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  1. Biak

    Biak Adjutant

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    The passing of an era continues:

    Patty Andrews, the last of the Andrews Sisters, the jaunty vocal trio whose immensely popular music became part of the patriotic fabric of World War II America, died on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 94. Lynda Wells, a niece, confirmed the death.
    With their jazzy renditions of songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B),” “Rum and Coca-Cola” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me),” Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews sold war bonds, boosted morale on the home front, performed with Bing Crosby and with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, made movies and entertained thousands of American troops overseas, for whom the women represented the loves and the land the troops had left behind.
    Patty, the youngest, was a soprano and sang lead; Maxene handled the high harmony; and LaVerne, the oldest, took the low notes. They began singing together as children; by the time they were teenagers they made up an accomplished vocal group. Modeling their act on the commercially successful Boswell Sisters, they joined a traveling revue and sang at country fairs and in vaudeville shows. Their big break came in 1937 when they were signed by Decca Records, but their first recording went nowhere.
    Their second effort featured the popular standard “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” but it was the flip side that turned out to be pure gold. The song was a Yiddish show tune, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means That You’re Grand),” with new English lyrics by Sammy Cahn, and the Andrews Sisters’ version, recorded in 1937, became the top-selling record in the country.
    Other hits followed, and in 1940 they were signed by Universal Pictures. They appeared in more than a dozen films during the next seven years — sometimes just singing, sometimes also acting. They made their film debut in “Argentine Nights,” a 1940 comedy that starred the Ritz Brothers, and the next year appeared in three films with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello: “Buck Privates,” “In the Navy” and “Hold That Ghost.” Their film credits also include “Swingtime Johnny” (1943), “Hollywood Canteen” (1944) and the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby comedy “Road to Rio” (1947).
    After selling more than 75 million records, the Andrews Sisters broke up in 1953 when Patty decided to go solo. By 1956 they were together again, but musical tastes were changing and they found it hard to adapt. When LaVerne Andrews died of cancer in 1967, no suitable replacement could be found, and Patty and Maxene soon went their separate ways. Patty continued to perform solo, and Maxene joined the staff of a private college in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
    Patricia Marie Andrews was born on Feb. 16, 1918, in Minneapolis. Her father, Peter, was a Greek immigrant who changed his name from Andreos to Andrews when he came to America. Her mother, Olga, was Norwegian.
    Like her older sisters, Patty learned to love music as a child (she also became a good tap dancer), and she did not have to be persuaded when Maxene suggested that the sisters form a trio in 1932. She was 14 when they began to perform in public.
    As their fame and fortune grew, the sisters came to realize that the public saw them as an entity, not as individuals. In a 1974 interview with The New York Times, Patty explained what that was like: “When our fans used to see one of us, they’d always ask, ‘Where are your sisters?’ Every time we got an award, it was just one award for the three of us.” This could be irritating, she said with a touch of exasperation: “We’re not glued together.”
    The Andrews Sisters re-entered the limelight in the early 1970s when Bette Midler released her own recording of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” modeled closely on theirs. It reached the Top 10, and its success led to several new compilations of the Andrews Sisters’ own hits.
    The previous year, Patty Andrews had appeared in a West Coast musical called “Victory Canteen,” set during World War II. When the show was rewritten for Broadway and renamed “Over Here!,” the producers decided that the Andrews Sisters were the only logical choice for the leads. They hired Patty and lured Maxene back into show business as well. The show opened in March 1974 and was the sisters’ belated Broadway debut. It was also the last time they sang together.

    Had to add this. Crank it up!

    [video=youtube;qafnJ6mRbgk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qafnJ6mRbgk[/video]
     
  2. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard

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    I just read this. Glad you posted it.
     
  3. Biak

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    I just saw it this evening also. They probably deserve a spot in the Roll of Honor but felt the FreeFireZone was good. You know when I see stories like these it sometimes makes me wonder if we really are better off today. Think I'll go loose myself in some 40's music. :(

    guess I could share : 100 Andrews Sisters songs on autoplay.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C60iYHFE2pI&list=AL94UKMTqg-9DdZwgO3FAfRxLF9JEEEBc1
     
  4. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy

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    I liked their music greatly. I did not realize that she was still alive.
     
  5. Skipper

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    Rest in peace :poppy:
     
  6. Victor Gomez

    Victor Gomez Ace

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    So many times I heard these songs......sung by my parents as a Duet, as my dad was good at playing guitar to about any song you can think of. The strange thing is I never heard the originals just their renditions of them that I eventually came to enjoy as they were a very good duet. When I go.......the one punishment I demand from the gates of St. Peter is that they kick me extremely hard in the behind for never recording them in their many tunes that they sang so well. (made up mostly of 40's hits) My dad actually went into one of those recording parlors where a song could be performed and then mailed to someone at home.....he mailed a recording(vinyl on metal record) of his rendition of "Tears on my Pillow" as done by Fred Rose and Gene Autry....and sent it to my mom. Needless to say us kids played it til it wouldn't play any more as foolish kids would do. When he got home from the war.....my mom and him would sing that song together, harmonize so well us kids were always moved by their performance. Needless to say a tear or two comes to my eyes each time I hear one of those 40's tunes when sang by the original artists. Now and then, I learn where they got their tunes, so often sung while I was growing up.
     
  7. The_Historian

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    Aye... still great music after all these years.:cool:
     
  8. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Thanks for posting this, Rog. Very sad to hear Patty has passed. :(
     

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