Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the first female super group: the Andrews Sisters!
The Andrews Sisters were the predominant female group for the 1940s, with sales of over 80 million records.
They had appeared previously in a couple of Ritz Brothers movies. I first became aware of the Andrews Sisters through their appearance in the Abbott and Costello movie “Buck Privates.”
Their first big hit was in 1938, the German influenced “Bir Mir Bist Du Schon” (To Me, You are Beautiful).
They really kicked in with chart topping hits like:
- “Beer Barrel Polka“,
- “Beat Me Daddy Eight to The Bar“
- “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree With Any Else But Me,
… and their signature song, “Rum and Coca Cola.”
The Andrews Sisters are primarily associated with entertainment during World War II.
They were popular not only for their songs and movies, but their appearances at the Hollywood Canteen, in conjunction with Bette Davis and John Garfield:
They also performed overseas to support American troops in such war zones as Africa and Italy.
As with many groups, they had a fallout: in the 50’s, when Patty Andrews decided to go solo.
They saw a huge resurgence in popularity during the early 70’s when Bette Midler recorded their version of “Boogie Woogie Boy.”
And they had a hit Broadway play with “Over Here,” which featured future stars John Travolta, Marilu Henner, Treat Williams and Ann Reinking (who will be featured in a further installment).
…to be continued!
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