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"Young As We Are" by Sal Mineo

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In the doo wop era, a young actor from the Bronx made it big in films (twice with James Dean) and in the theater. His murder was one of Hollywood’s scandalous deaths. Salvatore Mineo, Jr., professionally known as Sal Mineo was born in 1939. He is probably best known as “Plato” in Rebel Without A Cause, for which he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor. He was nominated again for his role as Dov Landau in Exodus. Mineo’s films, among others, included Giant, A Private’s Affair, The Gene Krupa Story, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Longest Day, and Escape from the Planet of the Apes. Mineo enjoyed music as well and learned to play the drums for the movie The Gene Krupa Story. He eventually donated the drum set to teen idol David Cassidy.

Please click here to see Sal Mineo in a drum contest on I’ve Got a Secret, as he was on the show to promote the movie.

Mineo tried his hand in the music business, too, and recorded several songs, including “Love Affair” (1957), “Lasting Love” (1957), “Party Time” (1957), “Start Movin'” (1957), “Seven Steps to Love” (1958), “Baby Face” (1958), “Make Believe Baby” (1959) and “Young as We Are” (1959).


Here are the lyrics:

 “Young as we are
Young though we both may be
We’re going far, my love and me
Oh, young as we are

We’ve a star
One burning high above
Our lucky star will guide are love
Oh, young as we are

They tell us “beware
Hasty hearts when they’re young
Aren’t wise,”
But how many share love
That’s as warm and as sweet
As the love in your eyes?

Young as we are
Young though we both may be
We’re going far, my love and me
Oh, young as we are
Our love was meant to be
Ooo, young as we are…”

There were also TV appearances on Dr. Kildare, The Patty Duke Show, Columbo, and many more. He often played a troubled, nervous youth. Although Mineo was successful in films, he especially enjoyed the stage and a live audience. He had been in The Rose Tattoo, The King and I, and Six Bridges to Cross. Shortly before he was killed, Mineo was working on the play P.S. Your Cat is Dead. Mineo’s murder in West Hollywood, CA, in 1976, was a strange one. He was 37 years old at the time. The murderer was finally caught and convicted three years after Mineo’s death. Although rumors swirled for years about the reasons (e.g., jealousy from a gay lover), it was a random botched attempted robbery by a drug addict. In speaking of himself, Mineo said, “I’ll never be mistaken for Pat Boone.” It’s doubtful he ever was.

For More Golden Oldies Music

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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  1. Dinah says:

    A want to hear some 40’s and all the 50’s 🙂 Big band and New Orleans Jazz

    • admin says:

      Hi. Dinah. Great music. We do cover the 1950s until about 1963, so let’s see what we can do for you. 🙂

  2. Great stuff. Thx. There was always that mystery around his death. And the rumors. Love your site. Lots of great doo wop music and early rock and roll.

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