Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dodie Stevens "Pink Shoelaces"

I absolutely LOVE this one-hit wonder from Dodie Stevens! I first heard the song on Sirius channel 5 (Fifties on Five), and just adored the upbeat and spunky beat. Can you imagine dressing like this now?!?

From Wikipedia:
Dodie Stevens (born Geraldine Ann Pasquale, February 17, 1946, Chicago, Illinois) is an American pop singer. She is best known for her million selling 1959 song "Pink Shoe Laces", which made her a star when she was only 13 years old.

Stevens and her family moved to the San Gabriel Valley in California when she was three. She soon started taking singing and dancing lessons. In 1954, at the age of eight, she recorded her first song, "Merry-Go Merry-Go Round." The song was performed on the Art Linkletter's House Party TV show and issued on Gold Star Records under the name Geri Pace.

The president of Crystalette Records, Carl Burns, happened to see her in a local show called "Strickly Informal." Mr. Burns gave her the name Dodie Stevens and the song "Pink Shoe Laces." Although Stevens did not initially like her new name or the song, she recorded "Pink Shoe Laces" in 1959 for the Crystalette label. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Following the song’s success, Dot Records signed her to a recording contract. In the early 1960s, she had several minor hit singles on Dot including "No" (Dot 16103) and "Yes I'm Lonesome Tonight" (Dot 16167), as well as "Merry, Merry Christmas Baby" (M. Sylvia / G. Lopez) (Dot 16166), which continues to enjoy airplay during the Christmas season.

Stevens married at the age of sixteen and moved to Missouri and lived on a farm. A few years later, she had a daughter, Stephanie. Soon thereafter, in 1966, she ended her marriage and resumed her singing career. In 1969, she appeared in the Billboard charts, peaking at #117 pop, #57 country, with the answer record "Billy, I've Got To Go To Town", under the name Geraldine Stevens. She took additional vocal lessons and in 1972 began appearing and recording with Sérgio Mendes and Brasil '77. In the ensuing years she toured as a backup singer with such recording artists as Loretta Lynn, Frankie Avalon, and Boz Scaggs, and for twelve years with Mac Davis. In the 1990s, as Geri Stevens, she toured with Fabian and her own company "Dodie Stevens and The Pink Shoe Laces Review." Recently, she has performed with her daughter Stephanie and appeared at oldies concerts across the country. She also teaches singing and stage performance out of her studio in San Diego County.

Although Stevens is a trained vocalist possessing considerable vocal range, she will be remembered for "Pink Shoe Laces," which was essentially a novelty song with the verses spoken in a staccato fashion.

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