Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Annette Funicello, 1942-2013

I'm too young to remember Annette Funicello when she was on the Mickey Mouse Club, though I have watched episodes of the show when she was on it.  When the Disney Channel first came into existence, it aired repeated episodes.  And while I enjoyed the show, it was her movies with Frankie Avalon that have stuck with me since I was but a wee lad.

For the most part, those movies are older than I am, but they were on TV all the time during my childhood.  And while they aren't great examples of cinematic fine art, they are a lot of fun to watch, and the music was always a joy to hear.  It's throughout those movies, that I first experienced the music style of that era, and it's a music style I love still today.

She lost her twenty-six year battle with multiple sclerosis earlier this week, and she will be missed and remembered for her music and the joy she brought to her audience.


bermudaonion said...

She was a class act right to the end.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Another terrible loss. She will be missed.

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

She just seemed such a charming and likable human being. She will be missed.