Arlee has a great Battle going on over at his place between former child stars (Jerry Mathers, Keith Thibodeaux, and Micky Dolenz). It made me think: they were all child stars before they were rock & roll singers, but what of the child stars who were singers while they were still on TV? I know of three boys this applies to, and also three girls. So, boys first, then girls next time.
Paul Petersen, "She Can’t Find Her Keys": Paul was the TV son of Donna Reed and Carl Betz on the 1958-1966 The Donna Reed Show, and was almost immediately forgotten after that show ended. He had a record in 1962 called "She Can’t Find Her Keys" that reached #19 on the Hot 100.
Johnny Crawford, "Rumors": Johnny played Mark McCain, son to Chuck Connors on 1958-1963’s The Rifleman. "Rumors" reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1962.
Jay North, "Little Boy Blues": TV’s Dennis the Menace from 1959 to 1963, Jay recorded the 1960 album Look Who’s Singing!, on which "Little Boy Blues" was found. I couldn’t find any Billboard data on the song, but he did sing it on The Ed Sullivan Show that year.
So those are our contestants. You know what to do:
- Listen to the three songs.
- Decide which song you like the best.
- Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
- Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:
I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner next Monday, February 22, so be sure and get your vote to me by then.
The lines are now open. Good luck to Paul, Johnny, and Jay!