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Puppy Love

by

Paul Anka



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Paul Anka wrote this song about Annette Funicello, with whom Anka was having an affair during a package tour. Anka's manager insisted that the affair be low-key and kept out of the press, if possible.

Funicello was an actress who, like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, was a very popular member of Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. She wasn't allowed to date until she turned 16; she and Anka got together when both were 17. Adults dismissed their affair as "puppy love," but to the couple it felt very strong and inspired Anka to write the song. In her autobiography, Funicello wrote: "Just because we were 17 didn't mean that, for us, our love wasn't real."

The puppy love didn't last, but Funicello did cut an album of Anka's songs called Annette Sings Anka, which was also released in 1960. In 1992, she announced that she had Multiple Sclerosis, and when she passed away from the disease on April 8, 2013 at the age of 70, Anka stated: "She was kind and intelligent and she will be missed by her family and her wide circle of friends, in which I was lucky to be included."
Donny Osmond had a hit with this song in 1972 - his version topped the UK charts and peaked at #3 in the US. What sold the record was the teen idol's supercharged emotion on the line, "Someone help me, help me, help me please." Donny recalled, "(Producer) Mike Curb told me to give it my all on 'Puppy Love,' so I suppose it worked."
This is one of the more innocent songs ever recorded, but in 1986 when Donny Osmond appeared on a panel to discuss censorship in music, he used it to make the point that obscenity is in the ear of the beholder. Said Osmond: "What's the difference between me recording a song with sexual connotations and the way someone else may record it? I could get away with murder. Look at 'Puppy Love,' my biggest record. It can be a very filthy song."
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Comments (3):

On February 22th 1960, "Puppy Love" by Paul Anka entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #62;
and on April 11th it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 6 of those 14 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
It reached #2 on Italy's Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana chart...
The two weeks it was at #2 on the Top 100, the #1 record was "Theme from 'A Summer Place'" by Percy Faith and His Orchestra...
It was the fourth in a string of four straight Top 10 records by Mr. Anka; started with "Lonely Boy" (#1 for 4 weeks), "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" (#2 for 3 weeks), "It's Time To Cry" (#4), and finally this one...
The string was broken by "Adam and Eve"; it stayed on the Top 100 for 2 weeks, peaking at #90 (was featured in the 1960 movie 'The Privates Lives of Adam & Eve', in which Mr. Anka played the role of Pinkie Parker)...
Mr. Anka will celebrate his 73rd birthday this coming July 30th (2014).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
From June 1959 to February 1960 Anka charted four records with three of them peaking at #1 or #2!!! "Lonely Boy" stayed at #1 for 4 weeks, then "Put Your Head On My Shoulder" was #2 for 3 weeks, "It's Time To Cry" peaked at #4, and finally "Puppy Love" stayed at #2 for 2 weeks!!!
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
While the Donny Osmond version was popular, radio station KOB (now KKOB), Albuquerque, played a version that featured a background bed recorded at the dog pound.
- Keith, SLC, UT
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