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Real Gone Rescues Shelby, Joanie and Connie: Complete Singles Coming In November

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It was nearly one year ago to the day – September 13, 2010 – that The Second Disc brought you news of four exciting collections planned from Collectors’ Choice Music: Complete Singles collections from beloved sixties gals Petula Clark, Connie Stevens, Joanie Sommers and Shelby Flint.

Shortly thereafter, on October 7, news broke that the Clark set had been cancelled.  Gordon Anderson, the then-veep of Collectors’ Choice, confirmed to The Second Disc that “at the eleventh hour, Petula’s management decided that they did not want the project to come out.”

The other three releases were still on the schedule last October, but they, too, were soon scuttled when Collectors’ Choice abandoned its thriving reissue label.  Good things do often come to those who wait, however.  Flash-forward to the present day, and Anderson has launched Real Gone Music with business partner Gabby Castellana.  Surely many smiles came when Real Gone tweeted last Friday evening that three of the label’s debut releases would be the long-in-gestation Complete Warner Bros. Singles of Connie Stevens and Joanie Sommers, and Complete Valiant Singles of Shelby Flint!

November 8 is the new date that you can expect all three collections to be released by Real Gone.  In the meantime, hit the jump for more info, including track listings and discography!

Connie Stevens (real name: Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia) was born in 1938 to a musical family led by singers Teddy Stevens, a.k.a. Peter Ingoglia, and Eleanor McGinley.  Though she sang from an early age with groups like The Foremost (later to provide roots for the all-male Lettermen) and The Three Debs, Connie first found fame as an actress. Signed to Warner Bros. Pictures, she appeared in movies and starred in television shows, most famously Hawaiian Eye from 1959 to 1962.  She portrayed the role of Cricket Blake opposite Robert Conrad’s Tom Lopaka.  Stevens famously guested on the popular show 77 Sunset Strip in 1959, scoring a hit single on the fledgling Warner Bros. Records label with “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb,” a duet with Sunset Strip’s Edd “Kookie” Byrnes.  Warner Bros. released her debut album, a collection of standards, but further pop success ensued with youth-oriented singles like “Sixteen Reasons” and “Too Young to Go Steady.”  Real Gone’s compilation will collect all ofher singles and B-sides from that era, many of which have not previously been released on CD.

Joanie Sommers might be best known for the 1962 single “Johnny Get Angry,” written by the team of Sherman Edwards (the musical 1776) and Hal David and cut by Joanie as she entered her 20s.  Sommers’ innocent narrator is rather miffed that her meek boyfriend doesn’t object when others cut into their dance:  “Oh, Johnny get angry, Johnny get mad/Give me the biggest lecture I ever had/I want a brave man, I want a cave man/Johnny, show me that you care, really care for me.”  This offbeat ode to the brutish boy of her dreams sent Sommers’ career into orbit, and she made an impression not only on the pop charts but on television.  Joanie was a frequent guest on variety and talk shows, and also a prominent jingle singer as “The Pepsi Girl.” Sommers later proved herself to be a top-notch interpreter and vocalist of jazz standards, but this compilation is devoted to her pop best.  Like Connie, Joanie also had a connection to Edd Byrnes, and scored a hit with “Kookie’s Love Song (While Dancing).”

The pop career of Shelby Flint ran roughly parallel to that of Joanie and Connie.  Real Gone’s set brings together her complete singles for the Valiant label, also the original home of The Association.  Born in 1939, Flint has two hit singles under her belt, 1961’s “Angel on My Shoulder” and 1966’s vocal version of the Vince Guaraldi standard “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” both of which will appear on this new set.  Esteemed jazz critic Leonard Feather described Flint as a “technically flawless performer with a pure sound and a wide range,” while Joni Mitchell cited her as an important, early influence.  When she was signed to Valiant, she was already a proficient guitarist and pianist, and in later years, she worked with such jazz artists as Chick Corea, Al Jarreau and Tim Weston.  Flint also memorably sang “Someone’s Waiting For You,” the Academy Award-nominated theme to Walt Disney Productions’ 1977 motion picture The Rescuers, starring Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor as two very brave animated mice.

As soon as further details are released by Real Gone, we’ll update accordingly.  Possible track listings (based on the original Collectors’ Choice would-be releases) with partial discography can be found below for all three sets, due November 8 as part of the first-ever release slate from Real Gone Music!

