The Brady Bunch was no stranger to a tune. Everyone remembers the classic season three episode "Dough Re Mi," when Greg pens the surefire hit entitled "We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Better." Of course, when the kids hit the studio, the puberty-struck Peter keeps cracking his line in "Time to Change."
Outside of the TV show, the Bradys were keeping up with the Partridges in the pop game. The gang cut a handful of records that showcased the singing talents of the elder, aspiring siblings — Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick. While Barry Williams was no Barry White, he did continually make music throughout his career, from those early Brady tie-ins to Broadway to Eminem parodies.
Let's take a tour through the Brady Bunch discography.
The six children (and Tiger!) made their debut on this platter of carols. These are traditional noels such as "Silent Night" and "Away in a Manger," complete with ringing bells and choral backing. Though there's a slight touch of 1970s folk-rock to the production.
2. Barry Williams - "Sweet Sweetheart" (1971)
The actor set out on a solo career singing this number by Carol King and Gerry Goffin (check out King's take on her country-ish tune here). You can listen to it on Spotify. The b-side was a cover of Bobby Hebb's "Sunny." Despite some heavy promotion from Paramount (like this ad in Billboard), the single failed to spark a lucrative side career.
3. Eve Plumb "How Will It Be?" (1971)
Plumb's father, Neely Plumb, was a saxophonist, producer and record executive. Unsurprisingly, he gave his daughter a solo shot on this rare 45. We're quite curious to hear the flip side, "(Nicchi Sgnacchi Muscchi Mucchi) The Fortune Cookie Song," if anyone has this deep cut.
4. Meet the Brady Bunch (1972)
The second full-length Brady outing featured those two cuts from "Dough Re Mi." On the album, Peter gets to hit his notes.
5. The Kids from the Brady Bunch (1972)
This cartoony outing aimed for a younger crowd. The cover features some fun puzzle representations of the track listing. See if you can figure out what the songs are. Hint: The first one is a Beatles cover. Take a listen to the funky interpretation.
6. Phonographic Album (1973)
Like the Monkees, the Brady Bunch evolved into a more series studio act as they aged. The bubblegum was turning into breath mints. The maturing kids dipped into adult contemporary, covering the Seals & Croft daydream "Summer Breeze," which honestly features impressive harmonies and some nice touches of keyboards and horns. This album actually received a vinyl reissue about a decade back.
7. Chris Knight & Maureen McCormick (1973)
Marcia and Peter teamed up under there legal names for a batch of funky folk-rock. McCormick outshines her fake half-brother, frankly, and the producers seemed quite aware of this, as Knight is mixed down. It could almost be mistaken for a McCormick solo record. She would eventually get around to that in 1995.