Patty Duke

Don't Just Stand There/Patty

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No one would ever accuse actress Patty Duke of being a great singer, but given the right material she could put a song over with an innocent charm that helps make her few albums a nice addition to the collection of girl group fans, early pop mavens, and Brill Building aficionados. She didn't have many hits, but she did reach number eight on the Billboard charts with her first single "Don't Just Stand There." That bouncy little tune leads off the first album on this two-for-one set that includes her 1965 album of the same name, 1966's Patty, and two songs from the soundtrack to the film Billie. Both albums feature Duke singing the hits of the day, like "Yesterday" and "A World Without Love," but the original songs come off the best, showcasing Duke's sweet vocals on a series of melancholy ballads and happy uptempo tracks. Unlike many albums made by teen celebrities in the '60s (and beyond), there is nothing embarrassing on either record, and both stand as fun little artifacts of the era.

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