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Brenda Lee: The Crying Game (CD)
A new compilation made up of Brenda's great recordings of classic love songs: The Crying Game : Written by Geoff Stephens, a hit originally for Dave Berry - No.5 August 1964; more recently a successful inclu-sion in the film of the same name recorded by Boy George, hitting the charts UK and US. Recorded by Brenda, 24th October 1964 and released as a single January 1965 and included on the album "Top Teen Hits" February 1965. Can't Help Falling In Love : Recorded by Brenda, 21st June 1967 for her October 1967 album, "Reflections In Blue". The song has been a hit sever-al times, most recently for UB40, who topped the charts in 1993 with the song., as did Elvis in 1962. The Stylistics hit No.4 in 1976 with it, produced by the song's writers. Andy Williams went one position better in 1970. The least successful version was by Lick The Tins, who only managed a No.42 in 1986. September In The Rain : A classic song made famous by the legendary Dinah Washington who hit the UK and US top 40 with it in 1961. A superb Al Dubin / Harry Warren song which Brenda recorded for her "Bye Bye Blues" album on 14th January 1966. When I Fall In Love : A hit twice over for Nat 'King' Cole, who first charted (No.2) in 1957, then thirty years later (No.4) at the same time as Rick Astley's cover version reached No.2! A much-loved standard which Brenda recorded on 9th January 1960 for her "Emotions" album, released April 1961 to tie in with her hit single of the same name.
Will You Love Me Tomorrow : The Gerry Goffin / Carole King pop classic, covered by everyone from Dusty Springfield to Bryan Ferry. The most success-ful version was by The Shirelles, which reached No.1 in America and No.4 in Britain in 1961. Brenda recorded the song for her "Emotions" album 9th January 1961. Close To You : Recorded 21st June 1967 by Brenda for her 1967 album "Reflections In Blue". Fools Rush In : Recorded 8th January 1961 for her "Sincerely" album, released February 1962. Then it was a contemporary hit song, as Brook Benton took it into the American Top 30 in 1960 and in 1963 Rick Nelson went to No.12 in both the US and UK with it. A Johnny Mercer classic. You Always Hurt The One You Love : Recorded 25th October 1961 for Brenda's "Sincerely" album, the song had been a big hit in the UK the same year for Clarence 'Frogman' Henry, reaching No.6 and No.12 in the US. Words : A Bee Gees classic, which gave the band their third UK Top 10 hit album in January 1968. Recorded by Brenda 20th May 1974 for her album "Brenda Lee Now", released the same year. If You Go Away : Jacques Brel / Rod McKuen 'weepie' which has been covered by many artists, such as Scott Walker, Neil Diamond and Dusty Springfield. It became a hit for the first time in 1974 for Terry Jacks, who reached No.8 in the UK. Brenda recorded the song 18th March 1969 for her "Johnny One Time" album released May the same year. Let It Be Me : A 1960 hit for the Everly Brothers, Brenda recorded this lovely version on 26th October 1964 for her "Top Teen Hits" album. Our Day Will Come : A No.1 US hit in 1963 for Ruby and The Romantics, then twelve years later Frankie Valli took the song to No.11. Brenda recorded the song 10th April 1963 for her "Let Me Sing" album released in May the same year. This Girl's In Love With You : This Bacharach-David song, released by Herb Alpert in 1968 and Dionne Warwick a year later, must be one of the most covered songs ever. A hit many times throughout the world, Brenda put it on tape on 17th March 1969 for her "Johnny One Time" album, released in May that year. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me : Dusty Springfield's only No.1 hit, in 1966, Elvis covered the song in 1971 and hit the Top 20. Brenda recorded it on 8th October 1966 for her "Coming On Strong" album. If I Didn't Care : A US hit for Connie Francis in 1959, when she reached No22, then The Platters hit No.30 two years later. David Cassidy covered the song in 1974 and took it to No.9. It was recorded by Brenda on 1st September 1960 for her "This Is Brenda Lee" album released a month later. I'll Be Seeing You : A standard favourite, sung by every major song stylist, Brenda recorded this beautifully evocative song for her "Sincerely" album on 26th October 1961. Lover Come Back To Me : Another all-time evergreen, Brenda recorded this for her 1961 album "All The Way", on 19th May that year.
Softly As I Leave You : An Italian song with English lyrics by publishing legend Hal Shaper, Matt Munro took this into the British Top 10 in 1962, Sinatra hit-ting the US Top 30 two years later. A classic romantic ballad, Brenda added her name to the list of interpreters on 15th January 1966 for her "Bye Bye Blues" album. What Kind Of Fool Am I : This Anthony Newley - Lesley Bricusse show stopper first hit the charts in 1961 when Newley him-self recorded it. A year later, Sammy Davis Jnr took it into the British and American charts and Shirley Bassey completed the trio in 1963 with a UK Top 50 hit. Brenda did it for her 1963 album "All Alone Am I", recording it on 12th December 1962. The End Of The World : Skeeter Davis hit the American Top Three with this great 'weepie' in 1963, enjoying a UK No.18 hit the same year. Twenty seven years later, Sonia equalled Skeeter's UK peak. Recorded by Brenda 10th April 1963 for her "Let Me Sing" album, and a fitting end to this compilation. N.B. All release information i1-Wsed on U.S.A. catalogues unless otherwise stated.
