From the Land of Band Box Records

Child Actors Who Found Their Way Onto Vinyl

The kids we have always had with us on vinyl – Most of them were unable to sustain their recording careers into adulthood. There’s always exceptions of course.

Here are some of the very young – generally TV actors – who entered into the recording studios to take their shot! (Trying to stick to the personalities who recorded while at least still in their teens).  I don’t include young artists who generally were strictly musicians.

These are all selected from the 1940’s through the 1970’s.

Willie Aames

Willie Aames was born in Newport Beach, California in 1960 – His first TV appearance came on Gunsmoke – He would play “Tommy Bradford” on “Eight Is Enough” which started in 1977.

45 Lorimar 8006 – “You’re The Only One That I Ever Needed” b/w “Why Don’t You Answer?” – Did Not Chart – 1979


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Annette was born Annette Joanne Funicello in Utica, New York in 1942 – She died in 2013 at the age of 70 – Annette recorded often with the Mouseteers but landed her first charting single at the age of 17.

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45 Disneyland 118 – “Tall Paul” – Charted Number 7 – 15 Weeks on the Hot 100 – January, 1959

Robby Benson

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Robby Benson was born Robin David Segal in Dallas, Texas in 1956 – His first motion picture was a small part in “Wait Until Dark” in 1967 – My favorite role was as “Henry Steele” in “One On One” in 1977.  In his later career he became a college professor working at four or so Universitys.

45 Arista 100 – “A Rock and Roll Song” b/w “Messin’ Up The Mind Of a Young Girl” – Did Not Chart – January, 1975

Danny Bonaduce

Danny Bonaduce was born Dante Daniel Bonaduce in Broomall, Pennsylvania in 1959.  His first TV appearance came on “Bewitched” in 1969.  He was “Danny Partridge” on the “Partridge Family” TV show in 1970.

45 Lion 145 – “Dreamland” b/w “Blueberry You” – Did Not Chart – January, 1973

Jimmy Boyd

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Jimmy Boyd was born in Jayees, Mississippi in 1939 – He died in 2009 at the age of 70 – Jimmy Boyd charted twice in the 1950’s an his “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” became a holiday classic of sorts and reached the number 1 chart position in 1952.

45 Columbia 39871 – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – Charted Number 1 for 2 Weeks –  Five Weeks on the LP Charts – December, 1952

Ralph Carter

Ralph Carter was born Ralph David Carter in New York City in 1961 – He was cast on “The Good Times”  in 1974 as “Michael Evans”.

45 Mercury 73695 – “When You’re Young And In Love” b/w “When You’re Young And In Love (disco version)” – Did Not Chart – 1975

This was a remake of the 1967 Marvelette’s hit composed by Van McCoy.

Angela Cartwright

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Anngela with Billy Mumy in “Lost in Space”

Angela Cartwright was born in Cheshire, England in 1952 – She was known as the daughter of Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) on the Danny Thomas Show – playing Linda Williams.  She would later play “Brigritta von Trapp in the motion picture “The Sound of Music”.  She also played “Penny” in “Lost In Space”.

45 TAL 100 – “Merry-Go-Round” b/w “Mr. Jumbo” – Did Not Chart – 1960

Shaun Cassidy

Shaun Cassidy was born Shaun Paul Cassidy in Los Angeles, California in 1958 – His first TV success was on “The Hardy Boys Mysteries” in 1977 – He was recording while still in high school but that path didn’t lead anywhere until after his TV fame was established.

He was a half brother of David Cassidy.  David also started as a child actor but didn’t record until into his 20’s.

45 Warner Bros. 8365 – “Da Doo Ron Ron” Charted Number 1 – 22 Weeks On the Hot 100 – May, 1977

Tim Considine

Tim Considine was born Timothy Daniel Considine in Los Angeles, California in 1940 – He wasn’t a Mouseketeer but might as well have been – Tim starred in the Mickey Mouse Club related TV series “Spin and Marty” and then “The Hardy Boys”.  He later was a member of the “My Three Sons” TV show along with former Mousketeer Don Grady.

