collection — ten songs, none of which come even close to being three minutes in length — seems to be over almost before one knows it, it still manages to capture the essential outlines of the Chordettes' two-decade career. The big hits are all here, including 1954's "Mr. Sandman," 1958's "Lollipop," and 1961's gorgeous "Never on Sunday," along with the novelty hit "Zorro." For most listeners, this short set will be all they'll ever need. As always, though, there's a lot more to the story, and listeners curious for more should check out Varese's much more expansive 25 All-Time Greatest Recordings.

Biography

Formed: 1946 in Sheboygan, WI

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

The Chordettes were one of the longest-lived vocal groups with roots in the mainstream pop and vocal harmonies of the 1940s and early '50s. Although the four women's arrangements owed more to the Andrews Sisters than doo wop, they did, unlike many of their peers, prove fairly adaptable to the rock era. First establishing themselves with the huge (and non-rock) pop hit "Mr. Sandman" in 1954, they continued to chart in the last half of the '50s and the early '60s, often with covers of rock and R&B...
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