(April 1959, highest chart position #3)
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.
I picked a dozen favorites for this 2-part series.
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
revealed maturity far beyond her tender years.
(August 1959, highest chart position #111)
ballads were quite popular, how could a record
as sweet as Dodie's "Miss Lonely Hearts" have
been confined to the Bubbling Under chart?
1916's The Big Show and in 1959 Dodie Stevens
recorded the song and made it her own!
(August 1959, B side of "Miss Lonely Hearts")
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.
of the song around that time on her
second album, Over the Rainbow.
(from 1960 album Over the Rainbow)
included a splendid rendition of a
frequently recorded jazz standard.
Watch Over Me" was introduced in the
1926 musical Oh, Kay!
in 1946 for child singing star Toni Harper.
a fine version of her own.
(March 1960, uncharted B side of "Amigo's Guitar")
we spend Christmas with Dodie!