The Chordettes

American female popular singing quartet

The Chordettes were an American female popular singing quartet, usually singing a cappella. Their songs were mainly traditional popular music. They are best known for their hit songs "Mr. Sandman" and "Lollipop".[1]

The Chordettes
The Chordettes (clockwise: Carol Buschmann, Dorothy "Dottie" Schwartz, Jinny Osborn, and Janet Ertel)
The Chordettes
(clockwise: Carol Buschmann, Dorothy "Dottie" Schwartz, Jinny Osborn, and Janet Ertel)
Background information
OriginSheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
Years active1946–1963
Past member(s)Jinny Lockard (previously Osborn)
Carol Buschmann
Lynn Evans
Janet Ertel (aka Bleyer)
Margie Latzko
Dorothy “Dottie” (Hummitzsch) Schwartz
Nancy Overton
Alice Mae Spielvogel (previously Buschmann)
Joyce Weston
WebsiteThe Chordettes' page on the Primarily A Cappella site


Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart positions Album
1954 "Mr. Sandman"
b/w "I Don't Wanna See You Cryin'" (Non-album track)
1[4] 11 The Chordettes
1955 "Lonely Lips"
b/w "The Dudelsack Song" (Non-album track)
All the Very Best of the Chordettes
"Humming Bird"
b/w "I Told a Lie" (Non-album track)
The Chordettes
1956 "The Wedding"
b/w "I Don't Know, I Don't Care" (Non-album track)
91[5] All the Very Best of the Chordettes
"Eddie My Love"
b/w "Whistlin' Willie" (Non-album track)
14 The Chordettes
"Born to Be with You"
b/w "Love Never Changes"
5 8
"Lay Down Your Arms" / 16[6]
"Teen Age Goodnight" 45
1957 "Come Home to My Arms"
b/w "(Fifi's) Walkin' the Poodle" (Non-album track)
"Echo of Love"
b/w "Like a Baby" (from The Chordettes)
Non-album track
"Just Between You and Me" / 8 The Chordettes
"Soft Sands" 73
"Baby of Mine"
b/w "Photographs"
Non-album tracks
1958 "Lollipop"
b/w "Baby, Come-a Back-a" (Non-album track)
2 3 6 All the Very Best of the Chordettes
b/w "Love Is a Two-Way Street" (Non-album track)
1959 "No Other Arms, No Other Lips"
b/w "We Should Be Together" (Non-album track)
"A Girl's Work Is Never Done"
b/w "No Wheels" (Non-album track)
1960 "A Broken Vow"
b/w "All My Sorrows"
[A] Non-album tracks
1961 "Never on Sunday" / 13 4 Never on Sunday
"Faraway Star" 90 All the Very Best of the Chordettes
"The Exodus Song"
b/w "Theme from 'Goodbye Again'"
Never on Sunday
1962 "The White Rose of Athens"
b/w "Adios"
Non-album tracks
"In the Deep Blue Sea"
b/w "All My Sorrows"
1963 "True Love Goes On and On"
b/w "All My Sorrows"


  1. PogieJoe (January 14, 2015). "MRS. SANDMAN: A Chat with The Chordettes' Lynn Evans". YouTube. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  2. The Chordettes at AllMusic
  3. Nugent, Stephen / Fowler, Anne / Fowler, Pete (1976): Chart Log of American/British Top 20 Hits, 1955-1974. In: Gillett, Charlie / Frith, Simon (ed.): Rock File 4. Frogmore, St. Albans: Panther Books, p. 113f
  4. Whitburn, Joel (1973): Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, p. 13
  5. Whitburn, Joel (1994): Top Pop Singles 1955-1993. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Ltd., p. 112
  6. Whitburn, Joel (2005): The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits. 7. überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage, New York City, New York: Billboard Books, p. 129
  7. "Bubbling Under Hot 100". Top40Weekly. 2019. Retrieved July 15, 2019.


  1. "A Broken Vow" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at #2 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[7]

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