RIP Patty Andrews – Last Surviving Member of The Andrews Sisters Passes Away

Sad news out of Los Angeles this afternoon…Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters, has passed away from natural causes at her Northridge, CA home. She was 94 years old.

Together with her sisters LaVerne and Maxene, The Andrews Sisters were arguably the most popular group of the 1930’s and 1940’s and the most influential all-female group in history.  Their energetic performance style fit in perfectly with the new swing music craze.

1947 publicity photo of The Andrews Sisters.  The Andrews Sisters performing.

Their biggest hit is, of course, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy“:

Other hits include “Rum and Coca Cola” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree“.  They recorded over 400 songs and sold more than 80 million records during their career.

The trio was known for volunteering enormous amounts of time to entertain World War II troops.  They recorded Victory Discs (or V-Discs) for distribution only to the Allied troops and made appearances on shows like “Command Performance”, “Mail Call”, and “G.I. Journal”.

Patty married Walter Weschler, pianist and conductor for the sisters, in 1952 and he later became her manager.  Walter passed away in 2010.  They had no children.  Patty is survived by her foster daughter, Pam DuBois.

Patty, LaVerne, and Maxene Andrews will certainly be missed, and their mark on swing music is indelible.

For more information:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/31/arts/music/patty-andrews-singer-with-the-andrews-sisters-dies-at-94.html

http://news.yahoo.com/patty-andrews-andrews-sisters-dead-94-221121755.html

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2009/02/22/patty-andrews-the-boogie-woogie-bugle-girl-of-world-war-ii/

http://www.bigbands.org/andrewsbio.htm