Within a 24-hour period this week, we got the news that both Margaret Thatcher and Annette Funicello died. The Iron Lady and the original Mickey Mouse Club Mousketeer. I was certain there was no connection between Elvis and Mrs. Thatcher, but I did some digging to see if there might be one between him and Annette.
Not much, really. Just a few magazine covers they appeared on together.
There were also a number of magazine covers that had a photo of Annette and a cover story about Elvis, or vice versa.
There was one photo on the internet featuring Annette along with several early rockers who weren’t Elvis.
Back in 1960, Pat Boone hosted a TV show on ABC called “Coke Time.” Here is a photo taken June 27, 1960, showing Pat and his guests Annette, Paul Anka, Bobby Darrin, and Frankie Avalon. Pretty good line-up.
The best thing I found was the lyrics in a song from the movie Grease. It is titled “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” sung by Stockard Channing’s character Rizzo at a slumber party.
Elvis, Elvis, let me be, keep that pelvis far from me. Just keep your cool, now you’re starting to drool.
I don’t drink or swear, I won’t rat my hair, I get ill from one cigarette. Keep your filthy paws off my silky drawers. Would you pull that crap with Annette?
Well, if Elvis had met Annette the day the photo for this album cover was snapped, he might have thought about it.
We miss you, Annette.
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