Happy weekday to you all!
Today I have a neat item of vintage paraphernalia to share with you all. My sisters and I, as you know love the songs that the Andrews Sisters sang in the 40’s, and want to learn how to sing them ourselves. Of course, we have the ability to, and the willingness to, but there’s one piece to the puzzle that was missing until a few weeks ago.
You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find music for those old songs!
One of the pieces we especially have been wanting to learn (you should know the reason why by the title), is “Down by the Ohio”, but finding sheet music for it was pretty nigh impossible- until recently.
In the search for more suitable arrangements to add to our repertoire this year, and I just happened to think of the idea of looking on amazon.com. When I found one of the older songs on our wish list on there, I decided to have a go at searching for “Down by the Ohio”, and, sure enough, up came a copy, for a very decent price, and we ordered it straight away.
You wouldn’t believe our surprise, when, just a few weeks later, a large envelope arrived in the mail stamped with a blue stamp with the words “Royal Airmail”, printed on it, as well as several stamps with Queen Elizabeth’s bust printed on them. “What on earth was a copy of ‘Down by the Ohio’ doing in England?” I wondered. I suppose we shall never know, but at least we now have the music for our very own; with a picture of the Andrews Sisters on the front to-boot!
Oh, by the way, did I mention the copy is an original from 1940? The same year the Andrews Sisters made a record of it! (insert recording of an irrepressible squeal of delight from we vintage lovers in the Boyer household)
And here, if you want to listen to it, is a recording of the Andrews Sisters singing… Down by the Ohio!
Blessings on your day,
and may your week be filled with singing!
The Middle Sister and Singer