April 15, 2009

The Best of The Barry Sisters

Once known as the Bagelman Sisters, Clara and Minnie Bagelman were best known professionally as The Barry Sisters. They are originally from the Bronx, New York, and occupied an important space in a relatively obscure musical genre: Yiddish jazz. That's right, these ladies took swingin' jazz/lounge songs (as well as jazz-ified non-jazz songs), translated them into Yiddish, and sang them with some seriously sweet sisterly harmony. This, like the last post on this blog, was one of those "accidental" finds, but I'm so happy I spent the $2 or whatever it was to get this. It's a great listen!


3 comments:

Ron Caddigan said...

Wow, dude. Now you're starting to freak me out. I gambled a dollar at the Goodwill on Adelaide (which has since been demolished) for a collection of Barry Sisters songs. I subsequently became obsessed with them. One of those thrift store finds that in retrospect if I could have heard the music before purchasing I would have been willing to pay much more. I later found another record on ebay and another in a some random vintage place on queen st. that had a handful of records that were mostly for decor.
I would totally be willing to lend my Barry Sister records to be digital resurrected. I've wanted to put "Abi Gezunt" on so many mix CDs.

Shona said...

Huzzah!!! More Barry Sisters!!! T-dot's OBVIOUSLY got the goods on these girls!!!

Have I mentioned this is my most favoritist blogs EVER...

Ryan said...

Shona: No, you haven't, but THANK YOU! *beams* I'm glad you love it, I love doing it!

Ron: Absolutely, I'll take your Barry Sisters LPs and convert them, perhaps have a "more of The Barry Sisters" post? I'll send you a message.