The Original Mickey Mouse Club Show


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The Oberkirchen Children's Choir, known in their native Germany as the Schaumburger Märchensänger, had two performances broadcast on the third season of the Mickey Mouse Club. Both were filmed during the same week in 1957 that the group was in Burbank. This clip is of their first performace; the second, a Christmas medly, is not available. They had just reached international attention a few years before with their wonderful harmony and their trademark song, known in English as The Happy Wanderer, which they perform here. Annette Funicello introduces their teenage spokesperson, Karin Rennekaump, who then introduces the songs. The choir is still in existence today; YouTube has a recent (2012) video of them doing the The Happy Wanderer for two of the singers seen in this clip, Ursel Gaussman (in glasses) and Inge Volkening (in gray dress). (Thanks to David McElroy for correct identifications)

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