Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Coney Island: 1940

singing are the Barry Sisters:
Born in the Bronx, New York, Clara and Minnie Bagelman were first known as the Bagelman Sisters. As Claire and Myrna Barry they were popular Yiddish jazz singers made popular in the 1940s-1960s on the New York Radio Show "Yiddish Melodies in Swing", where they would sing jazz versions of Yiddish and popular American songs. During the height of their popularity, they even made appearances on the Ed Sullivan show, and were one of the few American acts to tour the former Soviet Union in 1959. Although Myrna Barry died in 1976, Claire Barry continues to sing and perform, and was recently featured in the NPR radio show, "Yiddish Melodies in Swing", an exhibit of the Yiddish Radio Project web site.

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