Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters passed away today. She was 94.
In this Oct. 1, 1987 file photo, Patty, left, and Maxine Andrews, of the famed Andrews Sisters, smile as they hold their star plaques which they received as they accepted a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Patty Andrews, the last survivor of the three singing Andrews sisters, has died in Los Angeles at age 94. Andrews died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at her home in suburban Northridge of natural causes, said family spokesman Alan Eichler. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
The Andrews Sisters were America’s most popular female singing group. Patty, the youngest sister, was a loud and energetic blond who headed the group with her confident vocals. The middle sister was Maxene, a brunette, whose harmonic range gave the impression of four voices instead of three. Finally, completing the trio was the eldest, LaVerne, a strong willed red head with a witty sense of humor and an eye for fashion. In the 1940’s the Andrews Sisters were the most profitable stage attraction in the entire nation, earning $20,000 a week.
They were patriotic, clean, beautiful, God-fearing and amazingly talented.
They were from a different time. When Hollywood loved the country and the military, when socialism was scorned, when God was in schools and condoms were at drug stores.
Here is the Andrews Sisters singing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
Rest in peace, Patty Andrews.