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Published on May 28, 2011
The Andrews Sisters were a prolific and hugely successful close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras, consisting of three actual sisters: LaVerne, Maxene and Patty -- LaVerne Sophia, contralto and redhead (July 6, 1911 -- May 8, 1967); Maxene Angelyn, soprano and brunette (January 3, 1916 -- October 21, 1995); and Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews, mezzo-soprano, lead singer, and blonde (born February 16, 1918). Their harmonies and songs are still influential today, and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, the Puppini Sisters and Christina Aguilera. Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Their hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Girls" Lyrics: Down in the meadow in a little bitty pool Were three little fishes and their mommy fishy too Swim! said the mommy fishy, Swim if you can! And they swam and they swam right over the dam
cho: Boop boop dittum dattum wattum, choo (3x) And they swam and they swam all over the dam (repeats last line)
Stop! said the mommy fishy, You'll get lost! But the three little fishes didn't want to be bossed So the three little fishes set off on a spree And they swam and they swam right out to the sea
Whee yelled the fishes, oh here's a lot of fun. Swim in the sea 'til the day is done So they swam and they swam, it was all, a lark. 'Til all of a sudden they saw a shark.
Whoa cried the fishes, oh look at the whales Quick as they could they turned on their tails Back to the pool in the meadow they swam And swam and swam back over the dam.