Dodie Stevens

Pink Shoelaces

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Dodie Stevens' "Pink Shoelaces" is one of the most fun and memorable -- yet neglected -- hits of the late '50s, and the album that shares its name is a veritable greatest-hits package since it has four of her five Top 100 hits. Besides "Pink Shoelaces," her other less successful hits include an answer to Elvis Presley's "Are You Lonesome Tonight" ("Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight"), the infectious but politically incorrect "No," and the pop vocal number "The Five Pennies." Typical of teen idol albums, Pink Shoelaces tries to appeal to everyone by vacillating between adult pop and youth-oriented rock & roll, with the occasional golden oldie ("Mairzy Doats") or country song ("I Fall to Pieces") thrown in for good measure. The 1994 Japanese CD reissue on the South Bay label adds two bonus tracks: "Yes-Sir-Ee," her remaining Top 100 hit, and "Too Young," from the B-side of "Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight."