Feb. 16, 1918 Minneapolis Hennepin County Minnesota, USA
Jan. 30, 2013 Northridge Los Angeles County California, USA
Singer. She shall be remembered as one third of the legendary trio The Andrews Sisters. Born Patricia Marie Andrews to a Greek immigrant family originally named Andreas, she was raised along with her sisters Maxine and La Verne in the Minneapolis suburbs; the girls formed their ensemble when Patty, who became the lead vocalist, was seven then when she was 12 they won their first major competition. They refined their art at county fairs and in Vaudeville then as their skills and popularity increased the sisters moved to New York, where they had some radio gigs, in 1937 and thence to Southern California. Also in 1937 they saw their first big hit with Sammy Cahn's "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon", a piece that was popular in Germany until the Nazis found out that Cahn was Jewish and banned it. Further success followed with such tunes as "Don't Fence Me In", "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar", and "Rum and Coca Cola" then with the coming of World War II they devoted themselves to assisting the war effort. The sisters recorded Irving Berlin's "Any Bonds Today?", entertained the troops throughout the world and on Armed Forces Radio, and helped found the Hollywood Canteen as a hangout for servicemen. They topped the charts with 1941's "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and thru the 1940s recorded with most of the Big Band leaders of the time including Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey, and Desi Arnaz, while being seen in about a dozen films including "Buck Privates" and "In the Navy" (both 1941) and Bob Hope's 1947 "Road to Rio". While the sisters always performed well there was offstage infighting which was made worse when Patty's second husband Walter Weschler (married 1951) demanded more money for her. Still, the trio continued to play such major venues as Las Vegas and London and recorded such songs as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", "Satin Doll", and "Still". Their last appearance came on the "Dean Martin Show" in 1966 though their professional association did not officially end until La Verne's 1967 death from cancer. Patty and Maxine (deceased 1995) remained estranged, with Patty having something of a solo career, though they did reunite for a joint 1974 Broadway debut in "Over Here!" and again appeared together when they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame in 1987. Over their time before the public The Andrews Sisters sold about 75,000,000 discs and had 19 Gold Records while seeing their material 'covered' by countless artists. Patty lived out her days in her adopted home and died of the effects of advanced age with much of her massive recorded legacy remaining in print. (bio by: Bob Hufford)
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