BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Child Stars, Female Edition

Hopefully, this battle won’t be as lopsided as the last one was. This time, I have three female child stars who made their singing and acting debuts in the late ’50’s and early ’60’s.

Shelley Fabares, "Johnny Angel": Shelley was the TV daughter Mary Stone, daughter of Donna (Donna Reed) and Dr. Alex (Carl Betz) Stone on The Donna Reed Show. She was apparently told that she would come out with a record in 1962. The song was "Johnny Angel," written by Lyn Duddy and Lee Pockriss. It had been done previously by Laurie Loman and Georgia Lee, with little success. Shelley’s version was recorded in the fall of 1961 and released the following year and spent 15 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1 and earning a gold record.

Patty Duke, "Don’t Just Stand There": Patty Duke gained fame by playing Helen Keller in the stage play The Miracle Worker, playing Helen Keller to Anne Bancroft’s Annie Sullivan, and in the 1962 film adaptation. From 1963 to 1966, She played Patty and Cathy Lane ("identical cousins") in The Patty Duke Show, which also starred William Schallert as her father/uncle. She had two hit records in 1965, "Say Something Funny" (#21) and "Don’t Just Stand There," which peaked at #8.

Annette Funicello, "O Dio Mio": The original, and to my mind only, "Disney Princess," Annette had a pretty good singing career after The Mickey Mouse Club. "O Dio Mio" was written by Al Hoffman and Dick Manning and peaked at #10 in 1960.

Those are our contestants. Here are your instructions:

  1. Listen to the three songs.
  2. Decide which song you like the best.
  3. Vote for your favorite by leaving me a comment with your choice. If you feel like telling us why, feel free.
  4. Then, visit the other participants and vote in their Battles:

I’ll tally the votes and let you know the winner next Monday, March 8, so get your vote to me by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Shelley, Patty, and Annette!

18 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Child Stars, Female Edition

  1. JOHN ~

    The bad news is… I can’t honestly say I like ANY of these three recordings. And as for ‘Johnny Angel’, I think it’s possibly one of the Top 10 sappiest songs ever recorded (it’s only half-a-degree less sappy than is ‘Teen Angel’). If that song comes through my speakers, I’ll hit the radio dial faster’n Sugar Ray Leonard hit Roberto Duran!! Even though ‘Johnny Angel’ is obviously going to win this Battle, of the three contestants, it’s my least favorite.

    So that leaves Patty Duke and Annette Funnyviola… er– I mean, Annette Funnycello.

    The good news is… I don’t care for either one o’ them, but since Patty Duke still hasn’t gotten on the scoreboard, I’ll vote for her, just so that none o’ dem womens gets shutout. As I always say (beginning right now), “When you ain’t got a dog in the fight, root for the underdog”.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘DogGtor Of Alcohology &
    King Of Inebriation Nation’

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  2. It seems poor Patty Duke will ne out for the count. She does ok but the other 2 are much better. I love Annette with her sweet voice but I give it to Shelley Fabares who sings this song so well. She is married to Mike Farrell of MASH fame:)

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  3. The songs all have that classic sound of that era, but the real legitimate hit is “Johnny Angel” and for good reason–it’s the better song.

    Give my vote to Shelley Fabares. I’m guessing that she will run away with this contest. As lopsided as the previous Battle? Maybe.

        Arlee Bird

    Tossing It Out

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  4. Oh, this is a hard one! I love Shelley’s voice in Johnny Angel and I remember Annette Funicello from her Mickey Mouse days and movies with Frankie Avalon. Patty Duke’s song isn’t bad either. I am going with Shelley coz I’ve always loved this song and her voice has an angelic quality to it.

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  5. I remember “Johnny Angel” and after listening to the others, that one still sounds best to me.

    Of the singers I only remember Annette Funicello from the Mickey Mouse Show.

    All that seems very long ago.

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  6. John,

    You picked three darling sweethearts from the 60s. I’m torn between Shelley and Annette. They both have voices of angels. Although I like the song “Johnny Angel” the best I’m going with “O Dio Mio” because I think I’m a little more partial to Annette. πŸ™‚

    Do stop by to cast your vote in my BoTB when you can. Have a good day, my friend!

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