|Patty Andrews (right) and her sisters Laverne and Maxine sing for GIs|
disembarking in New York City in 1945
The Andrews Sisters were a close harmony singing trio who spanned the swing and boogie-woogie eras.
Their 1941 smash "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.
Bette Midler's 70s cover of that song became her first #1 hit.
The Andrews Sisters' harmonies and songs are still influential today and, apart from Midler, have been covered by entertainers such as The Puppini Sisters, Christina Aguilera and The Three Belles. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998.
The Andrews Sisters set female vocal group popular music records that remain unsurpassed:
- between 75-100 million records sold from a little over 600 recorded tunes
- 113 charted Billboard hits, 46 reaching Top 10 status (more than Elvis Presley or The Beatles)
- 17 Hollywood films (more than any other singing group in motion picture history)
Below, the Andrews Sisters trade songs with the Supremes, who do a fine job.