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, Maxene Angelyn, soprano and brunette, and Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews mezzo-soprano lead singer and blond. Their harmonies and songs are still in train today, covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, the Puppini Sisters and Christine Aguilera. Throughout their long career, the sisters had sold over well over 75 million records. The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Their hit number Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, can be considered an early recording of rhythm and blues or jump blues.
In 2008 and 2009 the BBC produced a one hour show of the history of the Andrews Sisters from growing up in Mound, Minnesota through to the present. The American premier of the show was June 21, 2009 in Mound. Also in 2008 Mound, Minnesota dedicated "The Andrews Sisters Trail". They spent summers in Mound with their uncles Pete and Ed Solie who had a grocery store there. Maxene Andrews always said that the summers in Mound created a major sense of "normalcy" and "a wonderful childhood" in a life that otherwise centered around the sisters' careers. The Westonka Historical Society has a large collection of Andrews Sisters memorabilia. They are survived by Patty the youngest at 92.
The sisters were born in Minnesota to a Greek immigrant father and a Norwegian American mother, Olga "Ollie" Andrews and Peter Andreas who took the name of Andrews. Patty, the youngest and the lead singer of the group, was only seven when the group was formed, and just 12 when they won first prize at a talent contest at the local Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, where LaVerne played piano accompaniment for the silent film showings in exchange for free dancing lessons for herself and her sisters. Once the sisters found fame and settled in California, their parents lived with them in a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles until their deaths. Several cousins from Minnesota followed them west. The sisters returned to Minneapolis at least once a year to visit family and friends and/or to perform.