" is the debut pop single by Shelley Fabares
released in 1962 on the Colpix
label.It was the first single taken from her debut solo album Shelley!
which was produced and arranged by Stu Phillips
. "Johnny Angel" was written by Lyn Duddy and Lee Pockriss
. The single premiered on an episode of Fabares' sitcom, The Donna Reed Show
during the fourth season. The single also has a sequel song entitled "Johnny Loves Me
" (which tells the story of how the girl won Johnny's heart). The song had previously been recorded by Georgia Lee on the Decca label.Darlene Love
and her group, the Blossoms, sang backup vocals on the track. Fabares is quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Singles
by Fred Bronson
as saying she was intimidated by Love's group and their "beautiful" voices and was terrified at the prospect of becoming a recording artist, as she did not consider herself a singer. The song also featured an echo chamber, where the intro of the repeated title words: "Johnny Angel, Johnny Angel" was used by Fabares and the backup singers.
The song is an expression of a teenage girl's romantic longing for a boy who doesn't know she exists, to the point where she... Read More