THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT "JOHNNY"
Though this Johnny is past the puppy-love days of
being anyone's "Johnny Angel" (tell me about it),
without doubt, "Johnny" and "John"
the two most common names in song.
"Oh Johnny," "When Johnny Come Marching
"Big Bad John," "Johnny One-Note," "Johnny
B. Goode, " "Johnny Cakes,"
"Dear John," "Johnny Get Angry," "Johnny
Jingo," "Johnny Will,"
and the list continues.
Shelley Fabares also had a "thing" for
"Johnny." She had her monster hit "Johnny Angel," which you are hearing, and then a lesser hit,
"Johnny Loves Me," which only reached
#21 and remained
on The Charts for 6 weeks, compared to
#1 for 2 Weeks - Top 40 for 13
First charted 03/17/1962
And Now, Something About
I know... for decades you have pronounced her name Fabray...
and now that you're seeing her name spelled-out... are having the same linguistic twist that you have with Green Bay
Packers'QB, Brent Farvre whose name is commonly pronounced like "nerve," except "farve." Well, it's understandable. Shelley
has a well-known aunt named, Nanette Fabray (Ruby Fabares, no surprise here), the energetic commedienne who has had a
very successful career in acting; a few highlights being MGM's The Band Wagon in 1953 and
3 Emmy's after replacing Imogen Coca on the the Sid Ceasar's Hour after Coca's death.
Had Shelley not been successful with "Johnny Loves Me," (#21
in 6/62), the follow-up tune to "Johnny Angel," she would have joind a long list of the One-Hit-Wonders of the '60s.
Nonetheless, after her singing "career" of 19 weeks on the Top 40 Charts for her combined songs, Shelley went on to have a far more substantial career
in acting both in three movies with Elvis and on TV's Donna Reed Show, and more.