Pittsburgh Doo Wop
A native of Southern California, Young was born in the Orange County seat, Santa Ana, and rose to stardom in 1960 when Jim Lee, a producer at Indigo Records who, two years earlier, organized the Sun Valley-based band, The Innocents, and arranged their appearance on Wink Martindale's pop music TV show, asked them to sing backup vocals for her on the cover version of the song which had been issued without commercial success in 1954 for The Rivileers, "A Thousand Stars". In December, two months after her 15th birthday, Kathy Young and The Innocents peaked at No. 6 on the Black Singles chart, and at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Young's follow-up was "Happy Birthday Blues", which hit No. 30 on the Hot 100 in 1961. Subsequent singles, such as "Magic Is the Night" and "The Great Pretender", missed the Top 40.
In July 1961, Young joined top performers Brenda Lee, The Shirelles, Bobby Vee, Etta James, Gene McDaniels, The Ventures, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, The Fleetwoods, The Innocents and Jerry Lee Lewis on DJ Alan Freed's highly publicized new American road show.
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