Maxine Andrews, one-third of the Andrews Sisters...


Maxine Andrews, one-third of the Andrews Sisters trio that sang "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B" and a string of other swing hits, died early Saturday in Hyannis, Mass. She was 79.

Ms. Andrews of Auburn, Calif., died at Cape Cod Hospital after suffering a heart attack while vacationing on Cape Cod.

Ms. Andrews and her sisters Patti and LaVerne were one of the most successful women's singing groups, with 19 gold records and sales of nearly 100 million copies.

At the height of their popularity in the 1940s, the Andrews Sisters appeared in 16 films, including "Buck Privates," "In the Navy," "How's About It?" "Hollywood Canteen" and "Road to Rio." They also had their own radio show, "Eight-to-the-Bar Ranch."

LaVerne Andrews died in 1967, and the group officially broke up the next year after trying out a possible replacement. Patti Andrews lives in Northridge, Calif.

Maxine Andrews began a solo career in 1979. Her last performance was Oct. 8 in the show "Swing Time Canteen" her off-Broadway debut in New York City's Blue Angel Theatre.

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