Pink Shoe Laces

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"Pink Shoe Laces"
Single by Dodie Stevens
from the album Pink Shoe Laces
B-side"Coming of Age"
ReleasedFebruary 1959
GenrePop
LabelCrystalette
Songwriter(s)Mickie Grant[1]

"Pink Shoe Laces" (or "Pink Shoelaces") is a song composed by Mickie Grant that was recorded by Dodie Stevens, accompanied by Bobby Hammack and his Orchestra, and released as a single in 1959 on Crystalette Records, a record label distributed by Dot Records.[2] The verses of the song are spoken rather than sung.

Recording[edit]

Dodie Stevens was born on February 17, 1946. The song was recorded when the singer was, according to different sources, 11[3] or 12 years old.

Content[edit]

The song is about a fellow named Dooley, with whom the singer is in love, who has a strange lifestyle and an off-the-beaten-pathway fashion sense. He wears "Tan Shoes with Pink Shoelaces, A Polka-Dot Vest" and a "Big Panama with a Purple Hatband." He takes the young lady "Deep Sea Fishing in a Submarine", and "Goes to Drive-In Movies in a Limousine" and owns a "Whirly Birdy and a 12 foot Yacht". When he feels that war is afoot, he enlists in the armed forces, but gets put into the brig for "raising such a storm" when they "tried to put him in a uniform", preferring to wear his unconventional signature garb. One day, he feels poorly and decides to write out his will, stating: "Just before the angels come to carry me, I want it down in writin' how to bury me", requesting to be buried in his preferred attire. The voice heard speaking the line was one of the backup male singers on the recording.

Chart performance[edit]

The single reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1959.[2][4] It sold more than a million copies .[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side A. "Pink Shoe Laces"
Side B. "Coming of Age"[5]

Cover versions[edit]

The Chordettes sang a version of the song, speaking and singing all of the lyrics, except for Dooley's Will, which is spoken by another male voice.

In 1960, Mexican rock and roll group Los Hooligans recorded a Spanish-language cover titled "Agujetas de color de rosa". Their version was highly popular in Mexico, topping the charts for 9 weeks in 1961, and became one of the first rock and roll hits in that country[6].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bruce Pollock (2014-03-18). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era. Routledge. pp. 282–. ISBN 978-1-135-46296-3.
  2. ^ a b "Dodie Stevens — Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  3. ^ a b Joseph Murrells (1978). The Book of Golden Discs. Barrie and Jenkins. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-214-20480-7.
  4. ^ Jay Warner (2004). On this Day in Music History. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-0-634-06693-1.
  5. ^ Martin Popoff (2010-08-05). Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records 1948–1991. Krause Publications. pp. 1126–. ISBN 1-4402-1621-5.
  6. ^ Galvan, Hugo (2013). Rock Impop: El rock mexicano en la radio top 40.

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