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Outstanding and fun
on August 21, 2006
There is so much information in this book, I had to go through it three times to make sure I gleaned everything I could from it.
Well-researched and organized, Mouse Tracks is essential for Disney scholars and pop culture fans of the sixties if they want to find out more about the uncredited people who contributed so much not to just Disney, but to American film, tv and music of the past fourty years.
Reading this text, I learned a bit about the men's group who sang the theme song from Gilligans Island during its final two years, the beautiful Robie Lester (who just recently passed away), who with only a few minutes preparation came up with so many different voices as she did Disneyland's story reader series in the sixties, or the fact that she sang the title tune for Disney's "The Three Lives of Thomasina."
It was great to get some history on the late Jimmy Dodd, I never knew he was in the Lub and Abner films, or that Hal Smith (Otis from the Andy Griffith program) did the original "Whit" on Adventures in Odyssey. And even the fact that it was Ms. Jean Norman, who helped sing the themes for Star Trek and Flipper, or Gene Merlino who did likewise for Rawhide, The Road Runner Show, and Alien Nation, all added to this text.
Also, discovering who wrote some of my favorite Disney Christmas songs was a real treat: "The Sound of Laughter," and "Here He Comes," sung so marvellously by Pete Renaday, and released every so often on a seasonal Disney album made my day. You can really tell the emotion in his voice as he sang these carols.
The book tells a straightford history of Disney Music, broken up with profiles of the many people who contributed to the Music of the Mouse. So if you want to know who Dal McKennon, Lucille Bliss, or Dick Beals are? Or just who sang the theme from "Old Yeller"? Read this book. You'll be surprised at just who did what done.
Lastly, Hollis and Erbear need to continue their research talents into other Disney and non-Disney entertainment avenues. Their skills cannot be allowed to go to waste.
P.S. Tell Disney I still want Alan Youngs audio version of "A Christmas Carol" reissued on CD. My old 8 track is shot.