With the death of Patty Andrews on January 30, 2013, an era of music is gone too. Patty Andrews, along with her sisters LaVerne and Maxene, sang the Boogie-Woogie music of the late 1930s and the 1940s.
Patricia Marie (Patty) Andrews was the lead singer and the youngest of the sisters. She was born on February 16, 1918 and was only 7 when the sisters began singing together.
LaVerne Sophia Andrews was born on July 6, 1911 and died from cancer on May 8, 1967. After her death the two sisters continued to perform together with for another year when Maxene became the Dean of Women at Tahoe Paradise College.
Maxene Angelyn Andrews was January 3, 1916 and died on October 21, 1995.
The sisters first came to national attention with their recordings and radio broadcasts in 1937. One of their early hits was Bei Mir Bist Du Schön originally a Yiddish tune. They followed this success with a string of best-selling records over the next two years and they became a household name by 1940.
Even though they recorded in the decades of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s they can be considered the best-selling female vocal group in the history of popular music. They recorded a little over 600 songs of which 113 charted on Billboard charts. 46 of these reached Top 10 status (more than Elvis Presley or The Beatles). They appeared in 17 movies.