Two for Tuesday: Swing Out Sister

Swing Out, Sister was a 1945 comedy starring Rod Cameron, Billie Burke, and Arthur Treacher. Vocalist Corinne Drewery, keyboard player Andy Connell, and drummer Martin Jackson chose it as the name of their sophisti-pop group because it was the only name that they could agree on. (They all hated it.) Their first album, 1987’s It’s Better To Travel, featured “Breakout,” their first hit song, which reached #6 on the Billboard “Hot 100” in November, 1987. Jackson left the group before their second album, 1989’s Kaleidoscope World, was completed, and the album contained the message “Swing Out Sister are Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell.” And so it’s been since then. While still popular on smooth jazz stations, their real fan base is Japan, as it has been since the late Nineties. 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of It’s Better To Travel, and a commemorative release is planned for this year.

The two songs here best typify their style: lush orchestration; a blend of rock, jazz, R&B, and easy listening; and the beautiful voice of Corinne Drewery. The first, “Forever Blue,” is from Kaleidoscope World; the second, the title track from 2004’s Where Our Love Grows, which GQ Magazine called “undisputably their finest album to date.”

Your Two for Tuesday for the last week of August, 2012.

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