Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Johnny Angel - Johnny Angel

On the B-side of Mirumaru's 1978 disco single "Sun vain oon" (finnpicked before, see here) was this "Johnny Angel". The Finnish lyrics were written by Pertsa Reponen. The original "Johnny Angel" was co-written by Lee Pockriss - an American, who wrote or co-wrote many smah hits in the end of 50's and in the 60's most notably "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". This teen ballad about "Johnny Angel" was number one hit for TV actress and singer Shelley Fabares (b. Michele Ann Marie Fabares) in  1962. The song premiered on an episode of Fabares' popular sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. Another famous singer Darlene Love with her group, the Blossoms, sang backing vocals on this. You can see the afore-mentioned Donna Reed Show -clip, here. However, Shelley wasn't the first to record the song. It was originally recorded (in 1962) by musch less-known singer named Georgia Lee. Let's hear her version, too.

Here's the triplet:

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