Kathy Young, born on October 21, 1945 in Santa Ana, California was all of 15 years old when she scored her first hit single for Indigo Records, home of a group called The Innocents who had just seen their first release for the label, Honest I Do, hit # 28 Pop Hot 100 in September. A producer at Indigo named Jim Lee thought it would be a good idea to pair Young with the group, and for their first selection he reached back to 1954 and a tune called A Thousand Stars, recorded that year by the R&B group The Rivileers on Baton 200, and which became a local hit.
The cover, however, shot to # 3 Hot 100 and # 6 R&B b/w Eddie My Darling late in 1960 on Indigo 108 billed as Kathy Young & The Innocents. Meanwhile, at virtually the same time, The Innocents saw their own release, Gee Whiz, climb to # 15 R&B and # 28 Hot 100 on Indigo 111. But that would be it insofar as hits by The Innocents on their own was concerned, although there would be further single releases (see Ace's great compilation on The Innocents for more details about the group). However, early in 1961, Kathy Young & The Innocents had Happy Birthday Blues top out at #30 Hot 100 in March b/w Someone To Love on Indigo 115, and the following September saw Magic Is The Night struggle to # 80 Hot 100 b/w Du Du'nt Du on Indigo 125.
And that would also be it for the pairing with regard to hit singles, despite trying several times to recapture the original magic. Unsuccessful releases in 1961 were Our Parents Talked It Over b/w Just As Though You Were Here (Indigo 121) and Baby, Oh Baby b/w The Great Pretender (Indigo 137), while in 1962 they tried three times and failed: Time b/w Dee Dee Di Oh (Indigo 141), Lonely Blue Nights b/w I'll Hang My Letters Out To Dry (Indigo 146) and Send Her Away b/w Dream Awhile (Indigo 147). All but Time are in this set. The interesting thing about that selection and its flipside - which is here - is that it's a re-release by Indigo of two songs The Innocents recorded back in 1959 for Keen's Andex subsidiary when they were known as The Echoes (Andex 2102).
With nothing working at Indigo anymore, Kathy and the boys drifted to Monogram Records where they cut Dreamboy b/w I'll Love That Man (Monogram 506) in 1962 and, in duets with Chris Montez, You're The One b/w All You Had To Do Was Tell Me (Monogram 517) and It Takes Two b/w To Shoot The Curl (Monogram 520) in 1964. None charted. She then moved to London, England where she married John Maus (John Walker) of The Walker Brothers, eventually returning to the U.S. in 1969 where she re-married in 1971 and settled down to raise a family at her citrus ranch in California. In the mid-1990s she returned to the music world and was still performing at oldies concerts as the new Millennium arrived.
The tracks in this compilation (which is still available new through some sources and so should be re-stocked by Amazon) are: 1. A Thousand Stars; 2. Eddie My Darling; 3. Baby, Oh Baby; 4. Magic Is the Night; 5. Sparkle And Shine; 6. The Great Pretender; 7. Our Parents Talked It Over; 8. Happy Birthday Blues; 9. Angel Baby; 10. Du Du'nt Du; 11. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes); 12. Just As Though You Were Here; 13. Send Her Away; 14. Lonely Blue Nights; 15. Someone To Love; 16. Please Love Me Forever; 17. Dream Awhile; 18. Angel On My Shoulder; 19. Will You Love Me Tomorrow; 20. All You Had To Do Was Tell Me; 21. You're the One; 22. It Takes Two; 23. To Shoot That Curl; 24. A Thousand Stars (Alternate takes 15 & 16)