At the Cape Symphony's Holiday on the Cape in December, the Cape’s own Anna McEntee, Jenn Dashnaw, and Jessica Curran will appear as the Andrews Sisters. But who were the Andrews Sisters, exactly? Many of us are familiar with their swinging harmonies. Did you know that with over 90 million records sold, they are the best-selling female group of all time? They even had more top 10 hits than Elvis or the Beatles.
Originally from Minnesota, LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty Andrews began singing as a group when Patty, the youngest, was only seven. Born in the 1910s to a Greek father and Norwegian mother, the sisters began touring in vaudeville when their father’s restaurant failed. The Andrews Sisters’ first big hit was "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Means That You're Grand)" in 1937. By the beginning of the 1940s, LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty were famous.
During World War II, the Andrews Sisters had several major hit songs, many of which were related to wartime and the military, such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),” and "A Hot Time In the Town of Berlin." The sisters entertained the troops across America and in Africa and Italy. Their other war efforts included volunteering at the Hollywood Canteen and the Stage Door Canteen in New York, appearing on Armed Forces Radio shows, recording Victory Discs for distribution to Allied Forces, and taking three randomly chosen servicemen out to dinner while on tour.
The Andrews Sisters collaborated with Bing Crosby frequently (he was the only artist to sell more records in the 1940s than the Andrews Sisters). One of their million-selling hits with Crosby was “Jingle Bells,” and with John Stevens as Crosby, our Cape Cod Andrews Sisters will perform the classic holiday song, among others, during Holiday on the Cape.
Please join us for Holiday on the Cape, and support our Holiday Toy Drive for local military families by bringing a new, unwrapped, packaged toy or a gift card to the performance. We have limited seating for some performances – don’t miss out on this heartwarming holiday tradition! Call 508.362.1111 or visit capesymphony.org.