The last Andrews Sister…and her inspirations

February 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm (jazz, Jim D, music, song, United States, war, women)

Patty Andrews died on 30 January, aged 94. She and her sisters Maxene and Laverne brought a lot of innocent fun and pleasure to millions during the dark days of WW2. Here they are making a V-Disc (a special non-commercial recording for US servicemen) of their hit ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’:

The Andrews Sisters based their style on the slightly earlier (late 20s, early 30s) Boswell Sisters. Now may not be the right time to say it, but I will anyway: The Boswells were far superior musicians and had a much more genuine and original jazz feel to their singing. But then they did come from New Orleans:

Washington Post obit here

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