Buddies Lounge Podcast #201: A Tribute to Annette Funicello

This week, The Big W devotes his entire Podcast to the swingin’ songs of Annette Funicello, with tracks from the former Mousketeer recorded between 1958 and 1965.

Highlights (well, the highlights for me) include Annette’s version of “Blame it on the Bossa Nova” and her 1960 track “Pineapple Princess,” written by The Sherman Brothers (The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) for Annette’s 1960 album entitled… wait for it… Hawaiianette: Annette Sings Songs of Hawaii!

And most movie fans my age will probably recognize the title tracks from the Disney films “Merlin Jones” and “The Monkey’s Uncle.” Concerning the latter, there is somewhere an ex-boyfriend of mine with a video of me stoned and singing along while jumping on a leesa mattress and scratching under my arms with my fingertips.  I’m sure I’m not alone.

Here come the groovy vocal stylings of Annette Funicello, in all her double-tracked glory.  Enjoy!

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Show 200 (4/14/13) playlist:

  • Tall Paul
  • Don’t Jump To Conclusions
  • First Name Initial
  • It’s Really Love
  • Pineapple Princess
  • That’s Amore
  • Blame It On The Bossa Nova
  • The Parent Trap
  • Merlin Jones
  • The Monkey’s Uncle
  • Beach Party Tonight
  • Muscle Beach Party
  • Bikini Beach Party
  • Let’s Twist Again
  • Draggin’ In The U.S.A.
  • No Way To Go But Up
  • Sufer’s Holiday
  • California Sun
  • The Battle Of San Onofre
  • Swingin’ and Sufin;
  • Like A Baby
  • How Will I Know My Love

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One thought on “Buddies Lounge Podcast #201: A Tribute to Annette Funicello

  • April 29, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Thank you so much for the Annette Podcast. The song choices you made were great! Annette’s music included so many notable songs that I would like to suggest s part 2 to your tribute. as a long time Annette fan, my suggestions for your next segment would include the following tunes:
    How will I know my Love [The song that started it all]
    Meetin’ at the Malt shop – A catchy tune that was also from the Annette series.
    Ma he’s making Eyes at Me
    O Dio Mio – English language version – a big hit for Annette & one of my favorites.
    Train of Love
    Tell me that you Love Me
    Talk to Me Baby
    Little Grass Shack
    Song of the Islands
    Lucky, Lucky Me
    Song of the Islands
    Veni, Veni – an oldie sung by Rudee valle many years earlier.
    Dreamin’ About You – a great Annette Song written by Carol King [This one should have been a top ten tune]
    Happy feeling – Originally sung by stevie wonder in one of the beach Party movies.
    It’s that kind of day
    Indian Giver
    Strummin’ Song – From “The Horsemasters” – Play the boxed set Demo version [cute flub/comments]
    Just a Toy -Boxed set demo verson [From babes in Toyland]
    I can’t do the sum – from the Oscar nominated Babes in Toyland soundtrack] This one is a sherman Bros gem
    Music, Music, Music [Annette covered this Teresa Brewer hit and Brewer covered Pineapple Princess]
    Muscle Beach Party
    Jamaica Ska – Original & back to the beach version back to back.
    I’ll Never change him – From Beach Blanket Bingo soundtrack not on record. was cut from movie. Find it on youtube. Several people have said that this one hs a “Wall of Sound” vibe.
    Tell me who’s the girl – B side to train of love. Country music vibe.
    Dance Annette
    Rock & Roll Waltz
    No One Could Be Prouder
    Boy to Love
    sweet Sweet Smile
    In Between & out of love.
    these are just a few great songs recorded by Annette.
    Many were penned by the accomplished Sherman Bros who called Annette “A lucky star” for them.
    Most Annette songs were arranged, produced and conducted by the famous Tutti Cammarata who had previously worked with Sinatra and Ella fitzgerald.
    Oh, yes… Be sure to include “I think, you think” from Beach Blanket Bingo. this is surely the b est annette & frankie duet. I don’;t know why this one was never put on a 45 or LP. Given a few minutes, I could put together another list of great annette tunes. Please consider my suggestions for part 2. thanks again for your Annette tribute.

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