Time to come clean: I had the hots for Shelley Fabares.
I realize how this dates me. You'd have to remember "The Donna Reed Show" to recall how wholesomely hot Fabares was playing the daughter in the popular situation comedy. Truth is, she was way too old for me -- and still is (she has 66 candles to blow out today!) Now this infatuation ended about the time I got my first Daisy BB gun, but for a short spell there...
Fabares never considered herself a singer, in fact was terrified by the idea, but she nevertheless wound up with a No. 1 record in 1962 after the producer decided to add songs for her and Paul Peterson during the show's third season. "Johnny Angel" featured Glen Campbell on guitar with Darlene Love providing backing vocals.
Reluctant as she was, I don't think Fabares would mind if we relegated her to backup vocals today as we unveil another Birthday Band, comprised of artists born on January 19. We already have a pretty strong stable of female voices, and a whole lot more. The group:
Janis Joplin (1943-1970): Singer, Big Brother and the Holding Co.
Shelley Fabares (1944):Actress, The Donna Reed Show
Dolly Parton (1946): Singer/songwriter
Harvey Hinsley (1948): Guitar, Hot Chocolate
Robert Palmer (1949-2003): Singer/musician
Dewey Bunnell (1951): Singer/musician, America
Addicted To Love
You Sexy Thing
Here You Come Again
I Believe in Love
Horse With No Name
Me and Bobby McGee
Piece of My Heart
Every Kinda People
Down on Me
I Will Always Love You