may or may not have thought of the theme song from
The Patty Duke Show
as part of her legacy, but it’s one of the best-written,
minutes of music ever to launch a subsequent 23 minutes of episodic television nonsense.
It ranks up there with the earworm classics from
The Brady Bunch.
If you’re inclined to debate the point, you might also squeeze in
. But still.
Written by Sid Ramin and Bob Wells (lyrics), the song sets up the show’s situation – it’s about identical cousins Cathy and Patty, the one rather genteel and British, the other just “a girl from Brooklyn Heights” – in a sprightly, very economical 20 lines.
The contrasting personalities are deftly captured in the lighter “Cathy” melody and lyrics (“…Cathy adores a minuet/ The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette”) versus the more boisterous “Patty” sections (“…Patty loves to rock and roll/ A hot dog makes her lose control”).
In a more rarefied time we would say the song perfectly juxtaposes the Apollonion and the Dionysian. But then we would lose our mind.