Connee After the Boswell Sisters

feb121936 February 12, 1936 – The Boswell Sisters make their final recording together. The Irving Berlin lyrics seem prophetic. The first number features Connee, who hereafter will be on her own, carrying the lead in “Let Yourself Go.” On the second number the Sisters harmonize throughout the song, a fitting way to declare their new lives with “I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket.” Vet is pregnant at the time of the recording.

We follow Connee’s career and life events from here on out below…

Connee Boswell Timeline Navigator           1930's - 1940's - 1950's - 1960's - 1970's
1960 - 1963
Connee will appear sporadically on television, continue making nightclub appearances and will record two more singles for the independent Charles label. Those two sides (“I Don’t Mind/You Ain’t Got Nothin’) are very different from anything she’s recorded before and sound very much like the rockabilly music that was so popular at the time. These rare sides are issued on a “for DJ only” 45RPM’s but are not successful.
 
1961
Connee is on the board of an organization called, “Comeback, Inc,” whose focus is rehabilitation of the chronically ill, aged and handicapped.
 
Mid 1960's to 1975
Connee Boswell and Harry
Music styles have been changing since the mid-1950’s and while Connee has experienced some success in television and with her albums of the past few years, these are fewer and further between now. This is complicated further by her husband/manager Harry experiencing the first of several heart attacks in the mid-1960’s. She decided to limit her performances to some occasional television work and club dates and stays much closer to home to care for Harry. In radio interviews (and perhaps on television interviews as well), there was some talk about making a comeback, recording an album of Broadway tunes, and even that she had been working on her autobiography. There was also rumor of her talking with Hollywood studios about making a bio-pic of her life story, but these plans never materialized. She continues in her humanitarian work and volunteer appearances at children’s hospitals, and in her hobby of training dogs.
 
January 1, 1975
After nearly forty years of marriage, Harry Leedy dies in New York City. Connee later said that he came to bed, kissed her goodnight and the next morning when she woke up, he was gone.
 
1975 - early 1976
Connee Boswell 1975
Connee makes more frequent appearances in clubs and even appears on a television program (August 16, 1975) with her old friend Bing Crosby. However, before long, it is clear to all that Connee is also ill. She has always had a very healthy appetite, saying herself that she could “eat like a horse.” She experiences stomach pain and she seeks medical attention.
 
February 11, 1976
Connee undergoes surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC to remove a tumor from her stomach. Doctors are optimistic that they can remove the tumor successfully. Sometime afterward, they discover that the cancer has returned and begin chemotherapy. By the early fall, she is confined to her hospital room at Mt Sinai and finally asks doctors to stop all treatments.
 
October 12, 1976
Connee Boswell Grave
Constance Foore Boswell Leedy died at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She was 68 years old. She is buried in Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, New York, next to her husband Harry.She wrote the following poem just five days before her death:
“My days are numbered and it’s just as well. Just how soon no one can tell. I hope that it’s soon for the pain is vile, A face filled with frowns instead of a smile. When the end comes I’ll be at rest, And just remember, it’s all for the best, And when I’m gone remember me when The sun shone brightly. And now, Amen.”