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Dodie Stevens is a music legend from the 50’s and 60’s, best known for her international hit “Pink Shoe Laces”, in 1959.  Dodie received a gold record for it, at the young age of thirteen.  She followed with “Yes, I'm Lonesome Tonight”, “No” and “Merry, Merry Christmas Baby”, which all hit the Billboard charts in the early 60's. 

While still in high school, Dodie’s career skyrocketed.  She appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and starred with Fabian in her first film, “Hound Dog Man”, followed by “Convicts Four”, starring Ben Gazzara.  She also co-starred with Frankie Avalon in “Alakazam The Great”, an animated feature film.  She continued to record a string of singles and albums, and more television guest appearances followed, including The Bob Hope Show, and Pat Boone’s Chevy Showroom.  Dodie also toured worldwide with Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Paul Anka, Bobby Rydell and many more teen idols from that era.  

Because of the pressure and demands of being a celebrity at such a young age, she left her career at seventeen, got married, moved to Missouri and had a baby.  After four years, the marriage ended, and she returned to her career, only to discover that now as an adult, she was prey to, what is currently called the “Me Too Movement”.  After a few years, Dodie decided to become a background singer. 

So in the early 70’s she joined Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’77 touring internationally and recording three albums for A&M Records until 1973, when she left the group.  She continued as a background singer, working for Harry Belafonte, Boz Scaggs and Loretta Lynn, to name just a few.  For twelve years she worked exclusively for Mac Davis, as a singer/dancer, in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and every major music theater worldwide, including numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, Midnight Special and Solid Gold.  She also appeared in his television specials with Dolly Parton, Donna Summer and Luther Vandross, until Mac retired in 1988.  In addition, in the 80’s, you would have heard Dodie’s voice on television commercials including Sprint and Dole Pineapple. 

By 1990 she was starring in, as well as co-producing her Doo Wop Revue, “Bop”, a high energy show full of some of the most memorable songs from the early years of rock & roll, including her own hit, “Pink Shoe Laces”.  For the next few years they worked the casino circuit in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno, to standing ovations! 

Shortly thereafter, Dodie began touring with other famous recording artists from the 50’s and 60’s and included her talented daughter, Stephanie in her shows.  They later formed a southern-rock band, “a.k.a. Stevens”, singing classic rock & roll and country, and co-writing all their originals.  They recorded only one album “Outlaw of the Heart”.  They were the opening act for Toby Keith and worked a variety of venues across the country. 

Dodie also appeared on the PBS television special “At The Drive-In”, hosted by her earlier co-star, Fabian, and the TNN special, “Rock & Roll Graffiti”.  In February 2009, she was honored to join her peers in Clear Lake, Iowa at the Surf Ballroom to perform in a 5-day memorial concert, “Fifty Winters Later”, in memory of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. 

Today, Dodie continues to sing with her daughter, making personal appearances in Doo-Wop concerts, nationwide.  In addition, in 2017 they designed a fitness program for the body and mind, “Affirmacize”, using musical affirmations, composed by Dodie, to stimulate the power of the mind while exercising the body.   

In 2019, Dodie and Stephanie developed a unique, motivational concert, and later that year recorded “Affirmasong – The Game Of Life”, songs with positive messages, written by Dodie, to empower the listener and inspire much needed change in the world!