45 Mickey Mouse Club 58 – “The Triple R Song Parts 1 and 2” – Did Not Chart – 1955

(The composer of “The Triple R Song” Stan Jones,  also composed “Ghost Riders (In the Sky)” and the TV theme for the western “Cheyenne” as well as many other TV and film related songs)

Marc Copage

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Marc Copage was born in Los Angeles, California in 1962.  Copage was a child actor on the television series “Julia” which ran from 1968 into the spring of 1973.   Marc was five years old when he started on the series.  Copage played the role of “Corey Baker” the son of “Julia Baker” portrayed by Diahann Carroll.

Copage and Carroll were very close in real life but drifted away as he became an adult.  They managed to reunite as friends in 2017 not long before Carroll’s passing.

45 Avco 4576 – “Wait For Me” b/w “Who Can I Turn To (With Questions and Answers)” – Did Not Chart – July, 1971

Marc recorded five singles up into 1973

Noreen Corcoran

Noreen Corcoran was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1943 – She died in 2106 at the age of 72.  She appeared in motion pictures starting in 1953 – She landed a TV role in “Bachelor Father” appearing as the 13 year-old orphan “Kelly”.

45 Carlton 532 – “Lonely Fool” b/w “If You Would Only Be Mine” – Did Not Chart – August, 1960 (with her sister Donna)

Johnny Crawford

Johnny Crawford was born John Ernest Crawford in Los Angeles, California in 1946 – Johnny was yet another former Mouseketeer who found fame on the TV western “The Rifleman” during which time he recorded several singles and a few long plays.

His sixth single “Cindy’s Birthday” was his biggest hit charting at number 8.

45 Del-Fi  4162 – “Daydreams” – Charted Number 70 – 4 Weeks on Hot 100 – June, 1961

Brandon Cruz

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Brandon Cruz was born in Bakersfield, California in 1962 – He played “Eddie Corbett”  on the TV show “The Courtship of Eddie’s Fatther” from 1963.  He would later go onto become a member of the punk band “The Dead Kennedys” in a later reformed lineup.

45 MGM 14198 – “Daddy What If” b/w “Best Friend” – Did Not Chart – December, 1970

“Daddy What If” was a hit country record for Bobby Bare and his son in 1973

Bobby Diamond

Bobby Diamond played Joey Clark Newton – an adopted child of Peter Graves (Jim Newton) on the TV show “Fury” which ran for five years.  Bobby passed on a chance to act on the TV show “My Three Sons”. Diamond died in 2019 a victim of cancer.

45 MGM 13110 – “Please Mr. Jones” b/w “For Just One Kiss” – Did Not Chart – November, 1962

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke in Manhattan, New York in 1946 – She died in 2016 at the age of 69 – She will be best remembered for hear riveting appearance in “The Miracle Worker” as Helen Keller.  Later she starred in “The Patty Duke Show” staring in 1963, acting in a dual role of identical cousins.

Patty would battle manic depression and became involved in mental health improvement programs.  She placed four records on the nation’s charts.

45 United Artists 875 – “Don’t Just Stand There” – Charted Number 8 – 11 Weeks on the Hot 100 – June, 1965

Shelley Fabares

Shelley Fabares was born in Santa Monica, California in 1944 – Her first professional gig came at age 10 when she appeared in a television show in 1954 called “Letter to Loretta”.  Shelley placed four singles on the Hot 100.

45 Colpix 621 – “Johnny Angel” – Charted Number 1 for 2 Weeks – 15 Weeks on the Hot 100 – March, 1962

Judy Garland

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Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922 – She died in 1969 at the age of 47 from a sleeping pill overdose

Judy of course was just 17 when she appeared in the “Wizard of Oz” back in 1939 – The motion picture and the soundtrack were immensely successful but long play charts didn’t exist as far back as 1939.   The first charts appeared in 1945 and only listed five positions.

And beyond that, Billboard didn’t even publish the chart every week – More or less when they felt like until the spring of 1946 when they launched a regular weekly chart.

78 EP 4 Record Set – Decca No. 74 – “The Wizard of Oz” (with two tracks by Judy Garland including “Over the Rainbow”) – October, 1939

78 Decca 848 – “Stompin’ at the Savoy” b/w “Swing Mister Charlie” – July, 1936

Judy was just 14 years old when she recorded this single.

78 Decca 3174 – “I’m Nobody’s Baby” – Charted Number 3 – August, 1940

Judy was 18 years old and this was her only charting single as a teen.

