The Coquettes

N.p. N.p., circa 1940s. Collection of three vintage black and white still photographs featuring members of The Coquettes, a swing-era band that had the distinction of being entirely female.

Musicians shown include band leader Frances Carroll, the four-part saxophone section, and Coquettes "featured artist" Rosalie Martin (billed as America's No. 1 Tenor Saxophonist, Doubling Clarinet and Guitar). Carroll was considered an apt band leader, a tall redhead who danced and sang onstage with the band.

United States involvement in World War II created the perfect storm for a staggering increase in the number of "all-girl" big bands in the early 1940s. As male musicians were frequently getting drafted, and those left behind on the home front sought musical entertainment as a means of coping, hundreds of of female dance bands sprang up to fill the need. Woefully their memory has largely been lost to history, alongside many other women who took other jobs that were traditionally considered "men's work".

8 x 10 inches. One photograph mounted with yellow tape to a cardstock backing, else photos are Very Good plus to Near Fine.

[Book #139702]

Price: $325.00