learning to wave bye-bye.)
many wonderful recordings made
by the gifted young singer.
in this series were recorded by
Dodie Stevens while she was
in her early to mid teens!
"So Let's Dance," a great rock 'n' roll
number written by Paul Anka.
B side of "Am I Too Young")
hit with "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby," a song
I recently presented in Dueling Doo-Wops 10.
instrumental track and changed the words of
the song to "Merry, Merry Christmas, Baby."
be played during the holidays. Incidentally,
in 1988, the Tune Weavers recorded their
own version of the seasonal song.
(Nov./Dec. 1960, uncharted)
a #1 hit with the partly sung and partly spoken
"Are You Lonesome To-Night."
answer song, the moderately successful
"Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight."
(Jan. 1961, highest chart position #60)
the singing prodigy I mentioned in Part 1,
recorded a spoken word teenage lament
entitled "Miss In-Between Blues."
who appeared in Disney movies and later co-starred
in Hawaii 5-0, reached the top 30 on the Canadian
of the song in America but it remained uncharted.
a variation of "She Cried," the top 5
hit by Jay and the Americans.
of the Rogers and Hart standard
"Dancing On the Ceiling" from
Chiffons recorded and released in August 1964,
was a girl group sound most notably released two
months earlier in June of '64 by The Sherry Sisters.
The record by the Brooklyn sister act failed to
make the American chart but was a huge hit
in Japan and became a million seller.
"Sailor Boy." Dodie's Dolton single was released
at the end of 1963, thereby predating the version
by The Sherry Sisters and two similar themed
records made by Diane Renay, "Navy Blue"
and "Kiss Me, Sailor." "Sailor Boy" is yet
another great Dodie Stevens record
that somehow failed to chart.
proved herself capable of performing
in a variety of vocal styles.
teen pop and rock 'n' roll. It's both a mystery and
a shame that she only had one hit in her career.
It took me more than 50 years to discover
the full extent of Dodie Stevens' talent.
Better late than never.