I remember watching Annette Funicello on the “old” Mouseketeers reruns. It wasn’t “cool” to admit that you liked the Mickey Mouse Club, but secretly, I loved it! I was pregnant in 1977 when I watched the updated and revamped version of the Mouseketeers, circa 1977. Again, LOVED IT! So much that my daughter is named after Shawnte Northcutte, but with a different pronunciation of her first name. The year 1977 had its ups and downs, but I could always depend on the new Mouseketeers to cheer me up and make me feel like a kid again.
My tribute to Annette Funicello in The Vampire Dancer Saga Part 2 is:
Chapter 6 Aliens can Dance!
June, 1960; Roswell, NM
The Aliens started with the swim—which was both unusual and beautiful as they each had six arms. The Le Monsters came back with the twist, led by their alternate, Annette Funicello, because Grandpa twisted his back just before the competition. Because of his large size, Hermes accidentally knocked Edward over, costing their team a few points. Marla, on the other hand, was a natural. She and Annette twisted their way into a few bonus points, helping to make up for the ones Hermes lost the team.
ARTIST: Jimmy Dodd TITLE: The Mickey Mouse Club March Lyrics and Chords [Television Theme Song] Who’s the leader of the club That’s made for you and me M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
Hey there hi there ho there You’re as welcome as can be M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E Mickey Mouse (Donald Duck) Mickey Mouse (Donald Duck) Forever let us hold our banner high (high, high, high!)
Come along and sing a song And join the jamboree M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
[Ending theme, much slower:] Now it’s time to say goodbye To all our company M-I-C, See you real soon K-E-Y, Why? Because we like you M-O-U-S-E
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