In the Jazz Age and during the 1930s, “all-girl” bands such as the Blue Belles, the Parisian Redheads (later the Bricktops), Lil-Hardin’s All-Girl Band, the Ingenues, the Harlem Playgirls led by the likes of Neliska Ann Briscoe and Eddie Crump, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Phil Spitalny’s Musical Sweethearts, and “Helen Lewis and Her All-Girl Jazz Syncopators” were popular. Dozens of early Dr Seuss sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory Alzheimers awareness shirtsound films were made of the vaudeville style all-girl groups, especially short subject promotional films for Paramount and Vitaphone.
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(In 1925, Lee DeForest filmed Lewis and her band in his short-lived Phonofilm process, in a film now in the Maurice Zouary collection at the Library of Congress) Blanche Calloway, sister of Cab Calloway, led a male band, Blanche Calloway and Her Joy Boys, from 1932 to 1939, and Ina Ray Hutton led an all-girl band, the Melodears, from 1934 to 1939. Eunice Westmoreland, under the name Rita Rio, led an all-girl band appearing on NBC Radio and in short subjects for Vitaphone and RKO before changing her career to acting and her professional name to Dona Drake, appearing in numerous 1940s movies.