Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shelley Fabares--Johnny Angel (1962)

    Shelley Fabares is best known as an actress. From 1958 to 1963, she played, "Mary Stone" on the "Donna Reed Show", and would go on to co-star with Elvis in three of his pictures, and would have greater fame on the TV show, "Coach", and with a long standing part on "One Day at A Time". By the early 60's, the phenomenon of taking teen television stars and putting them in a recording studio was in full swing and Shelley was no different.

     Darlene Love and the Blossoms were here back up group on the record. She later recalled how terrified she was because it was obvious to her that her back up group was so much better singers than she was and really wasn't excited at all about the prospect of being a singer.

     The results on this record however are pleasant. She is covered in reverb just in case, but is isn't bad at all. The public seemed to like it as well as "Johnny Angel" hit #1 in April of 1962. She never had another hit, and was soon concentrating on a film and television career which saw her greater success


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