Monday, October 22, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Kathy Young & The Innocents

Artist:Kathy Young & The Innocents
Song:A Thousand Stars
Album:Girls! Girls! Girls!

Kathy Young was 15 years old when she had the top five hit A Thousand Stars in 1960. It was all downhill from there. She had one other chart hit and was out of the music business by the mid-60s. She was born Oct. 21, 1945 in Santa Ana, CA. She was discovered hanging around at Wink Martindale's teen music TV show by Indigo Records producer Jim Lee. His group The Innocents were appearing on the show. They had a top 30 hit in 1960 with Honest I Do. Lee had them sing backup on Kathy's recording of A Thousand Stars. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. A Thousand Stars was written by Eugene Pearson and recorded by his doo wop group The Rivileers in 1954. It was not a hit. Kathy also had a top 30 hit with Happy Birthday Blues in 1961. She was on one of Alan Freed's tours. She went with Lee when he moved to Monogram Records in 1962. But subsequent recordings were unsuccessful. You can get A Thousand Stars on this girl group various artists comp from Varese Records. Kathy Young moved to London and married John Maus of The Walker Brothers. When that marriage ended in 1968, she moved back to California and remarried. She raised a family and helped run the family citrus farm. Kathy moved to Los Angeles and in recent years has returned to singing and currently tours the oldies circuit. Here's Kathy Young & The innocents performing on a PBS doo wop special. It's amazing the innocence this song still projects.

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