'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' Singer Patty Andrews Of The Andrews Sisters Dies At 94
Singer Patty Andrews, 94, died on Wednesday at her home in Northridge, Calif. She was the last surviving member of the 1940s sibling supergroup The Andrews Sisters.
Patty and her sisters LaVerne and Maxene produced several hit songs, including "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and "I'll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time," which turned them into the sweethearts of U.S. troops serving overseas during World War Two.
The Andrews Sisters were the most successful female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century. One source lists 113 singles chart entries between 1938-1951, an average of more than eight per year.
The Andrew Sisters also performed with big band leaders Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, Bob Crosby and Desi Arnaz as well as Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Jimmy Durante.
In addition to singing, the sisters starred in films such as "Buck Privates" and "The Road to Rio," opposite Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
The trio kept performing together until LaVerne's death in 1967. Patty and Maxene parted ways for a while but reunited in 1974 for the Broadway show "Over Here!" Maxene died in 1995.
Patty's first husband, Martin Melcher, went on to become actress Doris Day's manager and husband. Patty later wed the Andrews Sisters' pianist and later manager, Walter Weschler, in 1952.