Listen: Say Something Funny / Patty Duke Say Something Funny.mp3
Listen: Funny Little Butterflies / Patty Duke Funny Little Butterflies From The Motion Picture Billie.mp3
Listen: The Theme From ‘The Patty Duke Show’ Patty Duke Show Theme.mp3
Our close friend Diana went to high school with Patty Duke. It was somewhere around 57th Street in New York. Also in the class was Mary from The Shangri-Las and Miles Davis’ son. They all used to go to his Dad’s apartment after school. How’s that for a childhood experience? Diana remembers it as a rough and weird life for them, the pressure of being TV and recording stars, trying to get through school and having friends because they were liked as people instead of celebrities. I’ll never know.
We all loved The Patty Duke Show though. I couldn’t have been happier when she started making records, and most were issued in nice, full color picture sleeves, like the one above. This was her second single (the first, ‘Don’t Just Stand There’ went Top 10), and both sides charted on Billboard. The divided play was probably the cause for them to cancel each other out a bit, reaching #22 and #77 respectively. There were a few albums as well. Being cast as one of the leads in the film, VALLEY OF THE DOLLS, helped her grow up in public and get her out of the TV show’s trench. Logically, she recorded an album for United Artists of all the songs in the film. It’s a must. Search it out at all costs.