Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (1941)

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The Andrew Sisters: LaVerne (contralto, born July 6, 1911, died May 8, 1967), Maxene (soprano, born January 3, 1916, died October 21, 1995) and Patty (mezzo-soprano and lead, born February 16, 1918). All three were born in Minnesota to a Greek immigrant father and a Norwegian American mother.

The Andrews Sisters are the best-selling female vocal group in the history of popular music, setting records that remain unsurpassed to this day.

They have sold between 75 to 100 million records from over 600 recorded songs. They have 113 charting Billboard hits, 46 of them Top 10 hits, more than Elvis Presley or the Beatles. They starred in 17 Hollywood films, more than any other singing group in motion picture history.
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was an iconic World War II song, though it was recorded (at Decca's Hollywood studios) on January 2, 1941, nearly a year before the United States entered WWII.

The Andrews Sisters introduced the song in the 1941 Abbott and Costello film Buck Privates. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, but lost to the Jerome Kern tune "The Last Time I Saw Paris".

Chart position: #6 (US).

Written by:
Hugh Prince (music) and Don Raye (lyrics).

Don Raye was a vaudevillian who also wrote other hits for the Andrew Sisters, such as "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar", "The House of Blue Lights" and "Just For A Thrill".

Also by: Bette Midler, a virtual note-for-note version of the Andrew Sisters' version. It reached #8 (US) in 1973.

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