The Andrews Sisters were a popular harmonizing singing group consisting of three sisters, Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews and Laverne Andrews. The trio was awarded 19 gold records representing sales of almost 100 million copies. They got their start in the Depression-era early 1930s, and their first big hit, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen", was recorded in 1937. Their other best-known hits included "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (first introduced in the Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comedy Buck Privates (1941), "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" and "Rum and Coca-Cola." With the entry of the United States into World War II, the sisters made frequent concert appearances at military bases, later traveling overseas to entertain the troops. Their career also included radio and television appearances.
Appeared in more films than any other singing groups in history.
Recorded 47 songs with Bing Crosby, 23 of which charted on Billboard, including the songs "Don't Fence Me In," "Take It Away" and "Jingle Bells".
Co-founded with Bette Davis and John Garfield California's Hollywood Canteen for US servicemen.
Dubbed "Sweehearts of the Armed Forces Radio Service" for their many USO appearances.
Their big hit "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon" was a favorite song of the Nazis until it was discovered that the song's composers were Jewish.
The girls incorporated a number of ethnic music styles into their popular songs (Israel, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Russia, Sweden and Mexico, to name a few).
Sang a number of commercial jingles for such products as Wrigley's gum, Dole pineapple and Campbell's soups.
LaVerne and Maxene were interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, with their parents.
Entertained extensively in America, Italy and Africa, visiting Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard bases, war zones, hospital and munitions factories. Perhaps second only to Bob Hope in their exhaustive efforts to entertain the troops.
The first female group to achieve a Gold Record award and the best-selling female vocal group ever, with a record that still remains unsurpassed (between 75-100 million). 46 of their hits reached the "Top 10" Billboard.
They initially jumpstarted their careers by imitating the early successful group The Boswell Sisters.
Youngest sibling Patty Andrews was only seven when the group was first formed and 12 when the trio won their first prize at a talent contest at the local Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis.
Recorded Miss "Lolita" Sailor for Decca in the UK and also "Mele Kalikimaka" in the USA.
They were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. ~SOURCE: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1679536/bio
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