The Galli Sisters Get My Vote

The Galli Sisters

The Galli Sisters

OK, it’s time to stir the pot.  I think we can all agree that the most popular sister act during the 1940s was the Andrew Sisters, right?   A string of huge hits like “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar”, “Beer Barrel Polka” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” didn’t hurt their popularity one bit.  But were they the best sister act?

After listening to scores of tracks recorded by the Galli Sisters at the Muzak studio in Manhattan in the mid through late ‘40s, I began to question who should own that top spot.  As a matter of fact, the more I listened, the more I fell in love with the Galli Sisters.  Their harmonies, personality and dynamics were unmatched in my book.  Move over Andrew Sisters.  After close examination and debate (with myself), the Galli Sisters get my vote.  How about you?

Give a listen and judge for yourself.

Contributed by Bruce McKagan, Muzak Archives Director

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Tagged as: 1940s music, 40s music, Andrews Sisters, Archives, Galli Sisters, Muzak Archives


  1. I agree. I have a 78 RPM record called “Bluebird of Happiness” with the Galli Sisters on vocals. They have amazing voices.

  2. Hi Roberta,

    After google”ing” the Galli Sisters, imagine my surprise and happiness, when I saw your blog…..why such a happy reaction? Because Dolly Galli is my MOTHER! Thank you so much for your “vote” it made my mother cry with tears of joy….it definitely made her day and our whole family smile, thanks again and may God bless you…..Kathy

  3. Ps how can I get their recordings from Muzak?

  4. I love them: They have my vote. And my husband Joe is dancing to it!

  5. Did you know that Dolly Galli – the youngest singer was the first choice for Dorothy in the Wizard Of Oz? She declined so as not to break up the trio. I choose the Galli Sisters by the way – I may be bias as I was best friends with Dolly’s daughters in junior High and High School. Wonderful people!

  6. Oh you are so right! The Galli Sisters are my cousins. i remember as a young girl listening to them sing at family gatherings and they had amazing voices, but not only did they have beautiful voices and beautiful faces they were, and are very giving, loving and beautiful people. Thank you for thoughts.

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