Annette Funicello passed away a couple of days ago at the age of 70. As a Baby Boomer I worshipped Annette during her time on the Mickey Mouse Club. She was one of the early superstars of the television era. I followed along as she starred in the series of Beach Party movies and then sort of tucked my memories of her into that nostalgic place that many adults have for things of their youth.
She issued a series of successful singles, 1959-1961, with ten charting on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100. “Dream Boy” was her last chart single. Released during early 1961, it only reached number 87 during its two weeks on the chart. It was a re-working of the 1880 tune “Funiculi-Funcula.” It was typical of the non-offensive light weight material she would issue.
She was one of the people that defined an era and while her career never matched those early days, she remained an icon for the baby boom generation that aged along with her.