H. Arlo Nimmo

Cultural anthropologist

The Andrews Sisters. A Biography and Career Record

The Andrews Sisters. A Biography and Career Record. 2004. Jefferson and London: McFarland & Company, Inc.

The Andrews Sisters. A Biography and Career RecordThe Andrews Sisters, the legendary singing trio from 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 made The Billboard’s weekly top 30.   They also made 18 movies, appeared regularly on radio and television, and entertained three generations of GIs.

Based on extensive library research, unpublished letters and interviews with family, friends and colleagues, H. Arlo Nimmo’s book documents not only the lives of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews but also the popular culture spanned by their long careers in vaudeville, records, radio, movies, television and club appearances. 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.

ISBN: 0786417315, 526 pages, 108 photos, 5 appendices, bibliography, index.

Finalist. 2005 Award for Best Research in Recorded Popular Music. Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.

“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 career, this is the book.” Catholic Library World

“Using an anthropological method and approach, Nimmo . . . provides a chronological narrative . . .  with a concern for accuracy that makes this the definitive ‘record’ of the Andrews Sisters’ personal and professional lives.”  Choice Reviews

“The author’s awesome amount of research solidifies this book as the definitive work on the musical trio . . .  The author not only helps us know their music better than ever, but also their personalities . . . All and all, this is a tremendously significant and perceptive volume, and essential reading for Andrews Sisters devotees.”  Classic Images

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