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Recorded during 1962-63 and released for the first time on this CD from Studio West, the set has 20 concise performances taken from The Navy Swings, a series of 15-minute radio programs. Accompanied by either Shelly Manne's Quintet (with trumpeter Conte Candoli, tenor-saxophonist Richie Kamuca, pianist Russ Freeman and bassist Chuck Berghofer) or the Bobby Troup Sextet (of which the personel is unknown), Sommers sound quite young (she was 21) but shows a great deal of maturity on these high-quality ballads and swingers; her phrasing on "I Concentrate on You" is particularly memorable. Most of the cuts are just around two minutes long and the musicians only get brief solos but Sommers's very attractive and enthusiastic voice makes this set worth picking up.


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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