Alex Heigl
February 11, 2014 08:10 AM

As the nation remembers “America’s Darling” Shirley Temple, several things come to mind. Ringlets. Dimples. That smile. And “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” which, with the news of Temple’s death, becomes a bittersweet melody.

From the time she first delivered it, the wistful ditty was widely recognized as Temple’s trademark. She first sang it in 1934’s Bright Eyes, in a scene she reportedly choreographed herself.

The number, like its star, became an iconic fixture of American pop culture, and over the years the song has been referenced on The Brady Bunch, Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Simpsons – as well as name-checked in A Tribe Called Quest’s song “What?” from The Low End Theory.

Such was Shirley’s enduring influence.

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