Todays Throwback Thursday honors the passing of Minnesota native and music legend Patty Andrews who, until her death yesterday at the age of 94, was the last surviving member of the Andrew Sisters. The singing trio, originally from Mound, Minnesota, were famous for their jazzy tunes and coordinated dancing. Along with contemporary actors and performers like Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, and Doris Day (who was also Patty’s romantic rival), the Andrews Sisters spent the second world war singing for soldiers and raising morale in Europe and Africa. They also were sought after for WWII films and even performed on Broadway. Although the group broke up once in the early 50’s and again in the 60’s with the death of LaVerne Andrews, the group remains an icon of 1940’s swing and an important, if often overlooked, part of Minneapolis’s musical heritage.
The song Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B (yes the name is silly, but get over it) was one of their biggest hits and was put back on the charts in the 1970’s when Bette Middler covered the song in 1973. This clip is from the film “Buck Privates” and is a good example of what the Andrew Sisters were all about. (Also notice how risqué their dance moves are for a 1941 family film – I can totally see the Andrews Sisters being popular pin-up girls for the soldiers.)
As always tell us what you think about the Andrew Sisters or just how much you like these boogie woogie jazz babes (because the fact that you love them is already a given.)