One of the more talented girl group-styled solo singers of the 1960s who never got a big hit, Tracey Dey never even made the Top 50, although three of her singles got to lower chart positions. Her "I Won't Tell" is one of the top ten non-hit girl group singles of all time, with its great catchy chorus, full-stomping production, surprise false ending, and assertive singing. "I Won't Tell," like several of Dey's singles, was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, the same team responsible for penning most of the Four Seasons' big hits. Crewe also helped write some of Dey's singles even when Gaudio wasn't involved, and certainly tried to give Dey a shot, producing discs for her on Vee Jay, Liberty, and Amy. Dey was certainly better than most girl group singers of the time that didn't make it, and better than some that did, with a full and mature voice. She and Crewe didn't get that one piece of outstanding material that might have set her on course for a successful career, though, and when they did (with "I Won't Tell") it didn't catch on as it should have. Much of Dey's 1960s material is available on a hard-to-find CD that also includes tracks by one-shot early-'60s singer Marcie Blane.
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