Today on the tray: Lollipops

lollipopJuly 20 is National Lollipop Day.

According to the holiday site Punchbowl, “Culinary historians believe that the lollipop (or at least some form of it) has been around since the prehistoric era. Early humans often enjoyed honey on a stick as a delicious treat. No one really knows how the modern-day lollipop was invented, but we do know how it got its name. George Smith, the owner of a small American candy store, came up with the sweet’s name. In the early 1900s, he called the candy a ‘lollipop’ after his favorite racehorse—Lolly Pop.”

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Cindy Brady (Susan Olsen) and Penelope Fletcher (Natalie Schaeffer) sing “On the Good Ship Lollipop” on The Brady Bunch.

This post used to have a YouTube clip of Cindy Brady singing “On the Good Ship Lollipop” with Natalie Schaeffer in the Brady Bunch episode titled “The Snooperstar,” but the clip no longer exists, so we have to be content with this photo.

Here’s what happens in the episode: Earlier in the series, Cindy showed herself to be a tattletale; in this episode, she’s a snoop who reads her sister’s diary. Jan and Marcia decide to teach her a lesson (aren’t those Brady kids always teaching each other lessons?) and plant an entry about a talent scout being interested in making Cindy the next Shirley Temple. Say what you will, the Brady kids knew their classic cinema—Peter with his Humphrey Bogart voice in “The Personality Kid” and now Cindy, who styles herself like Shirley Temple and sings “Good Ship Lollipop” to Mike’s visiting client, convinced the woman is the talent scout. But she’s not. She’s Penelope Fletcher (played by “Lovey Howell” actress Natalie Schaeffer), and she’s a difficult client, but she is so charmed by Cindy that she joins her in the song and dance.

But wait—there’s more lollipop goodness. Here is a video of the Chordettes singing “Lollipop” on The Andy Williams Show. And it has the words, karaoke-style, in case you can’t remember “Lollipop, lollipop, oh lolli lolli lolli lollipop.” That’s Andy Williams making the pop sound. Didn’t his mother ever tell him to keep his fingers out of his mouth?

The Chordettes, “Lollipop,” on The Andy Williams Show (1960s)

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