LP (10-inches) Decca 5152 – “The Musical Score of The Wizard of Oz” – November, 1950

This is the earliest long play released by Judy relating to the motion picture – There would be additional LP’s including the 12-inch sound track in 1962 on MGM – a second release on MGM in 1969 – on the Radiola label in 1980 – and a related LP on Jass Records titled “Behind the Scenes At the Making Of The Wizard of Oz” in 1988

Darlene Gillespie

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Darlene Gillespie was born Darlene Faye Gillespie in Montreal, Canada in 1941 – Another original Mouseketeer – a real song and dance girl!

45 Buena Vista 330 (recording as “Dee Gillespie”) – “Porcupine” b/w “Loddy Doddy Doo” – Did Not Chart – 1958

Luke Halpin

Luke Halpin was born Luke Austin Halpin in Astoria, Queens, New York in 1947 – Luke was “Sandy Ricks” in the 1963 film “Flipper”.  His aquatic skills earned him the role.  He would later in life become a stuntman.

45 MGM 13522 – “Sunshine Girl” b/w “Big Louie” – Did Not Chart – June, 1966

Not the same song recorded by The Parade in 1967 – Luke was 19 when this was recorded

Rusty Hamer

Rusty Hammer was born Russell Craig Hamer in Tenafly, New Jersey in 1947 – He died in 1990 at the age of 42 – Rusty played the son of “Danny Williams” (Danny Thomas)  on “Make Room For Daddy” – acting as “Rusty Williams”

Hamer committed suicide in 1990 when his career was at a standstill.

45 Mercury 71564 – “Two of A Kind” b/w “If My Mother’d Only Let Me Cross the Street” – Did Not Chart – January, 1960

Eddie Hodges

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Eddie Hodges was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1947 – His career was launched in the Broadway production of “The Music Man” in 1957.  Eddie would place four singles on the Hot 100 – his first coming in 1961 at the age of 14.  He recorded “High Hopes” in 1959 released on the Decca label when he was 12 years old.

45 Cadence 1397 – “I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door” – Charted Number 12 – June, 1961

Ronnie Howard (Ron Howard)

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Ron Howard was born Ronald William Howard in Duncan, Oklahoma in 1954 – a star from the early days of TV and an accomplished motion picture director.  He apparently recorded one single – but I can’t find an image (this is assuming that it is he on the recording)

45 Bigtop 3093 – “Give My Toy To the Boy Next Door” b/w “If Santa Fell” – Did Not Chart – December, 1961

Richard Keith

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Richard Keith was born Keith Thibodeaux in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1950 – He played “Little Ricky” on “I Love Lucy” and “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour”.  Keith played drums with the Horace Hedit Orchestra at age 3! Making him a natural for the roll on “I Love Lucy”.  He also played the friend of “Opie” on the “Andy Griffith Show”.

45 Darsa 126 – “I’m A Lover Not A Fighter” b/w “Winner Of Your Heart” – Did Not Chart – 1962

Brenda Lee

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Brenda Lee was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta, Georgia in 1944.  Brenda is one of the most successful female recording stars of all-time – She had her first hit record at the age of 13 in 1957.  Her first Decca sessions took place when she was 12 years old.   Visit my Brenda Lee Page Here

45 Decca 30198 – “One Step at a Time” – Charted Number 43 Hot 100 – March, 1957

Little Jo Ann

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Little Jo Ann was born in 1955 Jo An Morse – This tribute to the late President Kennedy was released a few months before his assassination.

45 Kapp 467 – “My Daddy Is President” – Charted Number 67 – July, 1962

Jerry Livingston

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Jerry Livingston was born Stanley Bernard Livingston in Los Angeles, California in 1950 – He appeared in the 1958 film “Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!” and the 1960 film “”Please Don’t Eat The Daisies”.

He would best be remembered for his role as Richard “Chip” Douglas on the TV program called “My Three Sons” which debuted in 1960.  His brother Barry played the role of “Ernie Douglas” on the series.

