Don't Just Stand There
  Anna's first hit record album...

 

 

Title:

Don't Just Stand There

 

Year:

1965

 

Record Company:

United Artists Records

 

Track Listing:
Don't Just Stand There *#
Why Don't They Understand
Downtown
Danke Schoen
Everything But Love
World Without Love
Say Something Funny **
Too Young
What the World Needs Now Is Love
Save Your Heart For Me
Ribbons and Roses
The End of the World

 

* Reached #8 on the Billboard charts

** Reached #22 on the Billboard charts

# Was awarded a Gold Record Award

 

Liner Notes:

When sparkling, eighteen-year-old PATTY DUKE is called America's most popular teenager, there can be no argument. The talented young New York City-born lass first conquered Broadway, went on to win a coveted Oscar for her performance in the film, "The Miracle Worker," then continued her string of triumphs via "The Patty Duke Show," one of television's most highly-rated programs.

Just a short time ago, the amazing and precocious Miss Duke signed with United Artists Records and shortly thereafter, her initial single was released by the company. Patty scored heavily again with "Don't Just Stand There" which became one of the big hits of the year.

This impressive roster of overwhelming conquests continues. Now Patty is starring in the motion picture, "Billie," already being touted as one of the most delightful giants of the season, and she is presently hard at work on still more of "The Patty Duke Show," more spirited, more refreshing and more entertaining than ever.

"DON'T JUST STAND THERE is PATTY DUKE's first album ever, and just like everything else she touches, it is pure gold. It is certain to find a huge throng of eager fans waiting to purchase it and catapult it quickly high on the nation's best-seller lists. In addition to the title tune, it contains a wonderful selection of the great songs of the day -- all eminently youthful and all hand-picked by our star of stars. As can be readily ascertained in these selections, Patty is a singer with tremendous charm and appeal. She is always an actress, putting a meaning into the lyrics that she seldom been equaled by one of such tender years. She is indeed a lyricist's delight, in addition to being a delight to hear.

United Artists Records is proud to offer "DON'T JUST STAND THERE" by MISS PATTY DUKE -- only eighteen years old -- and already one of the truly big names in the entertainment world.

 

Fan Review:

Yes kids, this is THE  Patty Duke album!  This is the one that skyrocketed Anna Patty Duke to recording stardom in 1965, with the smash hit "Don't Just Stand There" and followed up by "Say Something Funny."  The album itself is a cute collection of pop songs of the day mixed with some originals done by Anna.  All in all not a bad album. 

Anna sheds new light on many of these cover songs, such as "The End of the World", which I personally like even better than Skeeter Davis' original version.  Her voice is full of innocence and youth.  It's not quite as developed as in her later recordings, but it's still VERY pleasant to the ear.

 

-Craig Emery

 

 

The first Patty Duke album, "Don't just stand there," is an infectious charm of a recording, with Anna putting energy and meaning into everything she sings.

 

"Downtown" is far from the sedate Petula Clark version; instead, Anna gives it the excitement the song demands.

Anna's version of "Save your heart for me" has a dimension that the Gary Lewis version lacks.  Again, Anna is faithful in putting meaning to the lyrics.

"Danke Schoen," in my opinion, is superior to the Wayne Newton version.  Anna interprets, and acts throughout the album.  You can actually "hear" her smiling or pouting, or whatever the song calls for.
There is no doubt in my mind that Anna would have had a more important recording career had she started earlier.  "Don't just stand there" is reminiscent of Leslie Gore's "You don't own me," and girl singers ( Gore, Little Peggy March, Shelly Faberes) were all the rage in the early 60s.  By 1965, the British invasion had occurred, and "Don't just stand there," although it charted well, did not endure like the other teen age girl angst songs of the early 60s.  "Don't just stand there," however, is still very listenable, and has held up very well over the years.  

 

-Mark Carpenter