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Last Andrews Sister, Patty, Dies At 94


Last Andrews Sister, Patty, Dies At 94Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters, died at her Northridge, California, home Wednesday, her publicist Alan Eichler said. She was 94-year old.

During World War II, Andrews Sisters Maxine Andrews, Patty Andrews, and LaVerne Andrews hawked war bonds, entertained soldiers overseas and boosted morale on the home-front with tunes like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and “I Can Dream, Can’t I?”.

One of their biggest hits was “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” which became a World War II anthem. The Recording Industry of America Association and the National Endowment for the Arts placed it as the sixth on its “Songs of the Century” list in 2001.

According to the local media sources they sold more than 75 million records and entertained World War II troops in Africa and Europe. The sisters specialised in swing and played with some of the top band leaders of the era, including Glen Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

The Andrews’s rise coincided with the advent of swing music, and their style fit perfectly into the new craze. They aimed at reproducing the sound of three harmonizing trumpets.

Bette Midler said while paying tribute to Patty, “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.”