Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing group the Andrews Sisters, died today at age 94, the Los Angeles Times reported. Her death, in Los Angeles, was from natural causes.
The three real life sisters – Patty, Maxene and LaVerne – boosted morale at home and entertained troops abroad during World War II with 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),” the New York Times reported.
"Looking back nostalgically at the war years, three memories come immediately to mind: Eagles, flags and the Andrews Sisters," journalist Rex Reed told the Toronto Star in 1992, according to the LA Times. "LaVerne sang low, Maxene sang high, and Patty was the bouncy blond in the middle, singing and swaying to the melody."
Their first big hit was their 1937 English-language version of “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Means That You’re Grand),” which became the top-selling record in the US, the New York Times reported.
The Andrews Sisters also appeared as themselves in the films "Buck Privates" and "In the Navy" with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello and “The Road to Rio” with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, the LA Times reported.
They performed together until 1953, and then again after 1956, but broke up when LaVerne died of cancer in 1967, the New York Times reported. Patty and Maxene later had a falling out over a 1974 Broadway show built around their music called “Over Here!” and never reconciled.