Patty Andrews, Last Surviving Member Of The Andrews Sisters Dies, Aged 94
The singer Patty Andrews has passed away at the age of 94, The Telegraph have reported. She was the last remaining member of The Andrews Sisters, the war-time entertainment group that entertained allied forces and passed away from natural causes at her home in Los Angeles, a family spokesperson confirmed.
The Andrews Sisters comprised of Patty, along with La Verne Sophia Andrews and Maxene Angelyn Andrews. Patty was the youngest sister of the group and was the lead singer. The sisters were born in Minnesota and started their musical careers in local talent shows. Their swing and boogie woogie hits later became staple entertainment for allied forces during World War II and they recorded a series of Victory Discs to distribute for free amongst the soldiers. By the mid 1970s, The Andrews sisters had sold over 75 million records. In 1998, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, alongside The Supremes and The Beach Boys.
Bette Midler – who covered the Andrews Sisters’ hot ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ – paid tribute to Patty, saying “When I was a kid, I only had two records and one of them was the Andrews Sisters. They were remarkable. Their sound, so pure. Everything they did for our nation was more than we could have asked for. This is the last of the trio, and I hope the trumpets ushering (Patty) into heaven with her sisters are playing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”