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02 May 2023

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Allanovy Sestry – 1940s Czech Swing Singers – Phantom Dancer

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The Sestry Allanovy (Allan Sisters) were a Czech vocal trio formed in 1940. They were together until 1967

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ALLAN

The trio was formed during World War II in German-occupied Prague by Jiřina Salačová, Vera Kočvarová and Radka Hlavsová, who were members of the Kühn Choir. Her role models were the Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters .

They first called themeselves The Three Prague Girls, then chose the name Allan after the pseudonym of the composer, Alfons Jindra .

Their first success was in the Červená sedma (Red Seven) cabaret, where Karel Vlach discovered them .

As well as Karel Vlach’s orchestra, they sung with R. A. Dvorský’s Melody Boys and with pianist Leopold Korbar. They were in the musical The Wonder Cauldron. As the “Allan-Terzett” they recorded many songs in German for Telefunken and Deutsche Grammophon-Gesellschaft.

After the war they only sang in Czech. Radka Hlavsová was replaced by Máša Horová and the group expanded into a quartet with Bozena Port. In 1948 they were involved in the production of the musical Divotvorný hrnec .

SISTERS

After the end of World War 2, the trio expanded into a quartet:: Jiřina Salačová, Máša Horová, Věra Kočvarová, Bozena Portová.

From 1946–1948, Věra Holotíková (later Holotíková-Krumniklová) also sang in the quartet .

They made both solo recordings (Land of Singing, Svět je veselý, Behind the Blue Horizon) and accompanied, for example,  by male singer Václav Irmanov (Sweet and Lovely; Straighten Up and Fly Right), all with Karel Vlach’s orchestra.

After the arrival of Rudolf Cortés as a permanent singer in Vlach’s orchestra in 1948, they also began to accompany him, and in the late 1940s, their songs Písnička o Číňánek and Starý mlýn were popular.

Jiřina Salačová gave up her career and her place was taken by Blažena Lázničková. This was the line-up until 1955, when it broke up.

The Allan Sisters last performed together in 1967 in Podskalské’s movie comedy Ta naše písnička česká. The last living member was Věra Holotíková (1924–2018).

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Set 1
Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)
Open + Margie
Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards Show
WOR Mutual NYC
10 Aug 1945
Once in a While
Cliff Edwards
Cliff Edwards Show
WOR Mutual NYC
10 Aug 1945
Set 2
C&W
Intro + Tall Timber (theme) + Loaded Pistol Loaded Dice
Gene Autry
‘Dude Martin’s Sunrise Roundup’
KGO ABC San Francisco
11 Feb 1948
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? + The Deck of Cards
Sons of the Pioneers + T. Texas Tyler
‘Dude Martin’s Sunrise Roundup’
KGO ABC San Francisco
11 Feb 1948
Best Deal in Town
Spade Cooley
‘Dude Martin’s Sunrise Roundup’
KGO ABC San Francisco
11 Feb 1948
Wabash Cannonball + Orange Blossom Special + Tall Timbers (theme)
Roy Acuff + Arthur Smith
‘Dude Martin’s Sunrise Roundup’
KGO ABC San Francisco
11 Feb 1948
Set 3
Kid Ory
Theme + Clarinet Marmalade
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Oct 1954
Darktown Strutters’ Ball
Kid Ory
Club Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Oct 1954
Buddy Bolden Blues
Kid OryClub Hangover
KCBS San Francisco
30 Oct 1954
Set 4
Allanovy Sestry
Doktor Swing
Allanovy Sestry (voc) Karel Vlach Orchestra
Comm Rec
Prague
1941
So wird’s nie wieder sein
Allanovy Sestry (voc) R. A. Dvorský se svým orchestrem
Comm Rec
Prague
1941
Píseň o tramvaji (The Trolley Song)
Allanovy Sestry (voc) Karel Vlach Orchestra
Comm Rec
Prague
1946
Čekání
Allanovy Sestry (voc) Karel Vlach Orchestra
Comm Rec
Prague
1946
Set 5
Bunny Berigan
Open + Little Gate Special
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WCLE Cleveland OH
9 Apr 1939
Black Bottom
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WCLE Cleveland OH
9 Apr 1939
Familiar Moe
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra
Trianon Ballroom
WCLE Cleveland OH
9 Apr 1939
I Want My Share of Love
Bunny Berrigan Orchestra (voc) Kathleen Lane
Trianon Ballroom
WCLE Cleveland OH
9 Apr 1939
Set 6
Duke Ellington
Take the A-Train (theme)  + Light
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Radio City Music Hall
WJZ ABC NYC
10 Nov 1945
11:60 PM
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Joya Sherrill
‘A Date with the Duke’
Radio City Music Hall
WJZ ABC NYC
10 Nov 1945
I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues
Duke Ellington Orchestra (voc) Kay Davis and Al Hibbler
‘A Date with the Duke’
Radio City Music Hall
WJZ ABC NYC
10 Nov 1945
Cottontail
Duke Ellington Orchestra
‘A Date with the Duke’
Radio City Music Hall
WJZ ABC NYC
10 Nov 1945
Set 7
Radio Transcriptions
Hodge Podge
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Don’t Be That Way
Chick Webb OrchestraRadio Transcription
New York City
1936
Swingin’ and Jivin’
Claude Hopkins Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1935
Nit Wit Serenade
Chick Webb Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
1936
Set 8
Charlie Parker
Groovin’ High
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
11 Dec 1948
Big FootCharlie Parker‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
11 Dec 1948
Ornithology
Charlie Parker
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
WMCA NYC
11 Dec 1948
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