In 1958 Shelley Fabares appeared on the hit ABC domestic comedy "The Donna Reed Show" as Mary Stone, the young teenage daughter, whose younger brother Jeff was played by former Mousketeer Paul Petersen. Mary Stone was the personification of the perfect daughter ("Princess" whined too much on "Father Knows Best" to be really beloved) and was eventually asked by the show's producers to work with Colpix Records, the label for Columbia Pictures Television. Fabares's debut release was "Johnny Angel," a typical girl group type of song that atypically reached #1 on the Billboard pop charts in early 1962.
Of course, a hit single meant an album and Fabares released two during that year, "Shelley!" and "Things We Did Last Summer," with a third album "Teen-Age Triangle" a year later. Several of the songs on this collection appeared on none of those albums because in the Sixties lots of artists released singles that were never put on albums (just think of the Beatles with their two volumes of "Past Masters"). After her big hit "Johnny Angel" Fabares only had a few more singles that did anything: "Johnny Loves Me" (#21), "The Things We Did Lat Summer" (#46), and "Ronnie Call Me When You Get a Chance" (#72), all of which appear in this hits collection.
Those titles alone tell you exactly what sort of songs you are going to find on a Shelley Fabres album, although none of her covers of other hits like "Johnny Get Angry" and "Sealed With a Kiss." The appeal here is simply unpretentious "girl group" songs about the poignant pain of teenage yearning. Shelley Fabares was not trying to be Leslie Gore, so the comparisons are unfair. Fabares was never really serious about a music career and was more interested in parlaying her television acting career into doing movies with Elvis Presley, although most people remember her today from playing Craig T. Nelson's girlfriend and wife on "Coach." Still, all this considered her songs stand up better than a lot of other albums recorded by television stars.