Creating The Annette (Funicello) Sound: [Video]

I found this video (featured below) so fascinating. The late Annette Funicello explains how the distinct Annette Sound associated with her singing was created.

Apparently, she had a small voice so, to broaden the timbre, she basically recorded the song then sang live with the song – basically singing back to it, as she explains.

Walt Disney was the person to catapult her singing career. Prior to this, she was cast as a Mickey Mouse Club member based on her overall performing skills.

Nowadays, with technology so advanced in the world of music, a little tweak called “adding reverb” would take care of this problem. Or, let’s face it, one could just lip sync to a performance- enhanced track.

What a world! Is it any wonder that, with every passing of a star from the baby-boomer age, music is moving closer and closer to becoming a virtual medium in every way, shape or form?

Have a listen to Annette’s explanation of how the “Annette Sound” was created. What a beautiful, dignified and fascinating lady!

About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

2 Responses to “Creating The Annette (Funicello) Sound: [Video]”

  1. Rosanne, I haven’t seen this anywhere! Thank you so much for putting it here. So many blogs have dozens upon dozens of pages of tribute to Annette. We Baby Boomers grew up with her and into our teens, we saw her movies. I didn’t realize she made 8 movies with Frankie Avalon. How sad they had there reunion in 1987 and that’s when she started to have very early symptoms of MS.

    I am so sadden by her death. Like so many, I couldn’t wait to get home and watch the Mickey Mouse Club. Later, it was “Spin and Marty”. The Beach movies were often standard for early dating experiences. What a lady, truly a class act Annette was. Too bad so many young celebrities believe they have to do things viewed as trashy, to attract attention.

    How sad so many years of her life were destroyed by MS. Now, she is free to run with the wind as she meets with our Lord. RIP Annette.


  2. I am glad you enjoyed the article. I just happened upon this video while browsing through YouTube and it intrigued me. I always wondered why they “toyed” with her voice. Seemed so strange considering it was during a time when everything was performed live and with real, untampered sound amplification.

    Interesting and neat that they found a workaround to enrichen her tiny voice.


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