Yeah, so maybe I'll do a node someday for The Patty Duke Show
. Help yourself, if you're so inclined. It does seem odd, in retrospect, that ABC
, going for the youth market in its programming in those days (the great Ms. Duke
was still in her mid-teens at the time, IIRC -- she was the original Moesha sorta
), would let this loud, cheesy, old-school theme song slip by -- the close, vocal-group harmonies were more suited to selling boxes of Rinso White (on the radio
, circa 1947) or a brand-new '52 DeSoto. The only concession to "youth
" was the generic yé-yé rhythm section underneath "Our Patty loves to rock and roll"
. Small wonder the song Cathy did in one episode was a cover of Herman's Hermits
' "I'm Henry VIII I Am" -- a lame novelty song by a group that was the antithesis, among beat group
s, of the Stones
Meet Cathy, who's lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty's only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights --
What a crazy pair!
But they're cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day.
Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballets Russes, and crepes suzette,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control --
What a wild duet!
Still, they're cousins,
Identical cousins and you'll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike --
You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind.