And here we have yet another Disney reference popping up on television. We all remember the Merry Marching Mouseketeers with everyone’s favorite female performer, Annette. But who was your favorite male performer?
Perhaps it was Robert Wilkie “Bobby” Burgess (born May 19, 1941), who was one of only nine Mouseketeers who stayed for the entire run of the show:
Later he would continue his dancing career on the long-running Lawrence Welk Show. Here he is as he appeared in a LW clip show some time after the original run was completed:
And here he is with his full-time dance partner on the original LW show:
With so many of the original Mouseketeers ending their careers after the Club disbanded, and others falling into trouble, it is so nice to know that some were able to go on to continued success, both as people, and performers!
I’ve reviewed the Special Souvenir Edition (SSE) of this book, but in this post I will focus on the regular edition, as it were.
This book was compiled by Keith Keller and published by Grosset & Dunlap of New York.
This version of the scrapbook is essentially the same but does contain some more interesting pictures than its SSE sibling. The regular version starts out with an introduction to the Producer of the show, Bill Walsh. This is new to this version. He spends a few pages telling the story of how the Mickey Mouse Club got on the air. Remember, this was about the same time that Disneyland was being built, as seen below:
There are many wonderful full-page spreads of vintage ads and bulletin pages that were distributed to fan clubs:
Next we meet the Mouseketeers, and see how they spent some of their off-screen time, and the rehearsal process:
Next we learn about the production of the show, its format, about the Serials, and then about Mouseketeer Mania! There were jumpsuits, ring promotions, records, and:
And who was everyone’s favorite Mouseketeer?
Who’s the little lady that we never will forget? – Annette!
The book closely follows the SSE version from here. There is the songbook, the Mouseketeers today (or at least, as of 1975), a call to find a few missing Mouseketeers, and a final dedication to Jimmie Dodd (1910-1964).
Here is what two Mouseketeers thought of the book:
“It’s such a thrill to see a book like this. It’s like reliving my childhood.” – Annette Funicello
“A terrific record of the good times!” – Bobby Burgess (later, of the Lawerence Welk Show)
I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars for being so full of nostalgia, just like its SSE sibling! Any fan of the show, Annette, or early Disney lore will love it!