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Patty Andrews, Last Surviving Member of The Andrews Sisters, Dead at 94
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013 | DAVID HINCKLEY

Posted on 01/31/2013 9:40:14 AM PST by nickcarraway

Dominant 'girl group' had more than 90 chart hits themselves and two dozen more with Bing Crosby.

Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the greatest "girl group" of all time, died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94.

The Andrews Sisters, who included Patty, Maxene and Laverne, were the dominant female vocal group of the mid-20th century, scoring more than 90 chart hits themselves and two dozen more with their frequent singing partner, Bing Crosby.

Their close harmony style influenced dozens of subsequent groups and singers, from the McGuire Sisters and the Pointer Sisters to En Vogue, Bette Midler and Christina Aguilera.

Their songs became standards of the era, often associated with World War II.

"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," later recorded by Midler and others, was a wartime classic. Their other most popular songs included "Bie Mir Bist Du Schon," "Rum and Coca Cola," "Ferryboat Serenade,"

"Shoo Shoo Baby," "I Can Dream, Can't I?" and "I Wanna Be Loved."

Their No. 1 hits with Crosby included "Don't Fence Me In" and "Hot Time In the Old Town of Berlin."

They sold an estimated 100 million records over their career, and were noted for their versatility.

They could sing close harmony ballads, but also country-style tunes, jazz and swing. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is widely considered one of the first songs in the style that after World War II would be known as rhythm and blues.

The sisters also appeared in 17 movies, many of them low-budget musicals, but also including "The Road to Rio." All three sisters were born to an immigrant family in Mound, Minn. They formed a singing group when Laverne was 14, Maxene was 9 and Patty 7, with Patty as the lead singer.

Their early models included the popular Boswell Sisters, and their successful shows at local theaters eventually propelled them to greater success on the road. They became radio, stage and touring fixtures during the War, and continued performing together until 1951, when Patty left for a solo career without notifying Maxene or Laverne.

This led to a bitter two-year battle that also involved their parents' estate, and reflected the fact the sisters had not always gotten along as well off-stage as they did while performing.

They reunited in 1956 and performed together for the next decade. Their final date together came on the "Dean Martin Show," Sept. 27, 1966. Laverne died of cancer the following year. Maxene and Patty performed together for a while after Laverne's death, but then split for good in the early 1970s. Maxene continued as a solo artist until her death in 1995 and Patty also performed as a soloist for many years.

They only had a few brief reunions over the years, and Maxene said shortly before her death that her estrangement from Patty was one of her few regrets. Patty Andrews was married to Terry Melcher for two years, 1947-1949. She married the group's pianist, Walter Weschler, in 1951, and they remained married until his death in 2010.


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1 posted on 01/31/2013 9:40:19 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I loved their BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY:




PATTY ANDREWS IS IN THE CENTER
2 posted on 01/31/2013 9:50:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

We were sitting out on the patio next to the Bocce Court at my Italian Club listening to the WW II radio station. One of the youngins asked what the hell we were listening to. The old timer said, “It’s music we bombed Japan to.”


3 posted on 01/31/2013 9:55:11 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: nickcarraway

I remember these girls and their songs. Our world is slipping away.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 9:56:55 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

I loved their BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY:

...absolutely great, marvelous to watch...and Patty, in addition to being a tremendous vocalist, was also real easy on the eyes...they were, in short, a great natural resource...


5 posted on 01/31/2013 9:58:05 AM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Buck Privates would not have been the same without them.


6 posted on 01/31/2013 9:58:32 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: nickcarraway

Always loved watching them in the old Abbott and Costello movies.


7 posted on 01/31/2013 9:59:55 AM PST by Obadiah (We must commit to remove every Senate Blue-dog Democrat from office in 2014!)
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To: massgopguy

Just saw that in the theater for the first time recently.


8 posted on 01/31/2013 10:01:34 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

You might enjoy this youtube video.
These ladies were very supportive of our WW11 troops.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KupB9I1c2X0&list=PL46A6E71502D02817


9 posted on 01/31/2013 10:06:38 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: nickcarraway

I saw Patti in concert around 1989. He still sounded good.


10 posted on 01/31/2013 10:08:18 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

Whoops. Make that “Patty.” My dad really enjoyed seeing someone he grew up listening to.


11 posted on 01/31/2013 10:10:19 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: nickcarraway
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is widely considered one of the first songs in the style that after World War II would be known as rhythm and blues.

Huh? BWBB could be called a lot of things, but R&B is not one of them.

12 posted on 01/31/2013 10:11:00 AM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Which one of them bit the head off a live bat while on stage, or was that Ozzy Osborne?


13 posted on 01/31/2013 10:11:31 AM PST by OKRA2012
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To: KevinB

Maybe, not by current standards, but, absolutely, yes.


14 posted on 01/31/2013 10:16:33 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Purdy Dames. Luv’d watching them in Black and Whites like “Road to Rio” when I was but a mere lad...


15 posted on 01/31/2013 10:17:19 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Huskrrrr

Did “he” now?


16 posted on 01/31/2013 10:21:57 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: nickcarraway
Some of my favorite Andrews Sisters songs:
17 posted on 01/31/2013 10:30:18 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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some of the iconic faces and voices of WW2 and the early 50’s.

A great loss , as is that era compared to today


18 posted on 01/31/2013 10:48:36 AM PST by llevrok (Unlike Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: nickcarraway

My Uncle Jack played piano by ear.