45 Marilyn 03 – “Hairspray” b/w “Pen Pal” – Did Not Chart – September, 1962

I owned this obscure single back in the 1960’s and had no idea who Stanley was

Jerry Mathers

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Jerry Mathers was born Sioux City, Iowa in 1948 – He was the star of “Leave It To Beaver” which ran from 1957 to 1963. No hit recordings for the ‘Beav” but he did enter the recording studio.  His first acting gig was doing commercials for Pet Milk working with comic Ed Wynn.

45 Atlantic 2156 – “Don’t Cha Cry” b/w “Wind-Up Toy” – Did Not Chart – August, 1962

Maureen McCormick

Was born Maureen Denise McCormick in Los Angeles, California in 1956 – She won a baby beauty pageant when she was six and appeared in toy commercials including Mattel, Barbie and Chatty Cathy dolls.  She was “Marcia Brady” on the Brady Bunch.

45 Paramount 0246 – “Little Bird (Sing Your Song)” b/w “Just A Singin’ Alone” – Did Not Chart – October, 1973

Hayley Mills

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Haley Mills was born Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills in Marybone, London, England in 1946 – Hayley began her career at age 12 in England before joining up with the Walt Disney team starring in a motion picture called “Pollyanna” in 1960 and then the “Parent Trap” in 1961.  Her father was actor John Mills who starred in over 120 motion pictures.

Hayley placed two singles on the Hot 100.

45 Buena Vista 386 – “Let’s Get Together” – Charted Number 8 – 14 Weeks on the Hot 100 – September, 1961

Ricky Nelson

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Ricky Nelson was born Eric Hilliard Nelson in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1940 – He died in 1985 at the age of 45

Ricky cut his first record just before turning 17 – both sides charted – He would go on to an illustrious and respected musical career.  He placed 53 recordings on the the Hot 100 including two number one’s and 26 Top 20’s.

45 Verve 10047 – “I’m Walking” – Charted Number 17 – 17 Weeks on the Hot 100 – b/w “A Teenager’s Romance” – Charted Number 2 – 19 Weeks on the Hot 100 – May, 1967

Jay North

Jay North was born Jay Waverly North in Hollywood, California in 1951 – He made his acting debut on “Queen For a Day” and worked his way through many appearances on many prominent TV shows including with Milton Berle, Eddie Fisher and George Gobel.

North failed his first audition for “Dennis the Menace” in 1959 but got a second chance and landed the role.  Recording wasn’t his specialty but he did try it once.

45 KEM 2757 – “The Animal Fair” b/w “Little Boy Blues” – Did Not Chart – October, 1960

Butch Patrick

Butch Patrick was born in Inglewood, California in 1953 – Butch made his mark playing “Eddie Munster” on the the 1964 television show “The Munsters”.  He also appeared on “My Favorite Martian”, “The Real McCoys” and “Mister Ed” to name a few.

Butch credited his bad teeth and small height for landing him his Eddie Munster role.  He said that he had his own “fangs”.

45 Metromedia 251 – “I.O.I.O.” b/w “I Want Sugar All The Time” – Did Not Chart – July, 1972

Butch was 19 years old at the time of this recording – He recorded two more singles – his final in 1983 reaching back into his bag of Munster Memories (shown below)

Melody Patterson

Melody Patterson was born Melody Patricia Patterson in Hollister, Missouri in 1949 – She was a member of the 1965 TV show “F Troop” at the age of 16 – She appeared had earlier appeared in uncredited role in the motion picture “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1963.

45 Warner Bros. 5658 – “You’re The One” b/w “Meadowgreen” – Did Not Chart – September, 1965

Paul Petersen

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Paul Petersen was born in Glendale, California in 1945 – Yes, Paul was a Mousketeer, joining a list of other recording children along the way.  Paul teamed up with another singing youth – Shelley Fabares on the Donna Reed Show.

Paul placed six records on the Hot 100 – “My Dad” was his biggest hit charting at number 6 in 1963.

45 Colpix 620 – “She Can’t Find Her Keys” – Charted Number 19 – 12 Weeks on the Hot 100 – March, 1962

Eve Plumb

Eve Plumb was born Eve Aline Plumb in Burbank, California in 1958 – She was cast on “The Virginian”, “The Big Valley” and “Lassie” before arriving as “Jan Brady” on the “Brady Bunch”.  She was the lone “Brady” who did not join the reunion programs – due to her busy schedule commitments.

