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Paul Petersen was initially a Mouseketter but was sent to the recording studio by the producers of "The Donna Reed Show," on which he played son Jeff, along with Shelley Fabares who played sister Mary. It was Fabares who had the big hit with the teenage love song "Johnny Angel," which went to #1 on the charts in early 1962, but Petersen had his own short but spectacular recording career staring with "She Can't Find Her Keys," a novelty ditty that he sang on a January 1962 episode as part of a dream sequence where Jeff was dreaming he was a teenage recording star out on a date. His recording of the song went to #19. Over the next couple of years Petersen had several minor hits, all of which are found on this CD: "Keep Your Love Locked" (#58), "Lollipops and Roses" (#54), and his biggest hit "My Dad" (#6) about Dr. Alex Stone (Carl Betz).Read more ›
The CD track set begins with Paul singing "My Dad." Paul sings this without a superfluous note; and his excellent voice can express the subtlest of nuances to make "My Dad" a strong ballad. The female backup chorus and the strings compliment Paul Petersen's vocals very well. "Try A Little Tenderness" starts with a great musical flourish and Paul sings this ballad sweetly without missing a beat! "Try A Little Tenderness" also has a female backup chorus and the strings are used again without interfering with Paul's sublime vocals. Excellent! Moreover, listen for a bossa nova rendition of "I Only Have Eyes For You." Paul sings this like the pro that he was in that recording studio!
"You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" gets the royal treatment from Paul Petersen as he sings this flawlessly to an early '60s beat. The percussion, female backup and musical arrangement help "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" along, too. Listen for some fine early '60s jamming on this number, too! "Goody Goody" also gets an early '60s rock flavor to it and Paul sings this very well; "Making Whoopee" also gets a fine early '60s rock flavor to it--but the song is great and somewhat amusing just as always. Paul sings "Making Whoopee" to perfection. I like how Paul is able to use his voice to make subtle changes in tempo and keys; his talent was clearly undervalued.
"She Can't Find Her Keys" is an unusual name for a song; but the catchy melody works nicely and this hit for Paul displays his strong ability to sing very well.Read more ›
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You can't get more Early Sixties than Paul Petersen and The Donna Red Show. Putting this disc with his two albums from that era can't help but bring a smile to your face and bring... Read morePublished 3 months ago by johnf
When I was in my early teens I was given MY DAD on vinyl for a birthday gift. So very glad I found it on CD.Published 6 months ago by Kathryn Bakke
i had the lollipops and roses album but lost it in katrina. the sond mama you little boy fell brought back great memories.Published 22 months ago by Robert Couch
I have always been a fan of Paul Peterson. Great value on this Cd because it has 2 of his albums.Published 23 months ago by Pam LaRocque
I grew up watching The Donna Reed Show on TV. I remember even as a kid, how moved I was by the song My Dad, that Paul Petersen sang on one of the episodes. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Gail Pepper
I love this CD. It reminds me of the good old days. I smile and sing along....Perfect song for a daughter to have the song played at a wedding.Published on December 3, 2009 by Clown teacher
I have ordered this CD basically for two songs of which I remember listening to as a pre-teen, "My Dad" and "Little Boy Sad. Read morePublished on March 18, 2009 by Dan Knaup