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!"
Marshall and Williams even performed "Da Doo Ron Ron" during that year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade to promote the album.
While the album never charted on a Billboard tally, it did spin off a hit single in the duo's cover of "Sixteen Reasons." (Listen to the track, below.) It peaked at No. 65 on the Hot 100 on the list dated Dec. 18, 1976. The song was first made a hit by Connie Stevens, who took her version of the tune to No. 3 in 1960.
Aside from "Sixteen Reasons," the sitcom's theme song — which was not performed by Marshall and Williams — also become a Hot 100 hit. Cyndi Grecco's "Making Our Dreams Come True" peaked at No. 25 on the Hot 100 dated July 4, 1976; and at No. 13 on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart dated June 26, 1976.