Yesterday the last remaining Andrews sisters passed away. Patty Andrews, who was the youngest of the 3 singing sisters, died at the age of 95 in Northridge, California. The Andrews Sisters were a highly successful close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia Andrews (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxene Angelyn Andrews (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie “Patty” Andrews (February 16, 1918 – January 30, 2013). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s).
Maxene, Patty, and LaVerne appeared in 17 Hollywood films. And that’s how I know them – among the 17 movies are the Abbott & Costello movies Buck Privates, In The Navy & Hold That Ghost (the ladies were signed with Universal Studios). I loved those movies and the girls singing in it.