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Let's Talk About Love

Joanie Sommers

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Album Review

At the time of the release of this little-known LP (singer Joanie Sommers' fifth for Warner Bros), she was being packaged as the "voice of youth." Backed by a big band arranged and conducted by Tommy Oliver, Sommers interprets a dozen songs having something to do with love, programmed so as to tell a story. Sommers' voice at this point in time was quite musical but can be a bit of an acquired taste. She swings the pieces (a couple newer songs and such standards as "I'm Nobody's Baby," "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me," "Till There Was You" and "Kiss and Run") with sincerity and understanding of the lyrics. Some of the arrangements are a bit dated (using early-'60s pop rhythms), but in general the album works well.

Biography

Born: February 24, 1941 in Buffalo, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Joanie Sommers scored her biggest chart success with "Johnny Get Angry" in 1962. The single, her second solo release, peaked at the number seven spot and charted for more than two months. Her first solo record, "One Boy," was a number from the musical Bye Bye Birdie and only hit number 54 in 1960. She continued to record through the decade, but never had another winner that rose as high on the charts as "Johnny Get Angry." She later achieved a different kind of success in commercials with several...
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