1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
The Chordettes Janet Ertel, bass, (1913-1988), Carol Bushman, baritone, Lynn Evans, lead, (replaced Dorothy Schwartz in 1952), Margie Needham, tenor, (replaced Jinny Lockard [or Osborn] in 1953)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Mr. Sandman 1954
The Chordettes also had hits with Born To Be With You in 1956 and Lollipop in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1954-1961
Record Label: Cadence
College friends, the Chordettes, organized in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1946. Original members were Janet Ertel, her sister-in-law Carol Bushman, Dorothy Schwartz, and Jinny Lockard (1927-2003). Lynn Evans replaced Dorothy Schwartz and Margie Needham replaced Jinny Lockard (who was having a baby), though she later returned. Nancy Overton was also a member at a later time. Originally they sang folk music but changed to barbershop harmony and made regular appearances on Arthur Godfrey’s TV series. Orchestra leader Archie Bleyer wanted the girls to move beyond traditional barbershop, so when he created Cadence Records, they signed with him and Janet Ertel married him. In 1954, the Chordettes Mr. Sandman rocketed to the top of the charts (the deep voiced “YES” was Archie Bleyer’s). Their 1958 hit, Lollipop, was sparked by a chime introduction, a round-like arrangement, popping sounds, and the line, “Lollipop, lollipop, ooh lolli, lolli, lolli," that is instantly recognizable even today.
The Chordettes' Best 45rpm Single Recordings during the Fifties: