Previous Vocal Group Record of the Week
(Week of 1/21/06 - 1/27/06)


"Breezin' Along With The Breeze"/"Chew-Chew-Chew"
by The Smoothies
on Bluebird B-10295
released in 1939


[Above photo provided by Del Sandberg.]

Above: Photo of The Smoothies (L-R) Little Ryan, Arlene "Babs" Johnson, and Charlie Ryan. They were also known as Babs And Her Brothers.


[Above photo provided by Del Sandberg.]
PHOTO CAPTION: ONE "WATCH THE BIRDIE" DOES DOUBLE-DUTY FOR SMOOTHIES
The Smoothies, who make every minute count, posed for two pictures at once. While the CBS photographer was setting up his camera and getting ready to ask them to "watch the birdie," Little Ryan shot some motion pictures of his singing partners, Charlie Ryan and Babs. The singing trio have been signed to join Hal Kemp's band on the new "Time to Shine" series, on Columbia network, beginning Tuesday, May 2 [1939]. - (WABC-CBS, 10:00 to 10:30 PM, EDST).


[Above photo provided by Del Sandberg.]
Above: Thank you to Arlene Johnson's son, Del Sandberg, for providing the photos of The Smoothies shown on this page.


Above: Label image for Bluebird B-10295-B. The Smoothies, who were with Hal Kemp And His Orchestra at the time, had many releases on Bluebird/RCA Victor (1939-40). Previously, as "Babs And Her Brothers", they had four releases on Decca (1935-36) and were affiliated with Fred Waring's Orchestra.

The flip side, "Chew-Chew-Chew" shows "Ram" as one of the composers. This was probably the ubiquitous Buck Ram.

Listen to this week's selections: [Audio restoration by Dave Saviet.]

A) Click on an option below to listen to The Smoothies using Streaming RealAudio.

Breezin' Along With The Breeze - Bluebird B-10295-B - 1939
Chew-Chew-Chew - Bluebird B-10295-A - 1939
"BOTH SONGS" played in sequence

B) Click on an option below to listen to The Smoothies using Downloading RealAudio.

Breezin' Along With The Breeze - Bluebird B-10295-B - 1939 (file size=417KB)
Chew-Chew-Chew - Bluebird B-10295-A - 1939 (file size=433KB)

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