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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Don't Rat Me Out Just Because I Love Pop Songs by Child Stars and Kids of Celebrities


and I’m Beaver.

Gilbert couldn’t
make it
on accounta he’s grounded
for making jello in the toilet.

Eddie was
gonna be here, too,
but he’s still
back at the house
trying to
convince mom
to be his date
for the dance
Saturday night.

welcome to
our special salute to
child actors
who decided
to go all
Johnny Bravo
on us and
pop songs.

Let’s get started!

Ricky Nelson grew up on his real life family's sitcom
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. When Ricky emerged as
a talented rock 'n roll singer, his performances became a regular feature of the show. From the spring and summer of 1961, here's one of Rick's biggest hits, "Travelin' Man."

During the 1950's, Annette Funicello became famous as the beautiful, prominently featured and heavily promoted mousketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club.

In an April 1962 episode of Walt Disney's Wonderful World
of Color
entitled Disneyland After Dark, Annette sang
"Come Along and Dance with Me," a song from her 1961 album Dance Annette.

Paul Petersen and Shelley Fabares were Jeff and Mary,
brother and sister in that other family Stone on television's The Donna Reed Show. Along with their acting fame both became successful recording stars. From the spring of 1962 here's Paul's hit novelty record "She Can't Find Her Keys."

At the same time that Paul Petersen's "Keys" was charting, Shelley Fabares had a pop single of her own in play. Shelley's record was a smash, soaring to #1 in the land and lasting 15 weeks on Billboard. Here's Shelley singing her girl group style hit "Johnny Angel."

Dino was Dean Martin, Jr. Desi was the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Billy was a Beverly Hills schoolmate. The trio scored a hit in the summer of 1965 with "I'm a Fool."

As is often the case, product endorsements soon followed
for the young hitmakers. Here are Dino, Desi & Billy in a
nicely executed mid-60s commercial for RC Cola.

Child actress Patty Duke was beside herself as identical cousins on The Patty Duke Show. In the summer of 1965, Patty did the Lesley Gore thing and gave us the memorable hit, "Don't Just Stand There."

Gary Lewis, the son of comedy legend Jerry Lewis, was underrated as a recording artist. With his band the Playboys, Gary turned out some excellent 60's pop songs. Here's a great one from the fall of 1965, "Everybody Loves a Clown."

Frank Sinatra's a tough act to follow, but daughter Nancy proved herself worthy of the challenge by recording a string of hits. Nancy's celebrity landed her this gig in another ad
for Royal Crown Cola.

Some of Nancy's best work was the result of her teaming up with Lee Hazlewood. In the summer of 1967 Nancy and Lee portrayed a restless married couple engaged in spirited vocal sparring in "Jackson."

Well, there you have it, Beav.
Boy meets girl...boy marries girl...
boy messes up...girl reads him the riot act. Next thing you know, they're splitsville. Here comes the good part - they probably end up missing each other so much that they get back together and start all over again. No wonder they call it the game of love.

Wull, can a guy tell if a girl likes him for him...or if she just likes him cuz he got lots of money and can give her stuff 'n junk?

Wally: You can pretty much tell when the money runs out.

how do ya
keep that
from happening?

You gotta be one of those rich tycoons like Rockefeller or a movie star or a test pilot or somethin'.
Those guys always have plenty of dough and they keep it in a Swiss bank account.

Beaver: Yeah... wull, I guess that’s why I like dogs more than girls...

cuz dogs don’t care if your broke...
they still wanna lick your face.

You little goof!

Have a Shady day!

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