“The Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”

They started their career as imitators of an earlier successful singing group, the Boswell Sisters, who were popular in the 1930s. After singing with various dance bands and touring in vaudeville with the likes of Leon Belasco(and his orchestra), and comic bandleader Larry Rich, they first came to national attention with their recordings and radio broadcasts in 1937, most notably via their major Decca record hit, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” (translation: “To Me, You Are Beautiful”), originally a Yiddish tune, the lyrics of which Sammy Cahn had translated to English and “which the girls harmonized to perfection.” They followed this success with a string of best-selling records over the next two years and they became a household name by the 1940s.

Instrumental to the sisters’ success over the years were their parents, Olga and Peter, their orchestra leader and musical arranger, Vic Schoen (1916–2000), and Jack and David Kapp, who founded Decca Records.

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