Last Andrews sister, Patty, dies in LA aged 94

The Andrews Sisters in 1947. From left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne The Andrews Sisters, from left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne, epitomised the 1940s era

The last surviving member of The Andrews Sisters - the popular singing trio of the 1940s and 1950s - has died in California at the age of 94.

Patty Andrews's spokesman, Alan Eichler, said she died from natural causes at her Los Angeles home.

Patty was the youngest of the sisters whose hits included Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.

The Andrews Sisters sold more than 75 million records and entertained World War II troops in Africa and Europe.

The sisters specialised in swing and played with some of the top band leaders of the era, including Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

They also appeared in 16 films, including alongside Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Buck Privates and with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in Road to Rio.

The sisters, who were born in Minnesota, started their careers by performing in local talent shows and later moved to California.

LaVerne Andrews died of cancer in 1967 and Maxene Andrews died in 1995 after suffering a heart attack.

In an interview in 1971, Patty said: "There were just three girls in the family. LaVerne had a very low voice. Maxene's was kind of high, and I was between. It was like God had given us voices to fit our parts."

Paying tribute to Patty, singer Bette Midler said: "When I was a kid, I only had two records and one of them was the Andrews Sisters. They were remarkable. Their sound, so pure."

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