Skip to comments.Last surviving Andrews Sisters member Patty Andrews dies at 94
Posted on 01/30/2013 5:33:48 PM PST by massmike
Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94.
Andrews died of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, said family spokesman Alan Eichler in a statement.
Patty was the Andrews in the middle, the lead singer and chief clown, whose raucous jitterbugging delighted American servicemen abroad and audiences at home.
She could also deliver sentimental ballads like "I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time" with a sincerity that caused hardened GIs far from home to weep.
From the late 1930s through the 1940s, the Andrews Sisters produced one hit record after another, beginning with "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" in 1937 and continuing with "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar," "Rum and Coca-Cola" and more. They recorded more than 400 songs and sold over 80 million records, several of them going gold (over a million copies).
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bugle boy blows taps
The top selling single of 1944.
RIP to a patriotic singer and one of the last remnants of a time period when America truly stood and fought for freedom rather than against it.
Here’s Patty and her sisters singing with Bing Crosby in one of the better “Road” pictures-
Maybe the female members of ABBA could team up with Olivia Newton-John to become an Andrew Sisters tribute group.
Helen Reddy too is rested and ready!
Bring out the handkerchiefs.
My parents had most, if not all, of the Andrews Sisters’ recordings. I grew up listening to their music and the music of so many other artists of that era. They don’t make music like that anymore.
Rest in peace, Ms. Andrews.
Helen Reddy once recorded a song by Kim Fowley. Perhaps she could record an album of the Kim Fowley songbook (including cuts he wrote for the Runaways, Kiss, Warren Zevon, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Them...).
"It's root beer, Mr. Shane."
Was it the Andrews Sisters who sang “Choco-choco- choco-latta!” (that’s all I remember, and I’ve never found out)?
They sing this a bit slower than the instrumental versions so that the lyrics can be clearly heard.
Don't know if the bugle boy was based on a single person or not.
"Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?"