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.
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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