They Began Singing In 1932, When Patty Was 14

They were the swinging, sassy voice of the home front for U.S. Service personnel overseas during World War II.
Their troupe, including sisters Laverne and Maxene, started singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola" that catapulted them to the top of the pop charts, they were a beloved American Institution, lifting the nation's spirits during a conflict whose outcome seemed to be in doubt.
THE TRIO SCORED THEIR FIRST SUCCESS WITH A YIDDISH SONG, "Bei Mir Bist du SChon" (to me you're grand) -- and it zoomed to No.1 and made them overnight stars.
From 1938 to 1951, they had 19 gold records, dozens of top 10 singles and record sales of nearly one million. They performed and recorded wih the biggest stars of their day, among them Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Danny Kaye, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Carmen Miranda.

As the last member of the trio to die, Patty Andrews was no doubt remembered best for her receiving a note from the commanding officer onstage as she was about to sing, and she read the note that told the war in Europe was over.

"Suddenly there was a roar. they knew they would be going home and they did." Soldiers everywhere remember Patty. She died of natural causes Wednesday at 94. Long may they rave.