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Thu Apr 24 21:14:06 SAST 2014

Last member of WWII Andrews Sisters dies aged 94

Sapa-AFP | 31 January, 2013 11:35
The singing group, The Andrews Sisters in 1952. From top: LaVerne, Patty, Maxene.
Image by: MCA-Music Corporation of America / Wikimedia Commons

Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of World War II singing trio the Andrews Sisters, died Wednesday aged 94, her publicist said.

The Andrews Sisters - Patty and siblings LaVerne and Maxene - were famous for hits including Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B and Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, with which they entertained troops on countless tours.

Patricia Marie Andrews died of natural causes at her home in Northridge, northwest of Los Angeles, according to spokesman Alan Eichler. She would have turned 95 in February, he said.

The sisters sold nearly 100 million records - including hits like I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much) and I Can Dream, Can't I? - and appeared in 16 films, with the likes of Abbott and Costello, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

LaVerne Andrews died of cancer in 1967 at age 55, while Maxene died in 1995 aged 79 of a heart attack. Patty is survived by foster daughter Pam DuBois, a niece and four cousins. Her husband Walter died in 2010.

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