Song of the Week: Don’t Ever Lose It Whatever It Is (1936)

It’s surprising that, in light of their long and successful career together, the all-singing all-dancing Peters  Sisters from Santa Monica, California, are not better known today. The earliest recordings I know of date from 1936, as does the clip below, the year in which Anne Peters, Mattie Peters, Virginia Peters, Edith Peters and Joyce Peters (yes, they really were sisters, Annie, Mattie and Virginia performing as a trio, and Edith and Joyce as a duo), were discovered by singer Eddie Cantor who immediately signed them up to appear in his forthcoming film Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937).

Over the following years they would perform with, among others, Eddie Cantor, Raymond Scott, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway; and, on moving to England, with Max Wall, Ted Ray, and Lonnie Donegan; and in 1959 with Max Bygraves at the London Palladium.  Anne, Mattie, and Virginia settled to live in Paris in their later years.

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