One time in WW2, the Andrews Sisters showed up at his USO, but there was no band to accompany them. So Jack volunteered to play piano. They gave him some charts, but he couldn’t read music, so he just “winged it” for the entire show. It went great!

Now they are all gone...


19 posted on 01/31/2013 10:53:35 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: nickcarraway

WOW! She was still alive?

Great music. Too bad the sisters early on had falling outs.


20 posted on 01/31/2013 11:02:45 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Fiji Hill
This is their first hit from 1937, and it is a treat:
Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (youtube)

From Wikipedia:
"In Nazi Germany it was also a hit until its Jewish origins were discovered, at which point it was promptly banned."

As I recall, the Krauts first thought it was some kind of Old German.

21 posted on 01/31/2013 11:04:48 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: KevinB

I would disagree. Just because the players weren’t black doesn’t make it untrue. I hate how “R&B” is really code for “black”.


22 posted on 01/31/2013 11:07:52 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

Interesting, but it IS German; nothing odd old or Jewish about it. Literally it means By me are you pretty.


23 posted on 01/31/2013 11:13:36 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: nickcarraway

In 1973, another artist did a cover version of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” which became a hit. As a result, the Andrews Sisters’ original version got some airplay.


24 posted on 01/31/2013 11:28:57 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: UnwashedPeasant
On another Patty Andrews thread, I posted the Nazi version of "Bei Mir," in which the band leader, Karl "Charlie" Schwedler flays the Soviet Union.

Bei Mir, aka Nichevo (Russian for "nothing")--Charlie & His Orchestra, c. 1943

25 posted on 01/31/2013 11:38:42 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

“Bei Mir” was originally written in Yiddish—a German dialect written in the Hebrew script. The English lyrics were written by Sammy Cahn and Saul Chaplin, both of whom were sons of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.


26 posted on 01/31/2013 11:44:35 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
Check out the Wikipedia Article, it was originally titled, "Bei Mir Bistu Shein" (בײַ מיר ביסטו שיין) for a Yiddish Musical, titled Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, ("You could live, but they won't let you"). Yiddish is a Jewish dialect of German, not related to Hebrew, though it borrows some Hebrew vocabulary, and is often written in Hebrew characters.

I knew it was a Yiddish song. The Original song was a duet (like "You're the Top"), with the lovers exchanging compliments. The English adaptation sung by the Andrews Sisters is obviously from the point of view of a female. The title was Germanized for the Andrews Sisters adaptation, as well, obviously. Still lovin' on the fact that it pissed off the Nazis. "Arayan" musical is as sterile and inane as "Arayan" physics.

27 posted on 01/31/2013 11:47:57 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (What word begins with "O" and ends in economic collapse?)
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To: Fiji Hill

I’ve always been more familiar with the Benny Goodman version of the tune. Martha Tilton on vocal. Didn’t even know the Andrews had their first hit with it until a few years back.

Saw Patty at an event about twenty years ago. It was weird when her ornery sister Maxine passed away a few years back, and the media gave it a ton of coverage, as if it were the end of an era, basically ignoring the fact that Patty was still very much around and very much kicking.


28 posted on 01/31/2013 12:16:34 PM PST by greene66
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I was talking about the title in question only. Not surprising about it being Jewish authored, lots of Jewish songwriters. Interesting.


29 posted on 01/31/2013 12:28:54 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
"Interesting, but it IS German; nothing odd old or Jewish about it. Literally it means By me are you pretty."

I may have written it wrong. There are many variations on the spelling. I think the real spelling is Yiddish and the variations might be similar languages, where people are writing what it sounds like to them.

30 posted on 01/31/2013 7:45:10 PM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

NOT GUILTY, VERY NOT GUILTY, GUILTY!


31 posted on 01/31/2013 7:51:07 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

I used to love their appearances in so many of the Saturday afternoon movies I watched on TV as a kid. I never forgot them.


32 posted on 01/31/2013 8:01:00 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway

I know alot of people in Heaven celebrating this news, but it makes me sad.


33 posted on 01/31/2013 8:27:46 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

I know you won’t believe me because I’m a relatively young buck, but “what difference does it make!”, but I used to know all of Andrew’s sisters when they were little girls!


34 posted on 01/31/2013 8:33:30 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
I used to know all of Andrew’s sisters when they were little girls!

(file photo)

35 posted on 02/01/2013 6:05:07 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I hate how “R&B” is really code for “black”.

It always has been .URBAN is the new code word for black music.

R&B was the name Jerry Wexler (Atlantic Records) came up with in attempt to change the chart designation from "race records" to something else.

White people were likewise slurred by the establishment media. Country Western used to be called "hillbilly" in the trade publications (like Variety and Billboard). That was the chart, "the hillbilly chart". ASCAP wouldn't publish country or R&B. BMI would. When the two dejected forms morphed into rock and roll, ASCAP no longer had the hits (they wouldn't publish R&R either) so they alleged "tricks" and "payola" as the reason they no longer owned the charts.

However, Elvis and other artists DID manage to get the #1 hit on the R&B, Country, and Pop charts all at the same time. Something that the industry doesn't want to see happen ever again. The industry doesn't like small labels (whether they are called Sun or Sub-Pop) coming up with the "next big thing". Too many outdated artists are under longterm contracts to let some new fad ruin their plans and release schedules.

36 posted on 02/01/2013 6:30:14 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise; Lazamataz

Note the hot babe (sorry Laz, she’s croaked) pretending to play the conductor, who steals the show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=0yfe4dAQQyg


37 posted on 02/01/2013 10:16:00 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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