Using the pseudonym "Robin Ward"--Robin was her sister's first name--she had a pop music hit with the song "Wonderful Summer", which reached the top 20 on the Billboard charts and has become an oldies classic.
She chose to use her daughters first name for her single because it sounded younger. And the song was geared towards teenagers. They didn't use her picture at the time of the release.
Was a singer on The Red Skelton Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and the Danny Kaye Show.
She did many of the popular TV theme songs from the 1960's and 70's. Including Flipper, Batman, Love American Style, and Maude.
Didn't know how to read sheet music when she started working in Hollywood. Went to City College to learn music.
Was the voice of Speedy Gonzales on Pat Boone's hit record "Speedy Gonzales".
Did the songs in Inside Daisy Clover (1965). Natalie Wood had wanted to do the singing and was not happy about Jackie doing the songs. So much so, that she refused to meet her during the production of the film. She again sang for Natalie in the film The Great Race (1965) that same year.
Sang on several number one hit singles. And received no royalties. That was the practice back then. Backup singers only received the per day fee.
Says she shifted from doing vocals for TV shows because she got paid a small amount of money for the whole day. Whereas, if she sang backup vocals for records she was paid better for less time.
Had a hit single that reached number 8 on the charts as Robin Ward. The song was "Wonderful Summer". It was released as a single on Dot records.
The McDonnell Sisters did a local show on KTLA for four years in the middle 1950's. It was called Bandstand Revue.