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    Theme from The Patty Duke Show

    So, I wake up the other morning singing the theme song from the 1963 TV series, The Patty Duke Show. I obviously watched the show in re-runs.

    Herman had no idea what I was talking about. But I’ll share with you here the lyrics:

    “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 Ballet Russes, and crepe 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.”

    If you’ve never heard the tune for this song, simply go to www.youtube.com and type in The Patty Duke Show in “Search” and you’ll have not only the theme song, but the original introduction video as well. The Web site also has a promo and Breck Shampoo commercial by Duke, which really gives a feel for how TV was being presented at the time.

    After doing a quick search on Google, I found that the series stars were William Shallert as her dad and Jean Byron as her mom. Additionally Paul O’Keefe was her brother Ross.

    According to Wikipedia.com, the sitcom ran on ABC from September 18, 1963 to May 4, 1966 with repeats through August 31, 1966. The show was created as a vehicle for rising star Patty Duke, who had recently won an Academy Award for The Miracle Worker.Patty Lane (played by Duke) was a normal teenager living in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City, who loved boys, ice cream, and sleepovers. In the first episode, her "identical cousin" Cathy Lane (also played by Duke) came over to the United States from Scotland to live with Patty's family. Their close physical resemblance to each other is explained by their fathers being identical twin brothers.

    Herman tells me the series was most likely a spin-off of the Disney film, “The Parent Trap,” originally shot in 1961. I’ve never seen “The Parent Trap” myself, although I’ve had Terry explain the plot line to me. Upon researching the original Parent Trap, I found that Hayley Mills played the supposed twin sisters as Patty Duke played the supposed “identical cousins.”

    The theme song writers were Sid Ramin and Bob Wells. Ramin is best known for the orchestrations of West Side Story.

    In 1999, CBS aired The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' In Brooklyn Heights, which reunited most of the original cast, including Duke, Byron, O'Keefe, and Schallert.

    The Patty Duke Show is just one of many shows I watched as a girl and still have in my head all these years later. Every once in awhile when I start singing one and Terry joins in, I know I’m not the only one.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com