“So kiss me and say you understand”

Can’t let the passing of the last of the Andrews Sisters–Patty, yesterday at age 94, go by without commenting on how much I enjoyed their music. And I’m not the only one–the sisters sold 75 million records!

My favorite Andrews Sisters tune is the old Yiddish song, Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, whose lyrics Sammy Cahn brilliantly re-worked. It was a huge hit during World War II, and to this day is still one of the most hummable songs ever. I dare you to listen to it and not be singing it for the next week (it’s on YouTube). Pay attention to the delightful lyrics.

I always thought the sisters were Jewish but come to find out they were of Greek and Norwegian descent.