April 11, 2013
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.
March 21, 2013
Annette Funicello will always be remembered for her time on the original MICKEY MOUSE CLUB television show and as the star of the series of BEACH PARTY movies. What is sometimes forgotten is that she released 15 albums and dozens of singles. Oddly, despite her being a huge star, her records were only moderately successful. Ten of her singles managed to chart on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100 but only four reached the top 20.
“Indian Giver” was representative of her music as it was a light weight pop tune with simple lyrics and melody. Many of her single releases came with a picture sleeve but few so hokey as the one pictured here.
Annette the televisio starn and movie actor was symbolic of an era while Annette the singer remains an after thought. Still, many of her releases remain collectable with the legion of fans that have stuck with her through the years.
June 23, 2011
During the 1950s, Disney released a series of television programs about the life od Davy Crockett. Starring Fess Parker as Crockett and Buddy Ebson as his sidekick, Georgie Russell, they were huge successes. Millions of Davy Crockett items, such as mugs, hats, guns and the like were sold.
Enter Bill Hayes. He was part of Sid Caesar’s SHOW OF SHOW’s televion series and played Doug Williams on the soap opera, DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
While not noted as a singer, he would have two chart singles and one would be a huge hit.
It was Bill Hayes who released “The Ballad Of Davy Crockett” as a single on February 26, 1955. It would top the American Singles Charts for five weeks and sell over a million copies. Just about every school kid during the mid-1950’s could sing the lyrics.
Bill Hayes would go back to acting, but leave behind one of the iconic songs of the decade.
July 28, 2010
“Let’s Get Together” was child actress Hayley Mills only top ten single which was quite a feat as she was not really a singer. The picture sleeve shows her playing or holding a guitar and I don’t think she was a guitar player either.
What she was and is, is a very talented actress. At the time she was on the verge of become a poster girl for millions of young boys due to a series of movies with the Walt Disney Studio.
“Let’s Get Together” was taken from the movie “The Paren Trap” in which she played twins. It would reach number eight on the American singles chart in September of 1961.
In the final analysis it did not matter if the vocal was weak as people bought the record because of her star power.