Mickey Mouse Club, The

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funicelloThe Mickey Mouse Club debuted in 1955 and was an immediate hit with the younger audience.

The show was hosted by "The Mousketeers" - a group of 24 children wearing T-shirts with their names on them and mouse-ear hats - and an adult host who led the Mousketeers through the week's programmes.

Each day had a song and a special theme: Monday was "Fun with Music Day", Tuesday was "Guest Star Day", Wednesday "Anything Can Happen Day", Thursday "Circus Day" and Friday was "Talent Round-Up Day".

The original crop of Mouseketeers included future Beach Party babe, Annette Funicello, future Rifleman star Johnny Crawford, and future Standells vocalist Dick Dodd.

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Cubby O'Brien
Annette Funicello
Darlene Gillespie
Karen Pendleton
Jimmie Dodd
Johnny Crawford
Bobby Burgess
Sharon Baird
Michael Smith
Doreen Tracey
Nancy Abbate
Don Underhill
Roy Williams
Eileen Diamond