The words "Spice Girls" and "Swing Era" are not the most common association, but former Spice Girl, Melanie C, is making sure one story of the Swing Era is not forgotten. She presented a BBC
documentary on Ivy Benson and Her All Girl Orchestra
, one of the leading acts in the UK during the 1940s, and will present a second documentary on the band in 2015.
Fifty years before Victoria, Mel B, Emma, Geri and myself were talking about
Girl Power, Ivy and the members of her all-girl band were risking their lives
entertaining Allied troops in war-torn Europe, and fighting the battle of the
sexes back at home.
While I missed the documentary, the item has made me start looking for recordings by Ms. Benson and her band.
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