Saturday, February 18, 2006

Lost Summer Love (1964) – Shelley Fabares

Donna Reed’s television daughter and Coach’s wife had a fairly successful recording career in her early 20’s, including the No. 1 hit single “Johnny Angel” in 1962. The wistful “Lost Summer Love” recounts a familiar story of teenage romance that only lasts a summer, leaving in its wake broken promises, illusory dreams and distant memories. Time moves ahead to the march of a snare and bass guitar, as background girl group harmonies mingle with Fabares’ pleasant voice in melodic phrases that convey a reverie tinged with fondness and regret. Simple yet affecting, “Lost Summer Love” commemorates the youthful idealism of a bygone era when romance washed in and out of lives with the summer tide.

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