According to a Jan. 30 BBC News report, Patty Andrews, the youngest and last surviving member of the ‘The Andrews Sisters,’ the popular singing trio of the 1940s and 1950s has died. The Andrews Sisters trio included Patty’s sisters LaVerne and Maxine Andrews. Patty was the middle sister.
‘The Andrews Sisters’ sold more than 75 million records and entertained war troops in Africa and Europe. The trio’s hits included “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” “Rum and Coca Cola,” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” The ladies appeared in over 15 movies, alongside Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in “In the Navy,” and “Buck Privates,” and with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in” Road to Rio.” They were primarily a swing group and played to the top band leaders of the time, including Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller.
Patty died from natural causes on Jan. 30 at her Los Angeles home, according to her spokesman, Alan Eichler. LaVerne Andrews died of cancer in 1967 and Maxene Andrews died in 1995 after suffering a heart attack. According to Patty, the sisters “were just three girls in the family. LaVerne had a very low voice. Maxene's was kind of high, and I was between. It was like God had given us voices to fit our parts.”
According to BBC, Bette Midler paid tribute to the late singer saying, “When I was a kid, I only had two records and one of them was the Andrews Sisters. They were remarkable. Their sound, so pure.”
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