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Hungarian-born pop singer of the 1950s.
Boswell became a popular singing star in South Africa but was spotted in 1949 by Geraldo, who persuaded her to come to Britain as a singer in his band.
She left Geraldo in 1952 and launched herself on a solo career. Her first hit record came that year with "Sugar Bush", partly sung in Afrikaans. She appeared in the Royal Variety Performance and toured widely with comedian Derek Roy, before getting her own radio show in 1954.
Boswell’s major chart hit came with "Pickin' a Chicken", a South African tune with new words, which rose to No 9 on the UK Singles Chart at the start of 1956. Her first LP, Sugar and Spice - on which she sang 10 songs in nine different languages - followed later in the year. A continuous programme of radio work and tours followed, leading to more than one mental breakdown.Boswell faded from public view as public tastes changed through the late 1950s and 1960s, eventually returning to live in South Africa.
This is a very pretty vintage early 1950s black and white photograph, signed across the image in blue fountain pen ink. In very good condition.