Minneapolis native Patty Andrews, of Andrews Sisters trio, dies at 94

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Minneapolis-born Patty Andrews, the youngest of the Andrews Sisters, the vocal trio whose hugely popular songs brought solace to a war-weary nation during World War II, died Wednesday at home in Los Angeles, the New York Times reported. She was 94.

Andrews as born Feb. 16, 1918 to a Norwegian mother and a Greek immigrant father who had changed his name from Andreos to Andrews when he came to America, the Times noted.

Patty was a soprano who sang lead in the group with siblings Maxene and LaVerne, and they became famous for tunes that helped rally the nation, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B),” “Rum and Coca-Cola” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me).” Patty was just 14 when they first sang in public. They got their start on Minnesota radio stations, CNN reported. They also performed at county fairs and vaudeville shows.

All three sisters were born and raised in the Minneapolis area, and they spent summers in Mound, Minn., on the western shores of Lake Minnetonka, the Associated Press reported. Patty had been the last surviving of the three.

The trio had a string of hits from the late 1930s through the 1940s. There were other singing sisters groups, but the Andrews Sisters did something new: they cavorted on stage in rhythm to the music, the AP noted.

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