The girls from Minnesota really were sisters. On The Andrews Sisters official website is a quote from Maxene:
"The wonderful thing was that we were together
for so many years. We dressed together,
we slept together, we roomed together,
we went shopping together, and of course
we rehearsed together. We never separated.”
The Andrews Sisters were synonymous with the 1940s, with songs like "Rum and Coca-Cola," "Apple Blossom Time," "Beer Barrel Polka," and many more. During World War II, they spoke to the separation of loved ones in songs like "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." They were also morale boosters, and one of their biggest hits is also the one we probably know best, because it was also a hit for Bette Midler: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
While Laverne and Maxene are no longer with us, Patty recently celebrated her 94th birthday in California.
I plan to learn more about the 1940s by touching history, as a volunteer indexer for the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project.