Patty Andrews is the youngest sister of ‘The Andrews Sisters’ which was an American singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. Patty was the lead singer of the close harmony trio, The Andrews Sisters. The Andrews Sisters are considered one of the most influential singers of their era and their harmonies and songs still tend to influence many more in today’s era as well.
Patty Andrews Age, Parents, Siblings, and Education
Patty Andrews a.k.a Patricia Marie Andrews was born on February 16, 1918, in Mound, Minnesota, USA to her Greek Catholic immigrant father Peter Andreos (Andrews), and her Lutheran mother Olga ‘Ollie’Andrews who was from Norway.
Patty grew up with her two elder sisters; Maxene Andrews, and LaVerne Andrews in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Patty attended the Franklin Junior High School and North High School in Minneapolis along with her sisters and Mr. Andrews wanted his daughters to enroll in higher education to become secretaries.
Patty Andrews Husband and Children
Patty Andrews was first married to agent Marty Walter Melcher in 1947 but their marriage ended after two years when Marty met singer Doris Day. Patty then got married to her group’s pianist, Wally Weschler in 1951, and the couple was happily married for more than 58 years. Patty along with Wally has an adoptive daughter named Pam DuBois.
Patty Andrews Net Worth
The total net worth of Patty Andrews before her death was estimated from USD $ 1 million to USD $ 5 million. Her direct source of income was her career with The Andrews Sisters as well as her solo career in both singing and acting.
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Career Before the 1950s
Patty Andrews was just ten years old when ‘The Andrews Sisters’ were discovered by Larry Rich, who offered them a job with his traveling reassessment and the sisters. The sisters then moved to NYC to pursue their dreams of singing and started their career as imitators of an earlier successful singing group named ‘The Boswell Sisters’.
They had been touring in vaudeville with Leon Belasco and Larry Rich when they first gained national attention with their recordings and radio broadcasts through their major Decca record hit entitled ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schön’ which translates to ‘To Me, You Are Beautiful’ in 1937, the song was written by Sammy Cahn had translated to English.
Their fame rose after a loop of best-selling records over the years which helped them to become a household name by the end of the 1940s. The Andrews Sisters were popular and successful even during the second world war.
They came into the highest peak in both popularity and success after releasing hit songs like ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ which was a World War II jump blues song written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince, ‘Three Little Sisters’, ‘Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)’ which was made by Glenn Mille; whose lyrics unfolded the words of two young lovers destined to fall apart because of the war, ‘A Hot Time In the Town of Berlin’, ‘Sonny Boy’, ‘The Nickel Serenade’, ‘Pistol Packin’ Mama’, ‘Down In the Valley’ and ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ to name a few.
The sisters also visited the Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard bases, war zones, hospitals, and munitions factories during the war, their singing helped to treat PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) among the soldiers and entertained the Allied forces extensively in Africa, and Italy, as well as in the U.S.A.
They also worked in comedy films like Buck Privates and Private Buckaroo singing their hit songs.
Career After the 1950s
The success of the trio came to a halt in 1953 when the group broke up due to the departure of Laverne, who left New York to study dramatics and become a housewife after her marriage.
After the breakup of the group, Patty was signed by Capitol Records for her solo career. However, the trio got reunited in 1956 and was signed by the same records. But their new songs didn’t do well in the market so the group got signed by Dot Records in 1967 and recorded a series of stereo albums with hit songs like ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’, ‘Still’, ‘The End of the World’, ‘Sailor’, and ‘Satin Doll’.
The career of The Andrews Sister officially finished after the death of the eldest sister, LaVerne in 1967. Although Maxene and Patty continued their performance, it was not consistent and the sisters parted ways in 1968.
Career in Tv
After the departure from The Andrews Sisters, Patty pursued her career in acting as was featured in Lucille Ball’s third series Here’s Lucy in 1969.
At the age of 94, Patty Andrews passed away in Northridge, California, at her home.
Here are few facts on Patty Andrews:
- Her nickname ‘Patty’ was given to her by her father.
- Alan Eichler, who is a talent manager and producer, was her friend.
- The Andrews Sister made the record of close to 100 million sales and 19 gold records.
Patty Andrews Wiki and Bio
|Other Name||Patricia Marie Andrews|
|Birth Date||February 16, 1918|
|Birth Place||Mound, Minnesota, USA|
|Death Date||January 30, 2013|
|Age at Death||94|
|Body Measurement (Height)||4 feet 10 inch (148cm or 1.48 m approx)|
|Father’s Name||Peter Andreos (Andrews)|
|Mother’s Name||Olga ‘Ollie’Andrews|
|Siblings||Maxene Andrews, LaVerne Andrews|
|Spouse||Marty Walter Melcher (divorced) 1947-1949Wally Weschler (1951-)|
|Children||Pam DuBois (Adopted daughter)|
|Net Worth||USD $1 million to USD $ 5 million|
|Popular Works||Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Rum and Coca Cola, Three Little Sisters|
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