Maxene Andrews

Last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters dead at 94

1307890689_folderABC News is reporting that the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters, Patty Andrews, died today at age 94.

Andrews died in her suburban Northridge home of natural causes, according to family spokesman Alan Eichler.

Andrews was one part of a trio of sisters who made up the most influential, all female, singing group of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

The group was responsible for hits such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” and “Don’t Fence Me In.”

Recording many songs with fellow singer Bing Crosby in the ‘40s, the Andrew Sisters became a household name.

After a brief breakup during the early ‘50s, the sisters reunited in 1956. In 1967 eldest sister LaVerne died of cancer, followed by Maxene’s death in 1995 from a heart attack.

The last appearance the trio made together was on The Dean Martin Show in 1966.

In 1972 Bette Midler released her debut album, The Divine Miss M, on Atlantic Records, which included her rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” breathing new life into the career of surviving members Patty and Maxene.
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