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Album Review

"Johnny Get Angry" was one of the great teen pop hits and the biggest for Joannie Sommers, but most of her recordings were in more of a mature vein — pop in the old-fashioned sense. This straight CD reissue of her 1962 album has a mixture of both styles. The title track and "Since Randy Moved Away" sit alongside "(Theme From) A Summer Place" and "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," giving listeners a look at both sides of Sommers. Her minor hit version of "One Boy" from Bye Bye Birdie is also included among the dozen tracks here. With a playing time just under a half-hour, Johnny Get Angry could have been presented as a two-fer or with bonus tracks, but fans will be glad to finally have a legitimate reissue of her original album.


Born: 24 February 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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