Les Swingle Singers

Les Swingle Singers

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Originally a French vocal band, founded in 1962 by Ward Swingle, specialized in singing classical songs with a capella/jazz arrangement. They were very popular in the USA, they won 3 Grammy Awards in 1964 and 1965.
The French group disbanded in 1973, Ward went to England where he formed Swingle II with an expanded repertoire, he continued actively with the group until 1985. The Swingle Singers have continued, with various new members and with Ward as musical advisor, to this day.

The original double-quartet:
Alto: Alice Herald - Anne Germain
Soprano: Christiane Legrand - Jeanette Baucomont
Tenor: Claude Germain - Ward Swingle (Arranger)
Bass: Jean Cussac - José Germain

The current members are:
Sopranos: Sara Brimer, Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson
Altos: Clare Wheeler, Lucy Bailey
Tenors: Christopher Jay, Richard Eteson (- 3/2010)
Basses: Tobias Hug, Kevin Fox

They have performd and record under the names The Swingles, The New Swingle Singers and eventually, The Swingle Singers. Since the London group's incarnation, the group has never disbanded.
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Les Swingle Singers Discography

Albums

840.519 PY Les Swingle Singers Jazz Sébastien Bach (Album) Philips 840.519 PY France 1963 Sell This Version
PHM 200-126 The Swingle Singers* Going Baroque (Album) Philips PHM 200-126 New Zealand 1964 Sell This Version
P 77 247 L Swingle Singers* Swinging Mozart (Album) Philips P 77 247 L France 1964 Sell This Version
PHS 600-191 The Swingle Singers* Les Romantiques (Album) Philips PHS 600-191 US 1965 Sell This Version
JS 17 The Swingle Singers* / The Modern Jazz Quartet The Swingle Singers* / The Modern Jazz Quartet - Place Vendôme (Album) Philips JS 17 Australia 1966 Sell This Version
PHM 200-214 The Swingle Singers* Rococo Á Go Go (Album) Philips PHM 200-214 US 1966 Sell This Version
844.718 Swingle Singers* Spanish Masters (Album) Philips 844.718 France 1967 Sell This Version
844858 Swingle Singers* Noëls Sans Passeport (Album) Philips 844858 France 1968 Sell This Version
844 847 BY, SBL.7855 The Swingle Singers* Jazz Sebastian Bach (Volume 2)(LP, S/Edition) Philips, Philips 844 847 BY, SBL.7855 Europe 1968 Sell This Version
SAG 9003 The Swingle Singers* Operazione San Pietro - Colonna Sonora Originale Del Film(LP, Album) CAM SAG 9003 Italy 1968 Sell This Version
31 465 7 The Swingle Singers* J. S. Bach(LP, Club) Philips 31 465 7 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
SBL 7855 The Swingle Singers* Jazz Sebastian Bach Volume 2 (Album) Philips SBL 7855 UK 1968 Sell This Version
840.519 BY, 840 519 BY Les Swingle Singers Jazz Sébastian Bach(LP) Philips, Philips 840.519 BY, 840 519 BY Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
6311 007 Swingle Singers* American Look (Album) Philips, Philips 6311 007 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
PAT-14 The Swingle Singers* Attention! The Swingle Singers(LP, Album) Fontana PAT-14 Japan 1973 Sell This Version
6444 081 The Swingle Singers* Swinging Bach(LP) Fontana 6444 081 Germany 1974 Sell This Version
SCX 6617 Swingle Singers* Swingle Skyliner (Album) Columbia SCX 6617 UK 1979 Sell This Version
INT 161.532 Les Swingle Singers Swing The Classics(LP, Album) Aves Records INT 161.532 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
none The New Swingle Singers* 'Live' In New York(Cass, Album) Not On Label (The New Swingle Singers Self-released) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
none The New Swingle Singers* Chameleon(Cass, Album) Not On Label (The New Swingle Singers Self-released) none UK 1984 Sell This Version
5206 The Swingles* Christmas Polydor 5206 UK 1986 Sell This Version
2292-45228-2 Berio* - New Swingle Singers*, Orchestre National De France, Pierre Boulez Berio* - New Swingle Singers*, Orchestre National De France, Pierre Boulez - Sinfonia - Eindrücke (Album) Erato 2292-45228-2 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
POLD 5205 The Swingles* Instrumentals(LP) Polydor POLD 5205 UK 1986 Sell This Version
331806 The Swingles* Reflections (Album) Ultraprime 331806 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
SWING CD5 The Swingle Singers* The Bach Album(CD, Album) Swingle Singers SWING CD5 UK 1990 Sell This Version