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Groovy Friday – I’m Bobby

Fellow Mouseketeer Bobby never quite achieved Annette’s level of grooviness.

It’s Friday!

Several months ago Annette Funicello was featured here. At the end of that post, I promised a groovy clip from her fellow Mouseketeer, Bobby Burgess. I knew I had the clip filed away somewhere, but when I found it, I realized that it wasn’t all that groovy. Bobby never achieved Annette’s level of grooviness.

No matter. Here are Bobby and Cissy doing the Mickey Mouse Mambo on The Lawrence Welk Show.

Bobby Burgess went from Mouseketeer to regular off-screen life. After the show, he completed high school and then got a college degree. Eventually he returned to dancing. He auditioned for Lawrence Welk and the rest is history.

Anyway, here’s that clip I promised. Mambo!

I know. That’s not quite there.

How about this? It’s 70s stuff which is usually avoided here at Groovy Friday. You gotta dig those costumes, though.

Finally there’s this. You may think that Lawrence Welk wasn’t groovy.

You’d be wrong.

OK. You’d be right. But I know a lot of cool people who watch Lawrence Welk reruns on the local public television station and really enjoy it.

I really enjoy this clip.

Have a groovy weekend!

André Dupuy

Andre Dupuy is the youngest of five children, a fourth-generation Californian and he knows how to drive a Model-T Ford.

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