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Ginny Arnell

Born Virginia Mazarro on 2 November 1942 in New Haven, Connecticut, Ginny Arnell was one of a slew of clean young pop teens who emerged briefly in the wake of chart-topping hits from Lesley Gore and Little Peggy March in the USA in 1962 and 1963.

Arnell hit in a small way in the US with Dumbhead, a song which (understandably) she was not overly keen on.

An album quickly followed which, despite acceptable performances all round, failed to set the charts alight. Songwriters included Chip Taylor and Bacharach/David, but the material was far from top-drawer.

Tracks ranged from pop to sugary country, although a Bob Crewe-produced single, Trouble’s Back In Town, lifted the LP a little. The best tracks were the three which were arranged for her final releases in 1965 by Teddy Randazzo.

Arnell had previously made records as part of a duo called Jamie and Jane with Gene Pitney. The two Decca 45s released as Jamie and Jane in 1959 were Snuggle Up, Baby b/w Strolling and Classical Rock and Roll b/w Faithful Our Love.