Andrews Sisters Eight-to-the Bar Ranch

Andrews Sisters Eight-to-the Bar Ranch

Maxine Andrews
Born January 3, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died October 21, 1995 in Hyannis, Massachusetts of a heart attack

Patty Andrews
Born February 16, 1918 in Mound, Minnesota
Died January 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California of natural causes

LaVerne Andrews
Born July 6, 1911 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died May 8, 1967 in Brentwood, California of cancer

ABC, 1944-1946

A 30-minute musical variety program first appearing in December of 1944, with music by the Vic Schoen orchestra. The Andrews Sisters were LaVerne, Maxine and Patty, a singing trio who had a number of hit records in the 1940s. On this western-format program, Gabby Hayes was the ranch foreman, and a western singing group, Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage, appeared regularly. In 1946 the show was renamed the
N-K Musical Showroom," for Nash-Kelvinator, the sponsor. Curt Massey joined the Andrews Sisters and a special feature called "The N-K Green Room" was added, in which each week a different show business celebrity did the act for which he or she was best known. The announcers were Marvin Miller and Andre Baruch.

The Andrews Sisters were a prolific and hugely successful close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras, consisting of three actual sisters: LaVerne, Maxene and Patty – LaVerne Sophia, contralto and redhead; Maxene Angelyn, soprano and brunette; and Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews, mezzo-soprano, lead singer, and blonde. Their harmonies and songs are still influential today, and have been covered by entertainers such as Bette Midler, the Puppini Sisters and Christina Aguilera. Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998. Their hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.

The Andrews Sisters were the most sought-after entertainment property in theater shows worldwide during the 1940s and early 1950s, always topping previous house averages. Blonde Patty, brunette Maxene and redhead LaVerne headlined at the London Palladium in 1948 and 1951 to sold-out crowds. They hosted their own radio shows for ABC and CBS from 1944–1951, singing specially-written commercial jingles for such products as Wrigley's chewing gum, Dole pineapples, Nash motor cars, Kelvinator home appliances, Campbell's soups, and Franco-American food products.