Thu Jan 31, 2013, 06:16 PM
joeybee12 (55,060 posts)
Patty Andrews, Singer With Her Sisters, Is Dead at 94
Patty Andrews, the last of the Andrews Sisters, the jaunty vocal trio whose immensely popular music became part of the patriotic fabric of World War II America, died on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94.
Lynda Wells, a niece, confirmed the death.
With their jazzy renditions of songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B),” “Rum and Coca-Cola” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me),” Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews sold war bonds, boosted morale on the home front, performed withBing Crosby and with theGlenn Miller Orchestra, made movies and entertained thousands of American troops overseas, for whom the women represented the loves and the land the troops had left behind.
Patty, the youngest, was a soprano and sang lead; Maxene handled the high harmony; and LaVerne, the oldest, took the low notes. They began singing together as children; by the time they were teenagers they made up an accomplished vocal group. Modeling their act on the commercially successful Boswell Sisters, they joined a traveling revue and sang at county fairs and in vaudeville shows. Their big break came in 1937 when they were signed by Decca Records, but their first recording went nowhere.
Gotta love this photo...during they heyday, they were huge...RIP
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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:59 PM
Starry Messenger (31,462 posts)
2. Aww, RIP Patty.
Some friends of mine and I did a lip-synch performance in costume of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" for a fundraiser in high school. That song always makes me smile.