It’s a freebie day here on M4, and while looking through my stack of ideas in Evernote I came across this post from Craig over at PopRockBopTilUDrop that talks about child actors who found their way onto vinyl. I chose a few of them and put them into the playlist below…
- Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick, “I Won’t Last A Day Without You”: Barry (Greg) and Maureen (Marcia) from The Brady Bunch do a duet while on The Mike Douglas Show. If it seems that there’s more than brotherly or sisterly love in the way they look at each other, it’s not your imagination: they did have a romance off-camera.
- Eve Plumb, “The Fortune Cookie Song”: Not to be outdone by her TV older sister, Eve recorded this while she played Jan on The Brady Bunch. Her father Neely is the producer.
- Johnny Whittaker, “Every Boy Can Be President”: Johnny sang this as Jody on an episode of Family Affair, and there was apparently enough interest in it to issue it as a single.
- Tuesday Weld, “Are You The Boy?”: Tuesday was already an established actress when tapped to play Thalia Menninger in The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis. Her TV boyfriend, of course, was Warren Beatty.
- Kurt Russell, “Hey Baby I Love You”: Kurt was a Disney discovery way back when, before Goldie Hawn and Snake.
- Rodney Allan Rippy, “Take Life A Little Easier”: Rodney acted in a very famous series of commercials for Jack in the Box restaurants. I say acted: he was basically put on camera with a hamburger and they asked him questions as he tried to eat it. “Take Life A Little Easier” was written as a jingle for Jack in the Box; the original lyrics to the chorus were “Take life a little easier (x2)/Come as you like, come as you are to Jack in the Box.” Or something like that.
- Paul Petersen, “She Can’t Find Her Keys”: Paul’s acting career pretty much started and ended with The Donna Reed Show, although he has had occasional roles in TV series. He’s an advocate for protecting child actors through his organization “A Minor Consideration.”
- Melody Patterson, “You’re The One”: Melody auditioned for the part of Wrangler Jane on F Troop when she was 15 years old, and didn’t happen to mention that to the producers until after she got the part. They had to tone down the love scenes (such as they were in the ’60’s) between her and Ken Berry after that.
- Butch Patrick, “I.O.I.O.”: Butch played Eddie Munster on the CBS comedy-horror classic The Munsters throughout that series’s run, and when it finished turned his attention to cting in non-starring roles and music. “I.O.I.O.” was written by Barry and Maurice Gibb, who sang together in some band…
- Jay North, “Little Boy Blues”: TV’s Dennis The Menace cut an album in 1960 called Look Who’s Singing Now!, and this was one of the tracks on it. I saw him do this on an episode of The Best of The Ed Sullian Show, so if you’re so inclined, keep an eye out for it.
- Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills, “Let’s Get Together”: This is a scene from the 1961 movie The Parent Trap, where Hayley played a set of twins trying to get their parents (Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara) back together.
- Jerry Mathers, “Wind-Up Toy”: Yep, The Beaver made a record during the heart of Leave It To Beaver‘s run.
- Stanley Livingston, “Hairspray”: You might know him as Chip Douglas, Steve’s (Fred MacMurray) son, Bub’s (William Frawley) grandson, and Charlie’s (William Demarest) great-nephew on My Three Sons. Later on, Stanley’s brother Barry joined the cast as Ernie, Steve’s adopted son and Chip’s adopted brother.
- Patty Duke, “Don’t Just Stand There”: Another actress who played a double role as twins (in this case cousins), Patty recorded this while she was on The Patty Duke Show and took it to #8.
- Johnny Crawford, “Daydreams”: Johnny played Mark McCain, son of Lucas McCain (Chuck Connors) in The Rifleman from 1958 to 1963, and still found time to record several songs. This was his first single, from 1961; it reached #70 on the Hot 100.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 15, 2020.