By Jiminy


Cliff Edwards, the voice of the Disney character Jiminy Cricket, had a familiar voice to those of us who grew up with The Micky Mouse Club television show. Jiminy would show up every once in a while singing about the “Ennnncyclopedia…” or explain, “I’m No Fool, No Siree, I’m Gonna Live To Be a Hundred and Three.” But my favorite was this song which was originally sung by Edwards in the Disney version of Pinocchio, a story which had a profound effect on me, but that’s for another time.

Click on the video above to hear Cliff Edwards’s lilting falsetto hit those awesome high notes in the last phrase.

Bromeliad Royalty: Annette Funicello


Monday morning starts off with worship of her royal highness, The Pineapple Princess, Annette Funicello, reigning since the summer of 1960.

I owned this 45 when it first came out. It must have been one of the first dozen I had ever bought.  It was on the Buena Vista label, and if I recall correctly, the flip side was a number called “Luau Cha-Cha-Cha.”

PP was written by Richard and Robert Sherman, who were the house songwriters for Disney in the sixties. They wrote a score of scores including the music and lyrics for Mary Poppins, The Parent Trap, and “It’s a Small World, After All.”