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Puppy Love


Paul Anka

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This was written for 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.
After the tour, Funicello cut an LP, Annette Sings Anka -- then married Anka's manager. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
Funicello is an actress who, like Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, was a very popular member of Disney's Mickey Mouse Club. In 1992, she announced that she had Multiple Sclerosis and she passed away from the disease on April 8, 2013 at the age of 70.
Donny Osmond had a hit with this in 1972, topping the UK charts and peaking at #3 in the US. What sold the record was the teen idol's supercharged emotion on "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."
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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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