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    Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
    LaVerne Andrews (July 6, 1911-May 8, 1967)
    Maxene Andrews (January 3, 1916-October 21, 1995)
    Patty Andrews (February 16, 1918-January 30, 2013)
    Recorded the songs 'Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen' (1937), 'Beer Barrell Polka' (1939), 'Beat Me Daddy, Eight to a Bar' (1940), 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' (1941), 'In Apple Blossom Time' (1942), 'Strip Polka' (1942), 'Shoo-Shoo Baby' (1944), 'Rum and Coca-Cola' (1945), 'Rumors Are Flying' (1946), 'Christmas Island' (1946), 'Underneath the Arches' (1948), 'I Can Dream, Can't I' (1949) and 'I Wanna Be Loved' (1950)
    With Bing Crosby recorded 'Yodelin Jive' (1939), 'Pistol Packin Mama' (1943), 'Victory Polka' (1944), 'There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin When the Yanks Go Marchin In' (1944), 'Don't Fence Me In' (1944), 'Ac-Cent-Chu-Ate the Positive' (1945), 'The Three Caballeros' (1945) and 'South America, Take It Away' (1946)
    Appeared in the movies 'Buck Privates' (1941), 'Hold That Ghost' (1941), 'Follow the Boys' (1944) and 'The Road to Rio' (1947)
    Their ages ranged from 7 to 14 when they began performing professionally.
    Some bandleaders, such as Artie Shaw, resented them for taking attention away from the musicians.
    They temporarily broke up when Patty decided to make solo records and Maxene and LaVerne heard about the decision from a gossip columnist (1953).
    An attempt by Maxene and LaVerne to continue as a duo ended when Maxene overdosed on sleeping pills(1954).
    Patty and Maxene's comeback in the nostalgic Broadway show 'Over Here' (1974) ended when Patty and her husband filed a frivolous lawsuit against the producers.
    They had 46 Top Ten hits, more than Elvis or the Beatles.
    During World War II, they entertained soldiers in Africa and Europe, helped found the Hollywood Canteen, and were dubbed 'The Sweethearts of Armed Forces Radio' for their many appearances.
    Maxene suffered a heart attack on stage (1982). After undergoing a quadruple bypass, she returned to performing.

Credit: C. Fishel

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