Daisy and Violet Hilton did both play soprano sax. They can be seen
and heard playing them in the wedding banquet scene in the movie
Freaks. By the way, if you pick up the DVD of that film, you will
see me doing commentary on the 'making of' documentary that is also
found on that DVD.
Daisy also played piano and accompanied her sister's sax playing in
their Vaudeville act. I think they also traveled with a band as a
From what I have heard of their playing, I wouldn't call them jazz
Also in the movie Freaks is Johnny Eck, that half boy. He had no
lower half of his body and got around on his hands. He did lead a
dance band (he played piano) for awhile in his hometown of Baltimore.
--- In RedHotJazz@yahoogroups.com
, "Nicola Ardenghi" <sahfen@...>
> Hello everybody,
> yesterday on the net I've found an article about Daisy and Violet
Hilton, a pair of conjoined
> twins who toured the U.S. in vaudeville shows during the 1930's
as "The Siamese Twins".
> They also appeared in the movie "Freaks" (1932) along with
other "original" characters.
> It is said that they were trained in jazz music and then they
formed a jazz band (!). This could
> be confirmed by this poster
> Hilton_012.jpg), where they are pictured holding two saxes. Anyone
knows anything more?