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Annette Funicello was one of the first in a long list of teen television stars to turn the exposure the medium offered into a side career as a recording artist. She was just 13 years old when she began appearing on Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Club series and she was spun off into a recording studio soon after, although she was always adamant that she didn’t really consider herself a professional singer. But the Disney folks understood charisma when they saw it, and were far from blind to the huge teen girl market that would follow Funicello's every move. She ended up charting several hits between 1959 and 1961, and eventually released a dozen or so albums, some of them essentially soundtracks to movies she appeared in, on Buena Vista, a Disney side imprint. This two-disc, 51-track set has several key sides from those albums, plus her chart hits, and if it’s obvious that Funicello wasn’t a great singer, she did generate a kind of sweet and bright sincerity on the best of her recordings. This package will be way too much Funicello for the casual listener, but ardent fans, many of whom grew up watching her on television and at the movies, will undoubtedly treasure this collection.

Biography

Born: October 22, 1942 in Utica, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Annette Funicello was 13 years old when she was discovered by studio head Walt Disney dancing in an amateur production of Swan Lake in Fullerton, California. Much to the enmity of her Mickey Mouse Club co-stars, Funicello joined the cast late in the show's first season and was not required to audition. However, Disney's impulses proved correct, as she swiftly became the most popular performer on The Mickey Mouse Club and featured in her own storyline, Adventures in Dairyland. Soon it was obvious...
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