As the world mourns the loss of Penny Marshall -- who died Monday (Dec. 18) from diabetes complications at age 75 -- Billboard takes a look back at the chart success connected to her hit ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley.
Near the end of 1976, Marshall and her Laverne co-star Cindy Williams capitalized on the show's success and released their own album. Titled Laverne & Shirley Sing, the set was released by Atlantic Records and credited to Laverne & Shirley. The album featured Marshall and Williams performing in character, covering songs like "Chapel of Love" and "Da Doo Ron Ron," along with some original tunes.
"Cindy took it very seriously. I knew I couldn't sing," Marshall recalled in the 2005 episode of A&E's Biography: Laverne & Shirley. "So, you know, I just think, try everything. How often do you get asked to make a record? (Laughs) We can't sing, let's do it!"