Thursday, January 31, 2013

Patty Andrews Dead: Last Surviving Member Of The Andrews Sisters Dies At 94

The last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters trio, Patty Andrews, passed away on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94.

The sisters performed with "Patty always singing the lead, Maxene the high harmony and LaVerne the low harmony, inventing a unique blend that came from their hearts, since none of the girls could read music," according to the sister's official  biography.

Andrews and her siblings LaVerne and Maxene sold more than 80 million records during a career that stretched from the 1920s to the late 1960s. They're perhaps best known for entertaining Allied troops and selling war bonds and boosting morale on the home front during World War II – along with their 1941 hit "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," which the Recording Industry of America ranked at Number Six on a list of 25 "Songs of the Century."

The sisters also made a dozen low-budget musical comedy movies with Universal Pictures between 1940-44, and they appeared with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in the 1947 movie The Road to Rio.

Patty is survived by a foster daughter, a niece and several cousins.

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