"What people don't understand is that Annette Funicello introduced America to ska music by and large," shared Norwood Fisher, bassist of the band Fishbone - U.S. alternative rock band formed in 1979 which plays a fusion of ska, punk rock, funk, hard rock and soul whom performed alongside Funicello in the film Back to the Beach - to LargeUp.com in a 2011 interview.
"You know, Harry Belafonte brought us Caribbean music, the whole region. Annette Funicello actually covered Jamaican Ska and that is why ska music to this day is intertwined with surf culture and why Reggae music is intertwined with surf culture, because of Annette Funicello. So it makes sense in that realm because we were pioneering the new generation of ska in America, the West Coast sound or whatever, however you want to slice it. Somebody saw [that] and put it together."
In the scene where she performed the single, Funicello is in a flirty, polka-dot sundress singing and gamely attempting to skank, "Not many people can do the Cha Cha Cha/ not everybody can do the twist/ but everybody can do the Jamaica Ska/ it's a new dance you can't resist."
May her soul rest in peace.