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

Les Swingle Singers Jazz Sébastien Bach (Album) Philips France 1963 Sell This Version
The Swingle Singers* Going Baroque (Album) Philips New Zealand 1964 Sell This Version
Swingle Singers* Swinging Mozart (Album) Philips France 1964 Sell This Version
The Swingle Singers* Les Romantiques (Album) Philips US 1965 Sell This Version
The Swingle Singers* / The Modern Jazz Quartet The Swingle Singers* / The Modern Jazz Quartet - Place Vendôme (Album) Philips Japan 1966 Sell This Version
The Swingle Singers* Rococo Á Go Go (Album) Philips US 1966 Sell This Version
Swingle Singers* Spanish Masters (Album) Philips France 1967 Sell This Version
Swingle Singers* Noëls Sans Passeport (Album) Philips France 1968 Sell This Version
77 443 The Swingle Singers* Meet The Modern Jazz Quartet The Swingle Singers* Meet The Modern Jazz Quartet - The Swingle Singers Meet The Modern Jazz Quartet(LP, Album) Philips 77 443 Germany 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
The Swingle Singers* Jazz Sebastian Bach Volume 2 (Album) Philips UK 1968 Sell This Version
Luciano Berio, The Swingle Singers*, The New York Philharmonic*, Cathy Berberian Luciano Berio, The Swingle Singers*, The New York Philharmonic*, Cathy Berberian - Sinfonia / Visage (Comp) CBS, CBS UK 1969 Sell This Version
Swingle Singers* American Look (Album) Philips, Philips Spain 1971 Sell This Version
PHS 700-004 The Swingle Singers* The Joy of Singing(LP, Album) Philips PHS 700-004 US 1972 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
Swingle Singers* Swingle Skyliner (Album) Columbia 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
Berio* - New Swingle Singers*, Orchestre National De France, Pierre Boulez Berio* - New Swingle Singers*, Orchestre National De France, Pierre Boulez - Sinfonia - Eindrücke (Album) Erato Europe 1986 Sell This Version
The Swingles* Christmas Polydor UK 1986 Sell This Version
POLDC 5205 The Swingles* Instrumentals(Cass, Album) Polydor POLDC 5205 UK 1986 Sell This Version
POLD 5205 The Swingles* Instrumentals(LP) Polydor POLD 5205 UK 1986 Sell This Version
The Swingles* Reflections (Album) Ultraprime Belgium 1987 Sell This Version