45 RCA Victor 0409 – “How Will It Be?” b/w “The Fortune Cookie Song (Nicchi Sgnacchi Mucchi Mucchi)” – Did Not Chart – December, 1970

Debbie Reynolds

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Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Francis Reynolds in Los Angeles, California in 1932 – She died in 2016 –  She will be be remembered for her number 1 hit “Tammy” which ran at the top of the charts for five weeks in 1957.  By then, Debbie was in her mid 20’s.

But her first hit came in 1951 when she was still a teenager – 19 – but still a teenager.  She recorded the song when she was 18.

45 MGM 30282 – “Aba Daba Honeymoon” (with actor Carleton Carpenter) – Charted Number 3 – 17 Weeks on the Pop Charts – February, 1951.

Rodney Allen Rippy

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Rodney Allen Rippy was born in Long Beach, California in 1968.  He will be best remembered for his Jack In The Box theme song from 1973 (below).  Rippy would go on to study marketing and open his own firm promoting country music and other things.  He once ran for the office of Mayor in Carson, California but didn’t fare too well finishing 10th.

45 – Bell 45,403 – “Take Life A Little Easier” – Charted Number 112 Bubbling Under Charts – September, 1973

Kurt Russell

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Kurt Russell was born Kurt Vogel Russell in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1951 – He got his first screen role acting without credit in the Presley film “It Happened At the World’s Fair” in 1963 at the age of 12.

45 Capitol 3032 – “Baby Believe Me” b/w “Hey Baby I Love You” – Did Not Chart – 1970

Roberta Shore

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Roberta Shore was born Roberta Jymme Schourop in Monterey Park, California in 1943 – She was closely associated with the Mouseketeers appearing in several features with them so many assumed she was one of them.  Her excessive height kept her from their ranks!

Roberta – a Mormon, settled in Salt Lake City where she became a disc jockey in 1984.

45 Disneyland 123 – “Shaggy Dog” b/w “C’est Chiffon” – Did Not Chart – April, 1959

Shirley Temple

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Shirley Temple was born in Santa Monica, California in 1928 – She died in 2014 at the age of 85.

Shirley Temple never had a charting 45 or an LP –  but had a bunch of records released in the 1960’s long after her days as a child star were finished.

45 Extended Play – 20th Century Fox 11,095 – “Four Shirley Temple Hits For Children” – 1965

Tuesday Weld

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Tuesday Weld was born Susan Ker Weld in New York City in 1943 – Tuesday was an oft used teen actress but fought a battle with depression – suffered a breakdown and attempted suicide at one time – She appeared in the rock and roll movie “Rock, Rock, Rock” in 1956 at the age of 13!

She made numerous appearances on the “Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”.  Her acting career was diverse and quite impressive concerning personal the battles she fought.

45 Plaza 508 – “All Through Spring and Summer” b/w “Are You The Boy” – Did Not Chart – September, 1962

Tuesday was 19 years old when she recorded her only single

Johnny Whitaker

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Johnny Whitaker was born John Orson Whitaker, Jr., in Van Nuys, California in 1959 – His major TV role was that of “Jody Davis” on the TV show “Family Affair” which started it’s run in 1966.

Whitaker battled drug addiction later in life but managed to emerge on the other side and became an addiction counselor.

45 United Artists 50296 – “Every Little Boy Can Be President” b/w “The Garden Song” – Did Not Chart – May, 1968

Jack Wild

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Jack Wild was born in Royton, Lancashire, England in 1952 – Wild made his mark in the lead role of “Oliver!” the stage production in 1964. He died inn 2006 after a long battle with cancer and a struggle with alcohol addiction.  He was 53 years of age.

45 Capitol 2742 – “Some Beautiful” Charted Number 92 – 4 Weeks on the Hot 100 – May, 1970

“Some Beautiful” charted number 46 in the U.K.

Barry Williams

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With Co-Brady Maureen McCormick

Barry Williams was born Barry Williams Blenkhorn in Santa Monica, California in 1954 – His first TV appearance would be on “Dragnet 1967” before being cast as “Greg Brady” on the “Brady Bunch” in 1969.

45 Paramount 0122 – “Sweet Sweetheart” b/w “Sunny” – Did Not Chart – November, 1971

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