Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy With The Andrew Sisters

January 2, 1941, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was recorded by The Andrews Sisters in Los Angeles, CA. The song was heard in the movie, "Buck Privates", starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

These vivacious sibling talents will forever be associated with their very active patriotic entertainment duty during World War II and the culture of the era. During the 1940s, the Andrew sisters found themselves in quite the demand earning $20,000 a week.

Born in Minnesota, LaVerne, the oldest sister, Maxene the middle sister and Patty the youngest sister all found a keen love for music at an early age. They were inspired by greats such as the Boswell Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme.

The Andrews Sisters became America's most popular female singing group with their first major success "Bei Mir" selling 350,000 copies. The song held the Billboard Number one slot for five weeks. This incredible achievement established The Andrews Sisters as successful recording artists and celebrities. The first all-female group to have a record go platinum, these sisters earned nine gold records, recorded over 700 songs and sold over 90 million records.

If these accomplishments aren't enough to have Vintage Allies (VAV!) listeners and readers doing the Jitterbug, there's more. The Andrew Sisters were one of the first vocal groups inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, they had over 100 songs on top 30 Billboard charts and 46 songs reached the top 10 on the Billboard charts. Yes, these sisters were also established radio personalities, and all totaled had made appearances in 17 Hollywood movies.

Some of the sisters hits in the early to mid forties include; “Rum and Coca Cola” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “I’ll be with you in Apple Blossom Time.”

Not too bad for three sisters from Minnesota.

Excerpt From Vintage Allies

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