Patty Andrews, last of the sister trio

Patty Andrews
Patty Andrews
Posted: January 31, 2013

LOS ANGELES - Patty Andrews, 94, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio - whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II - died Wednesday, Jan. 30, of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, said a family spokesman.

Patty was the Andrews in the middle, the lead singer and chief clown, whose raucous jitterbugging delighted American servicemen abroad and audiences at home.

From the late 1930s through the 1940s, the Andrews Sisters produced one hit record after another. They recorded more than 400 songs and sold more than 80 million records, several of them going gold.

Other sisters, notably the Boswells, had become famous as singing acts, and like the Andrews - deep-voiced LaVerne, high-range Maxene, and middle-tone Patty - huddled before a microphone in close harmony. But the Andrews added a new dimension: During breaks in their singing, they cavorted about the stage in rhythm to the music. Their rise coincided with the advent of swing music, and their style fit perfectly into the new craze.

LaVerne died in 1967 of cancer, and Maxene died in 1995 of a heart attack.

Patty Andrews is survived by her foster daughter, Pam DuBois; a niece; and several cousins. Her husband, Walter Weschler, died in 2010.

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