The last surviving member of the popular trio The Andrews Sisters has died. Patty Andrews, the youngest member of the singing sisters group, passed away on January 30, 2013 at the age of 94 in Los Angeles, CA after living nearly 18 years longer than her closest sister according to the New York Times. The dynamic girl group provided a much-needed pop of vocal fireworks to servicemen and the men and women serving on the homefront during the dark days of World War II.
"The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B" remains the song most associated with The Andrews Sister. They popularized this single and numerous other fizzy offerings both in vocal recordings and in war-era Universal Pictures produced to boost morale. The Abbott & Costello helmed Buck Privates and the star power heavy Private Buckaroo remain shining points in their limited filmography.
In each performance the sisters harmonized effortlessly with effervescent Patty's voice booming out in front as the lead. She often accented her singing by flattering the camera with cute and kooky facial expressions and spiffy, slightly disjointed performance expressions that suited her slender frame and seemingly vibrant personality. Her sheer wattage led Patty beyond the Andrews Sisters into a successful solo career up until she gradually faded from the spotlight in the 1990s. A niece confirmed the death to the media. No funeral plans have been announced to the public.