BMHOF Class of 2008
At the age of 18, Sommers was put under contract by Warner Bros. records, singing with Edd Byrnes (replacing Connie Stevens) of the TV series "77 Sunset Strip", guest-starring on the show. Critics embraced the jazz-influenced album and she was dubbed "the greatest singing discovery of the last 15 years". In 1960, Sommers released her first solo single, a rendition of "One Boy" from the musical Bye Bye Birdie which charted at #54 on Billboard's 100. In 1962, her biggest hit "Johnny Get Angry" reached #7, earning her "Most promising new female vocalist of 1962" by Cashbox magazine. In 1965, Sommers released the critically acclaimed album Softly, The Brazilian Sound which paired her with bossa nova guitarist Laurindo Almeida. During the 60s, she made many TV appearances and the feature films Everything's Ducky (1961) and The Lively Set (1964). She also was the voice behind the popular Pepsi-Cola jingle "It's Pepsi, for those who think young."
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