Constance Foore "Connee" Boswell (December 3, 1907 in Kansas City, Missouri – October 11, 1976 in New York City, New York) was an American female vocalist born in Kansas City but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. With her sisters, Martha and Helvetia "Vet" Boswell, she performed in the 1930s as The Boswell Sisters. They became a highly influential singing group during this period via recordings and radio.
Connee herself is widely considered one of the greatest jazz female vocalists and was a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald who said, "My mother brought home one of her records, and I fell in love with it....I tried so hard to sound just like her." In 1936, Connee's sisters retired and Connee continued on as a solo artist (having also recorded solos during her years with the group).
Connee Boswell died on October 11, 1976 from stomach cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, New York City at age 68.
She was married only once (to Harry Leedy) and had no children. Her life was chronicled in the 2006 documentary short subject, Connee Boswell: Life is a Song, produced by director Randall Riley. Although currently unavailable, the film premiered during the Boswell Sisters Centennial, held in New Orleans to commemorate the influence of the Boswell Sisters and the centenary of Connee's birthday in 2007. The documentary was also screened as "La Vida es un Cancion" in Spain at the Swing Sevilla Festival on April 2, 2016, with Spanish subtitles.
Soon after her death a Begonia was named in memory of her.