I was browsing through Pinterest today, and someone had posted a number of songs by Dodie Stevens (née Geraldine Ann Pasquale in Chicago). I listened and liked her voice, and when I looked her up on Wikipedia I learned that her biggest hit, “Pink Shoelaces,” was recorded when she was just thirteen years old, not unlike Brenda Lee. It reached #3 on the Pop chart and #5 on the R&B chart in 1959.
Dodie charted a few more times in 1959 and 1960, with songs like “Yes-Sir-Ee” (#79), “Five Pennies” (#89), and “Yes, I’m Lonesome Tonight” (#60). She married in 1962 at sixteen, had a daughter (Stephanie), divorced in 1966 and resumed her musical career. She had some success with “Billy, I’ve Got To Go To Town” in 1969, recording as Geraldine Stevens. It was an “answer song” to Kenny Rogers and the First Edition’s “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.” WLS used to play them back-to-back. It charted at #117 on the Pop chart and #57 on the Country chart.
After vocal lessons, she began recording with Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’77 in 1972, and since then has toured with Loretta Lynn, Boz Scaggs, Frankie Avalon, and Mac Davis as a backup singer. As Geri Stevens, she toured in the 1990’s with Fabian and her own company, “Dodie Stevens and the Pink Shoelaces Review.” She recently has been working the oldies concert circuit and with Stephanie, as seen here. She still has a fantastic voice.
Dodie Stevens, your Two for Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Thanks to Wikipedia, the blogger’s best friend…