Connie Stevens, The Complete Warner Bros. Singles Collection (Real Gone Music, 2011 – formerly scheduled as Collectors’ Choice WWCCM21542, 2010)

  1. Why Can’t He Care For Me
  2. Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) (Warner Bros. single 5047, 1960)
  3. Apollo
  4. Why Do I Cry For Joey?
  5. Sixteen Reasons (Warner Bros. single 5137, 1960)
  6. Little Sister (Warner Bros. single 5137, 1960)
  7. Too Young To Go Steady (Warner Bros. single 5159, 1960)
  8. A Little Kiss Is A Kiss Is A Kiss (Warner Bros. single 5159, 1960)
  9. Make Believe Lover
  10. And This Is Mine
  11. If You Don’t, Somebody Else Will
  12. The Greenwood Tree
  13. La Le Lu
  14. Man Soll Sich So Schnell Nicht Verlieben
  15. Why’d You Wanna Make Me Cry (Warner Bros. single 5265, 1962)
  16. Just One Kiss (Warner Bros. single 5265, 1962)
  17. Mr. Songwriter (Warner Bros. single 5289, 1962)
  18. I Couldn’t Say No (Warner Bros. single 5289, 1962)
  19. Hey, Good Lookin’
  20. Nobody’s Lonesome For Me
  21. Little Miss Understood
  22. There Goes Your Guy
  23. A Girl Never Knows
  24. They’re Jealous Of Me
  25. Now That You’ve Gone (Warner Bros. single 5610, 1964)
  26. Lost In Wonderland (Warner Bros. single 5610, 1964)
  27. In The Deep Of The Night
  28. Something Beautiful
  29. In My Room
  30. Don’t You Want To Love Me
  31. All Of My Life
  32. That’s All I Want From You
  33. How Bitter The Taste Of Love
  34. Most Of All
  35. It’ll Never Happen Again
  36. What Will I Tell Him

Joanie Sommers, The Complete Warner Bros. Singles Collection (Real Gone Music, 2011 – previously scheduled as Collectors’ Choice WWCCM21552, 2010)

  1. Kookie’s Love Song (with Edd Byrnes)
  2. One Boy
  3. I’ll Never Be Free
  4. Be My Love
  5. Why Don’t You Do Right
  6. Ruby Duby Du
  7. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight)
  8. I Don’t Want to Walk Without You
  9. Seems Like Long, Long Ago
  10. Piano Boy
  11. Serenade of the Bells
  12. Makin’ Whoopee
  13. What’s Wrong with Me
  14. Johnny Get Angry
  15. Theme from “A Summer Place”
  16. When the Boys Get Together
  17. Passing Strangers
  18. Goodbye Joey
  19. Bobby’s Hobbies
  20. Memories, Memories
  21. Since Randy Moved Away
  22. Little Bit of Everything
  23. Henny Penny
  24. June is Busting Out All Over
  25. Little Girl Bad
  26. Wishing Well
  27. Goodbye Summer
  28. Big Man
  29. I’d Be So Good for You
  30. I’m Gonna Know He’s Mine
  31. If You Love Him
  32. I Think I’m Gonna Cry Now
  33. Don’t Pity Me
  34. My Block
  35. Talk Until Midnight
  36. The Great Divide
  37. Sommer’s Hot, Sommer’s Here (Radio Spot)
  38. U.S. Savings Bond Radio Spot

Tracks 4-5 from Warner Bros. single 5177, 1960
Tracks 14-15 from Warner Bros. single 5275, 1962
Tracks 16-17 from Warner Bros. single 5308, 1962
Tracks 18-19 from Warner Bros. single 5324, 1963
Tracks 33-34 from Warner Bros. single 5629, 1965

Shelby Flint, The Complete Valiant Singles Collection (Real Gone Music, 2011 – previously scheduled as Collectors’ Choice WWCCM21562, 2010)

  1. Angel On My Shoulder
  2. Somebody
  3. I Will Love You
  4. Every Night
  5. Magic Wand
  6. A Broken Vow
  7. The Riddle Song
  8. I Love A Wanderer
  9. The Boy I Love
  10. Ugly Duckling
  11. Little Dancing Doll
  12. It Really Wouldn’t Matter
  13. Pipes For Keith
  14. Wonderland
  15. I’ve Grown Accustomed To His Face
  16. Our Town
  17. Lonely Cinderella
  18. Joy In The Morning
  19. What’s New Pussycat
  20. Bluebird
  21. Cast Your Fate To The Wind
  22. The Lily
  23. I Will Love You (Original Cadence Single Version)
  24. Oh, I Miss Him So (Original Cadence Single Version)

Tracks 1-2 from Valiant single 6001, 1960
Tracks 3-4 from Valiant single 6010, 1961
Tracks 5-6 from Valiant single 6004, 1960
Tracks 7-8 from Valiant single 6017, 1962
Tracks 9-10 from Valiant single 6002, 1960
Tracks 11-12 from Valiant single 6031, 1963
Tracks 13-14 from Valiant single 6052, 1964
Tracks 15-16 from Valiant single 6060, 1964
Tracks 17-18 from Valiant single 716, 1965
Tracks 19-20 from Valiant single 722, 1965
Tracks 21-22 from Valiant single 743, 1966
Tracks 23-24 from Cadence single 1352, 1958

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Written by Joe Marchese

September 13, 2011 at 09:41

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  1. Good news. Now maybe Real Gone can pick up the Bing Crosby rarities that his estate issued as downloads only. They deserve to beissued on real CDs.

    How about the complete singles of Jeri Southern?

    Kevin

    September 13, 2011 at 13:33

  2. I got to meet Connie last month, I wish this had been available then for her to sign. She did sign the other CC releases for me tho. Nice lady.

    Robert Lett

    September 14, 2011 at 17:20


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