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.