Last of the Andrews Sisters Singing Trio Dead at 94

Group Flirted With Country Music as Pop Career Waned

Patty Andrews, the last of the Andrews Sisters singing trio — one the most popular recording acts of the 1940s — died at her home in California Wednesday (Jan. 30) at the age of 94.

Although the sisters chiefly sang pop music and charted regularly in Billboard magazine from 1940 to 1950, they also dipped their toes into country music, collaborating with such stars as Bing Crosby, Ernest Tubb and Red Foley , all of whom were on the same label that they were, Decca Records.

Paired with Crosby, the sisters first charted country in 1944 with “Pistol Packing Mama.” It reached No. 1. In 1949, they had two hit singles with Tubb — “I’m Bitin’ My Fingernails and Thinking of You” (No. 2) and “Don’t Rob Another Man’s Castle” (No. 6).

Although none of the recordings charted nationally, the sisters recorded at least seven songs with Foley during the early 1950s — “It Is No Secret,” “I Want to Be With You Always” (the Lefty Frizzell hit), “Satins and Lace,” “Hang Your Head in Shame,” “Where Is My Wandering Mother,” “She’ll Never Know” and “Bury Me Beneath the Willow.”

With Patty Andrews, Foley also recorded “Baby Blues” and “Unless You’re Free.”

The Andrew Sisters last pop single to chart, “I Wanna Be Loved,” came out in 1950.

Starting in 1949, Patty also began recording as a solo artist, but she achieved only modest success. Her charted singles were “The Pussy Cat Song” (1949), “Too Young” (1951) and “Suddenly There’s a Valley” (1955).

Maxene and LaVerne, the other sisters, died in 1995 and 1967, respectively.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to