FIFTIES POP STARS? - Television star to pop star - not a new idea

With all the hub-bub about Hannah Montana/Mylie Cyrus I got to thinking about how many TV stars had made a record at one time or another. Turning a television star into a pop singer is not a new phenomenon. There was a whole bunch of actors from the 50s and 60s who took their turns cutting a 45 or even an album. There's a long list but a few stand out in my mind because - nerd that I was - I had these particular 45s:
  • Shelley Fabares, Mary on The Donna Reed Show - Johnny Angel
  • Paul Peterson, Jeff on The Donna Reed Show - She Can't Find Her Keys. (He also sang "My Dad" on the show, but I don't think it was ever made into a single.)
  • Johnny Crawford, Mark on The Rifleman - Cindy's Birthday
  • Richard Chamberlain singing "Three Stars", the theme song from Dr. Kildare.
  • Annette Funicello, Annette from The Mickey Mouse Club - Tall Paul
Just for a giggle and a little musical nostalgia, brought on by my earlier posts about Ricky Nelson, here's a few videos that you might enjoy:


  1. It's funny that you wrote this post because my T13 for this week is somewhat similar.

    "Johnny Angel" is one of those songs that when I hear it, I change the station, take my headphones off, etc. I don't know what it is about that song, lol. The thing of it is, I have never heard any other songs by Shelley and I wish I could for comparison.

    "My Dad" was Paul Peterson's other top 40 single besides "She Can't Find Her Keys". I vaguely remember when he sang on "The Donna Reed Show".

    I really like the music of Annette Funicello. Besides "Tall Paul", I also enjoy "First Name Initial", "Pineapple Princess", and "Train of Love". If you would like copies of those songs, let me know and I can send them to you.

  2. Malcolm - I know what you mean - there are a few songs that do that to me! I always thought that the intro to that song was a little flat - just off key a bit - maybe that's what bugged you aside from the truly "sweet" lyrics, lol.
    Thanks for the info on Paul Peterson's "My Dad", I did not know that it was released as a recording!
    Annette Funicello is a talented woman and I hope she is doing well with her M.S. It would be lovely to see her again.

  3. I remember most of the songs you mentioned. I even have Shelley Fabares' "Johnny Angel" on an album entitled "Super Girl". Thanks for the memories.

  4. pjazzypar - You're so welcome! It's kind of fun to take a little musical trip down Memory Lane sometimes, huh?

  5. Richard Chamberlain is still singing. A few months ago I saw him in a touring company of Spamalot playing King Arthur. He was great! Very funny and still has handsome as ever.

  6. Charlotte - Richard Chamberlain was my 2nd crush (my first was Gardner McKay from Adventures in Paradise). I've seen him in everything I could find him in - Now, I shall have to look to see where he's playing in Spamalot and I'm hoping it's in the LA area!

    Thanks for the heads up!


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