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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Little Girl - Big Talent. This Year, Let's Spend Christmas with Dodie Stevens!


I guess you could say

that Geraldine Pasquale 

was precocious.


Geraldine, aka Dodie Stevens,

had a top 5 hit record at age 13.


She recorded it at age 12!

"Pink Shoe Laces" 
(April 1959, highest chart position #3)




For more than 50 years I overlooked and
underestimated perky songstress Dodie Stevens.
I thought of her as a one hit wonder. Maybe that's true.
"Pink Shoe Laces" was the only single of Dodie's
that ever climbed as high as the Billboard top 50.


When I did a little digging, however, I discovered
many fine recordings by this talented songbird.
Incredibly, all were made before her 18th birthday!
As a Christmas present for you (and for me),
I picked a dozen favorites for this 2-part series.


From the songwriting/composing team of
Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold who gave us
"It's Now or Never" and 16 other songs waxed
by Elvis Presley, came the tender ballad "Miss
Lonely Hearts."  Barely in her teens, Dodie
turned in a wonderful vocal performance that
revealed maturity far beyond her tender years.

"Miss Lonely Hearts" 
(August 1959, highest chart position #111)




Unsolved mystery: In the late 50s when romantic
ballads were quite popular, how could a record
as sweet as Dodie's "Miss Lonely Hearts" have
been confined to the Bubbling Under chart?


On the flip side of "Miss Lonely Hearts" is a pop
standard inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly.
"Poor Butterfly" was introduced on Broadway in
1916's The Big Show and in 1959 Dodie Stevens
recorded the song and made it her own!

"Poor Butterfly"  
(August 1959, B side of "Miss Lonely Hearts")




"Where or When," the oft recorded show tune
from the 1937 Rogers and Hart musical
Babes in Arms, was a top 5 hit for
Dion and the Belmonts in the
early weeks of 1960.


Dodie Stevens released a fine version
of the song around that time on her
second album, Over the Rainbow.

"Where or When" 
(from 1960 album Over the Rainbow)




Dodie's album Over the Rainbow also
included a splendid rendition of a
frequently recorded jazz standard.


George and Ira Gershwin's "Someone to
Watch Over Me" was introduced in the
1926 musical Oh, Kay!

"Someone To Watch Over Me" 
(from 1960 album Over the Rainbow)




"Candy Store Blues" originally became a hit
in 1946 for child singing star Toni Harper.


In 1960 Dodie Stevens waxed
a fine version of her own.

"Candy Store Blues" 
(March 1960, uncharted B side of "Amigo's Guitar")




Stick around!

More fabulous recordings by teen

singing sensation Dodie Stevens

are coming up in my next post as

 we spend Christmas with Dodie!

Have a Shady day!