The 'girl' singing trio, the Andrews Sisters, were at the pinnacle of their success during World War Two. Dame Vera Lynne was the British Forces sweetheart but the more 'rocking' Andrews Sisters charmed both British and American forces.
A 'swing' trio, their famous hits included, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree. Whilst they had great harmonies and sweet voices they were more lively than the likes of Vera Lynne. These girls rocked.
Patty was the lead singer and brought more than a touch of humour to the trio. In between the vocals the girls danced around the stage, adding a further dimension to their act. They were more sexy than girl bands of the day.
The Andrews Sisters sang with big name bands of the day. Bands such as Glen Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. They also appeared in films, notably in Buck Privates and Hold That Ghost, plus with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in Road To Rio. During their long areer the girls sold 75 million records.
The two other 'Sisters' died some time ago. LaVerne Andrews died of cancer way back in 1967. Maxene Andrews died in 1995 of a heart attack.
Patty died at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, said family spokesman Alan Eichler in a statement. She died of natural causes. RIP