Don't Just Stand There

Album: Don't Just Stand There (1965)
Charted: 8

Songfacts®:

  • Being a tale of a feeling of love that's fading away, this song has a sound similar to Lesley Gore's hit "You Don't Own Me."
  • This was Patty Duke's first hit in the music industry. Like many of her predecessors (such as Shelley Fabares) she tried a career as a singer to capitalize on the success of her television career (notably her sitcom The Patty Duke Show, which ran from 1963 to 1966). Although she managed to score three smaller hits after the success of this song, she ended her music career a year later and continued acting. She stated in several interviews that she never considered herself as a singer. She was allegedly pressured by her managers and peers to try that particular field. >>
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  • Ralph Casale, who played guitar on this song, told us that he could usually tell when a session was going to produce a hit, but this one surprised him. Said Ralph about Patty Duke: "I didn't know she could sing. I thought of her as an actress only. I didn't hear her sing on the date because many times the artist records after the band has been recorded. Yes I was surprised when it became a hit. She did a great job on that recording." (Get more stories from Ralph in his full interview.)

Comments: 4

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaShelly did not want to have to sing, Paul her brother on the show, loved it though.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer: http://www.oldiesmusic.com/news.htm
    Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, who starred in her own, self-named television show, died in Los Angeles Tuesday (March 29th, 2016) of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, she was 69...
    Born Anna Marie Duke in Queens, New York, her mother turned her over to live with talent managers who changed her name to Patty. She appeared on TV and in print ads and in 1959 even won $32,000 on the '$64,000 Challenge' TV show. Her big break was appearing as Helen Keller on Broadway in "The Miracle Worker" from 1959 to 1961...
    She then went on to star in the film version of the story and won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1962. In 1963 she starred in the "Patty Duke Show" as both wild Patty Lane and her prim and proper identical cousin, Cathy. The show ran for three years and during that time she recorded two hit records— "Don't Just Stand There" (#8 in 1965) and "Say Something Funny" (#22 in 1965). She attempted to change her image with a major role in the film, "Valley Of The Dolls" in 1969 and won a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her portrayal of Neely O'Hara. She was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988. Her autobiography, chronicling her battle with bi-polar disorder, 'Call Me Anna,' was published in 1988. Married four times— including actor John Astin-- she was the mother of actor Sean Astin (who, it was revealed later, was not John's biological son)...
    May she R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 18th 1963, the 30 minute sitcom, 'The Patty Duke Show', debut on the ABC-TV network...
    The series ran for three seasons with a grand total of 104 original episodes.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 2nd 1965, Patty Duke performed "Don't Just Stand There" on the ABC-TV program 'Shindig!'...
    Eighteen days later on June 20th, 1965 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #79; and on August 8th it peaked at #8 (for 2 weeks) and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
    She was eighteen years old at the time of this appearance on 'Shindig!'...
    As stated above she had three other records make the Top 100 chart; "Say Something Funny" (reached #22 in 1965), "Funny Little Butterflies" (peaked at #77 in 1965), and "Whenever She Holds You" (peaked at #64 in 1966)...
    Ms. Duke, born Anna Marie Duke, will celebrate her 68th birthday this coming December 14th, 2014.
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