Originally organized in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1946, the Chordettes were introduced to the nation by Arthur Godfrey’s radio program where they became regulars for four years starting in 1949.
The original members were Janet Ertel, Carol Bushman, Dorothy Schwartz and Jinny Osborn.
Signed by Cadence Records, in 1954, the Chordettes landed on the Hit Parade with their biggest hit, “Mr. Sandman,” where it would be #1 for seven weeks. They returned in 1956 with “Eddie My Love” and a top five hit, “Born To Be With You” and “Lay Down Your Arms.” A year later, “Just Between You and Me” reached the top ten and in 1958. “Lollipop” peaked at #2 nationally. Other hits, “No Other Arms,” “Never On Sunday” and a version of the theme song from the TV series “Zorro,” also landed on the Hit Parade.
The Chordettes became a major nightclub attraction, appearing on numerous radio and television shows including Ed Sullivan. The Chordettes appeared on American Bandstand on August 5, 1957, the very first episode of the show nationally.
The Chordettes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.