|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1905|
|Death: ||Jul. 2, 1958|
New York, USA
Martha Boswell Lloyd, was older sister to Connie and Vet . Together they formed The Boswell Sisters singing group until 1936 when Vet and Martha retired to begin their married lives. In addition to singing, she also played piano accompaniment on most of the Sisters recordings and was a gifted concert pianist as well. She could play almost anything with keys. Rag and blues entered Martha's musical vocabulary at an early age.
The Boswell Sisters left New Orleans in 1928 and their jazz harmony singing catapulted them to international fame. Backed by musicians like the Dorsey Brothers, Bunny Berrigan, Venuti and Lang, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw and the orchestras of Victor Young and Jimmy Grier, the Sisters dominated the airwaves between 1931 and 1936.
Beginning with their own national radio show in 1930 and later alternating with the Mills Brothers as guests on Bing Crosby's syndicated show, they became the sound to lighten the heart of the Depression. They made movies, played Broadway and toured Europe. They cut hit songs on the Brunswick label and were among the small stable of stars that Jack Kapp used to launch Decca Records.
In 1925, Martha married Jules Picard. To that union was born her son, Jules L. Picard (1926-2004). In 1936, she married George Lloyd; who thereafter adopted Jules.
Obit kindly furnished by FindAGrave contributor, Gene Baumwoll CSW
PEEKSKILL — Martha Boswell Lloyd, a member of the popular Boswell Sisters singing trio of two decades ago, died yesterday in Peekskill Hospital. Mrs. Lloyd, fifty-three, a Putnam' Valley widow, underwent a kidney operation last March. Complications necessitated further, surgery last week. Martha was the eldest of the rhythmic vocal group that hit stardom in 1931. The New Orleans-sisters performed with the bands of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. After five years as a top recording and touring attraction, the trio broke up when Martha and Vet, married. The third sister, Connie, is still active as a singer. Mrs. Lloyd is survived by a son Jules.
July 3 1958
Alfred Clyde Boswell (1877 - 1944)
Meldania George Foore Boswell (1871 - 1947)
George L Lloyd (1892 - 1955)*
Alfred Clyde Boswell (1900 - 1918)*
Martha Boswell (1905 - 1958)
Connee Boswell (1907 - 1976)*
Helvetia Boswell (1911 - 1988)*
New York, USA
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Nov 26, 2007
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