The Andrews Sisters
The Andrew sisters were the most successful female vocal group of the first half of the 20th century in The Unites States of America. You can say they were the “Spice Girls” of that era. The three sisters consisted of Laverne Sophia, Maxine Angelyn “Maxene”, and Patricia Marie “Patty”. The Andrew Sisters unmistakable harmony helped them become the best selling vocal group of the WWII era and became the face and sound of America because of their bold patriotism. Their 1941 hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was introduced in an “Abott & Costello” war film in 1942. They were the perfect combination for the emerging “swing” sound of big dance bands. Their swing version of the Yeddish “Bei Mir Bistu Shein” was a huge hit and became the first gold record ever awarded to a female singing group. The Andrew Sisters also had a versatile sound and range in genres. During their career, they recorded songs from Russia, Spain, Mexico etc. They also played around with others genres outside their native scope like: jazz, ragtime, calypso, classical, gospel and folk.
They had many major hits in early all types of music ranging from swing to country western. This explains their longevity in the music industry and popularity with people around the world at the time.