Say Something Funny 45 by Patty Duke

April 15, 2012

Patty Duke first came to the public’s attention when she won an Oscar for her performance in the 1962 film, THE MIRACLE WORKER. She then went on to become a female teen idol as the star of THE PATTY DUKE SHOW, 1963-1965.

Like many young movie stars of the late 1950s and 1960s, she released a number of singles and albums hoping to cash in on her fame by becoming a recording artist as well.

He first release, “Don’t Just Stand There,” reached the American top 10. She returned to the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, October 2, 1965, with “Say Something Funny.” It proved to be another successful release as it peaked at number 22. The flip side, “Funny Little Butterflies,” which was taken from the movie BILLIE starring Duke, also charted at number 77. Duke’s singing career would end during 1966 with one more minor chart hit.

Duke had more than a passable voice but like many TV stars, when their series ended, so did their singing careers. She has gone on to a long and distinguished acting career, which has lasted down to the present day.

Swingin’ On A Star 78 by Bing Crosby

October 30, 2011

During July, August, and September of 1944 Bing Crosby had two songs spend a total of 13 weeks on top of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Singles Chart in the United States.

“Swingin’ On A Star” was originally sung by Crosby in the film, GOING MY WAY, and won the OSCAR for best song. Released as a single, it became the number one song in the country August 5, 1944 and remained in that position for nine consecutive weeks.

The song has since been covered by a variety of artists and remains an American standard. It also remains one of Bing Crosby’s most recognizable performances.