The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
The End of an Era

This week Patty Andrews, the last of the famous Andrews sisters singers, died at age 94 in Los Angeles. The three sisters—Maxene, Patty, and LaVerne—were in vogue during the 1940s and ’50s, and they are still remembered for catchy songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.” The BBC has more:

The Andrews Sisters sold more than 75 million records and entertained World War II troops in Africa and Europe.

The sisters specialised in swing and played with some of the top band leaders of the era, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

They also appeared in 16 films, including alongside Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Buck Privates and with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in Road to Rio.

The Andrews sisters were incredibly talented musicians and early forerunners of the central place women hold in the music industry today. They will be missed. Readers unfamiliar with their music can start here:

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Published on February 1, 2013 7:00 pm