Shelley Fabares is one -- and maybe the best -- of a handful of young actresses/singers who emerged from the end of the 1950s through the mid-'60s, in an attempt to extend television stardom into action on the pop charts. Most didn't last, and none made the impact of their rivals, the singers who tried acting (Connie Francis, Sandy Stewart, Lulu, etc.), but Fabares did score a huge hit with "Johnny Angel."
Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel (Full Video Edit by CorbiOnn)
Label: Colpix Records 1961
Written: Pockriss, Duddy
Producer, Arranged: Stu Phillips
Shelley Fabares was born on January 19, 1944 in California, to a family that already had a background performing (her aunt is Nanette Fabray, the actress best remembered for movies such as The Band Wagon), and she began working as a dancer and model while still a child. By the mid-'50s, she had appeared in such movies as Never Say Goodbye and Summer Love. In 1958, Fabares won the role of Mary Stone in the ABC television series The Donna Reed Show -- the show was a hit, and over the next five years, in tandem with former Mouseketeer Paul Petersen, who played her brother Jeff on the show, Fabares was one of the most visible and popular young performers on television, and the quintessential TV "daughter."
People: Betty White, Cloris Leachman, Earl Holliman, Ed Asner, Elaine Hendrix, Fred Willard, Gary Owens, Gavin Macleod, Lee Meriwether, Loretta Swit, Mike Farrell, Monty Hall, Nanette Fabray, Shelley Fabares, Suzanne Pleshette, Tom Poston, Vicki Roberts