Article properties: Brenda Lee: The Crying Game (CD)
|Lee, Brenda - The Crying Game (CD) CD 1|
|01||The Crying Game|
|02||Can't Help Falling In Love|
|03||September In The Rain|
|04||When I Fall In Love|
|05||Will You Love Me Tomorrow|
|06||Close To You|
|07||Fools Rush In|
|08||You Always Hurt The One You Love|
|10||If You Go Away|
|11||Let It Be Me|
|12||Our Day Will Come|
|13||This Girl's In Love With You|
|14||You Don't Have To Say You Love Me|
|15||If I Didn't Care|
|16||I'll Be Seeing You|
|17||Lover Come Back To Me|
|18||Softly As I Leave You|
|19||What Kind Of Fool Am I|
|20||The End Of The World|
They didn’t call pint-sized Brenda Lee ‘Little Miss Dynamite’ for nothing. Her powerhouse pipes were like a lit keg of TNT even before Paul Cohen signed her to Decca at the tender age of 11 (Decca misleadingly billed her as “Little Brenda Lee [9 Years Old]” on her first two singles in 1956). Only four-foot-nine even as an adult, Brenda’s huge, mature-sounding voice belied her diminutive physical stature.
Born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta on December 11, 1944, she sang around the house at three, won a school talent contest at four, and performed on local TV before she was seven. After a brief stint in Cincinnati, Brenda’s family settled in Augusta, Georgia, where deejay Peanut Faircloth took an interest. He insisted country star Red Foley listen to his little friend when Foley performed in Augusta. Foley was so knocked out that he put 11-year-old Brenda on ‘Junior Jubilee,’ the pubescent counterpart to his ABC-TV show ‘Ozark Jubilee,’ in March of ’56. Befpubescent counterpart to his ABC-TV show ‘Ozark Jubilee,’ in March of ’56. Before long, Brenda was on the adult version. Manager Dub Allbritten decided her stage handle of Little Brenda Tarpley was mundane, so she would be known as Brenda Lee.
Cohen pacted Brenda in May of ’56. Her first Nashville session that July included the rocking Bigelow 6-200 and a rousing reprise of Hank Williams’ Jambalaya (On The Bayou) that Cohen paired as her debut single. Although she usually recorded in Nashville under the direction of Cohen and Owen Bradley, Brenda’s first hit in 1957, the jumping One Step At A Time, was done at New York’s cavernous Pythian Temple under Milt Gabler’s supervision.
Lee cut a raft of great rockers early on in Nashville—Dynamite (the basis for her nickname), Rock The Bop, Ring-A-My-Phone and its incredibly swinging flip Little Jonah (Rock On Your Steel Guitar) (cut May 15, 1958 at Bradley’s studio with Nashville’s A-Team in attendance, it featured Buddy Emmons’ blistering steel work), Let’s Jump The Broomstick, and just in time for 1958 holiday sales, her immortal Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.
But hits remained in short supply until Ronnie Self wrote Brenda the teasing Sweet Nothin’s. Laced with the insinuating sax of Boots Randolph (a frequent presence on her waxings), it crashed the pop Top Five in 1960, setting the stage for Brenda’s two-sided blockbuster later that year. Jerry Reed penned the upbeat That’s All You Gotta Do, but it was Self’s torch ballad I’m Sorry, sung by Brenda like a jilted woman despite her being only 15, that gave Lee her first pop chart-topper,
“Brenda was a little pro. She was way ahead of her time. At 12, 13 years old, she just reared back and sang like the dickens,” said the late Randolph. “She had a knack about her--I don=t know if she would mimic somebody, or was just letting it all hang out. That little gal could sing, and she hung in there. She liked people like Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald and all of those great singers that came along at that time with the pop singers. It was something else to get in there with a kid that young being able to sing that well.”
Although she had a big seller in 1961 with the cute upbeat item Dum Dum, most of Brenda’s smashes for Decca after I’m Sorry were brokenhearted laments that Bradley gave the full countrypolitan treatment: I Want To Be Wanted (her second #1 pop entry in 1960), Emotions, You Can Depend On Me, Fool #1, Break It To Me Gently, All Alone Am I. Brenda built a huge following around the world and toured the globe regularly, once with the then-unknown Beatles opening for her.
When the pop arena finally lost interest in Lee’s Decca output at the close of the ‘60s (her Too Many Rivers and Coming On Strong just missed the pop Top Ten in 1965 and ’66 respectively), country music fans were quick to embrace the lovable little chanteuse. Brenda scored a slew of C&W hits during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
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