Thursday, April 11, 2013

Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello, who died the other day aged 74, was a much bigger star in the US than the UK.
She made her name as a star of the Mickey Mouse Club on US TV and appeared in a number of beach movies with the likes of Frankie Avalon. But her wholesome persona didn't transfer to the UK and her rather mindless records, such as Tall Paul (released on an EP on the Disney Gala label), Pineapple Princess, O Dio Mio and Muscle Beach Party had little impact on this side of the ocean. Her best record was also her last UK 45: Monkey's Uncle in which she partnered the Beach Boys. 
Ken Major asked who the UK equivalent of Annette was: my suggestion would be Hayley Mills, also a young and fairly untalented actress cum/singer, or maybe Susan Maughan.


At 7:57 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love 'the Monkey's Uncle' and before you say it 'the Monkey's uncle's ape for me'


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