Last Surviving Member of the Andrews Sisters Dies

Published 01/31 2013 12:10PM

Updated 01/31 2013 12:12PM

The last surviving singer of the beloved Andrews Sisters group, Patty Andrews, has died at age 94, her lawyer, Richard Rosenthal, confirmed to NBC News.

Patty Andrews was the youngest and the group's lead singer. She was just 7 when she began singing with sisters LaVerne and Maxene, and 12 when they won the talent contest at Minneapolis' Orpheum Theatre, starting the groups career.

Sister Maxene once said of Patty, "Patty was the fun one of the group, the clown who kept us laughing during those endless periods of backstage boredom."

The Andrews Sisters, Minnesota natives, will forever be associated with World War II and the U.S.O. for such songs as the 1941 hits "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time," and 1942's "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree."

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