The Andrews Sisters

A Biography and Career Record


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About the Book

The Andrews Sisters, the legendary singing trio of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s are the most successful female singing group in history and were the world’s top selling group until the Beatles arrived. Of the 605 songs they recorded, 113 charted. They also made 18 movies, appeared regularly on radio and television, and entertained three generations of GIs. Based on extensive research, unpublished letters, and interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, this book documents not only the lives and work of the Andrews Sisters but also the popular culture spanned by their long careers. The book contains a complete discography of their released, unreleased, and solo recordings, including recording dates, record numbers, and accompaniment. Also included are a filmography and documentation of their radio and television appearances.

About the Author(s)

Cultural anthropologist H. Arlo Nimmo has published eight books and dozens of articles. He is professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University East Bay and lives in San Francisco.

Bibliographic Details

H. Arlo Nimmo

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 526
Bibliographic Info: 108 photos, discography, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007 [2004]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3260-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0482-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

One. 1887–1932      9
Two. 1932–1934      31
Three. 1934–1937      55
Four. 1938–1939      77
Five. 1940–1941      103
Six. 1942–1943      133
Seven. Interlude: A Closer Look at the Sisters      173
Eight. 1944–1945      187
Nine. 1945–1947      225
Ten. 1948–1949      249
Eleven. 1950–1953      273
Twelve. 1954–1956      301
Thirteen. 1957–1968      323
Fourteen. 1968–1974      353
Fifteen. 1975–1987      377
Sixteen. 1987–2002      395

Afterword      411
Appendices      419
Notes      461
Bibliography      479
Index      499

Book Reviews & Awards

  • Finalist, ARSC Award for Excellence
  • “the most substantial record yet…awesome amount of research…definitive…skillfully sifts through tons of contradictory information to get to the true facts…amazing…the USO section is outstanding (including the rare photos)…tremendously significant and perceptive…essential…terrific photos”—Classic Images
  • “the definitive record of the Andrews Sisters’ personal and professional lives”—Choice
  • “wonderful photographs…the author really did his homework in researching and writing this book. For those interested in the definitive reference on the Andrews Sisters, to fans interested in learning about their fascinating careers, this is the book…wonderful nuggets of information”—Catholic Library World
  • “excellent…great information”—Penguin Comics