Chapter 14

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It's kind of fashionable to disregard Annette Funicello's records. By and large they weren't great, and of course she was just the kind of nice-girl-makes-good whose success would make a cynical critic feel resentful. Heck, she never even lived in a mansion -- just a regular California house like everyone else.

But, one of her songs, "Dreamin' About You" was as good as anything on the charts in 1961, and 1961 was a goldmine of great singles.