All Girl Bands

The most heavenly video I’ve ever seen is of an orchestra of flapper ladies plucking a sea of banjos. Curious about this and other similar groups of the era, I found a few gems.
These all-girl bands were somewhat of a novelty in their time. Not being intimate with the politics of the time, I’m unsure if club owners were reluctant to book all-girl bands because it was taboo for ladies to be professional musicians, or to be out late unescorted, or if club owners thought no one would come out to watch a totally female orchestra.

The Ingenues do Tiger Rag. Watch for the awesome duck call solo, jazzy bassoon, and how the gal in the back is playing tuba side-saddle. The girl on stand up bass is GETTING DOWN!

The Ingenues in 1928 in a banjo heavy version of “Chasing the Blues Away.” They also sing!

Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra perform Tiger Rag

Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra in the 40s was known as the “Hour of Charm.”

A bandleader who leads by tap-dance! Ina Ray Hutton, known as the “Blonde Bombshell of Rhythm” and Her Melodears perform “Truckin'” They performed until 1939.


Another all-female group, The Parisian Redheads, later renamed The Bricktops.

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2 thoughts on “All Girl Bands

  1. Amelia, where did you find that photo of the Parisian Redheads? I’m working on an article about that band, and I’m looking for illustrations. If you see this comment, please email me at efinch [at] gmail [dot] com.

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