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Swing It! The Andrew Sisters Story
John Sforza

During the mid-20th century, as American soldiers prepared for war, three young gals from the Midwest prepared to take the world by storm. They practiced their sweet harmonies and hoped that audiences would enjoy their gleeful, up-tempo tunes. But little did Patti, Maxine, and LaVerne Andrews know that they would leave a revolutionary mark on the future of all female singing groups and the entire swing movement.

The Andrews Sisters’ professional and personal metamorphosis is revealed in John Sforza’s entertaining and educational biography, Swing It! The Andrews Sisters Story. The book offers a chronological journey from the inception of the sisters’ career to LaVerne’s untimely death and the group’s demise, as Sforza deftly walks us through the milestones that shaped the lives of these talented women and the music of an era. The author handles The Andrews Sisters’ early years with particular vigor, offering the reader a behind-the- scenes look at the group’s personal dynamics, without being exploitative or judgmental. Sforza’s detailed appendix of the sisters’ show-biz career provides interesting historical statistics - such as which of the Andrews Sisters’ hits were most frequently played on jukeboxes during World War II—and a record of their filmography. Such sweeping data makes the gravity of their influence on history more tangible. The book also includes a photographic essay of the group’s career.

A readable, informational journey, Swing It! is a great selection not just for those enamored of The Andrew Sisters, but also for anyone interested in swing’s influence on American history.

- Laura Dave

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