Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The History Of Music - Teresa Brewer

Teresa Brewer

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Teresa Brewer
Birth nameTheresa Veronica Breuer
BornMay 7, 1931
Toledo, Ohio, United States
DiedOctober 17, 2007 (aged 76)
New Rochelle, New York, United States
GenresTraditional popjazz
Years active1949–1970s
RCA Victor
WebsiteTeresa Brewer fansite
Teresa Brewer (May 7, 1931 – October 17, 2007) was an American pop singer whose style incorporated elements of country, jazz, R&B, musicals and novelty songs. She was one of the most prolific and popular female singers of the 1950s, recording nearly 600 songs.




Early life[edit]

Theresa Veronica Breuer was born in Toledo, Ohio, the eldest of five siblings.[1] Her father was a glass inspector for the Libbey Owens Company (now Pilkington Glass), and her mother was a housewife.
When she was two years old, her mother entered her in an audition for a radio program, "Uncle August's Kiddie Show" on Toledo'sWSPD. She performed for cookies and cupcakes donated by the sponsor. Although she never took singing lessons, she took tap dancing lessons. From age five to twelve, she sang and danced on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour, then a popular touring radio show. Her aunt Mary traveled with Theresa until 1949, when Theresa wed William Monahan.[citation needed]
At the age of 12, Brewer returned to Toledo and ceased touring in order to have a normal school life. She continued to perform on local radio. In January 1948, the 16-year-old won a local competition, and (with three other winners) was sent to New York to appear on a talent show called "Stairway to the Stars", featuring Eddie Dowling. It was at about that time that she changed the spelling of her name from Theresa Breuer to Teresa Brewer. She won a number of talent shows and played night clubs in New York (including theLatin Quarter).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Teresa married William "Bill" Monahan in 1949; the couple had four daughters, Kathleen, Susan, Megan and Michelle.[2][3] They eventually separated, and the marriage was dissolved in 1972, shortly before she married Bob Thiele.


An agent, Richie Lisella, heard her sing and took her career in hand, and soon she was signed to a contract with London Records. In 1949 she recorded a record called "Copenhagen" with the Dixieland All-Stars. The B side was the song "Music! Music! Music!". Unexpectedly, it was not the A side but the B side which took off, selling over a million copies and becoming Teresa's signature song. Another novelty song, "Choo'n Gum", hit the top 20 in 1950, followed by "Molasses, Molasses". Although she preferred to sing ballads, her only recorded ballad to make the charts was "Longing for You" in 1951.
In 1951 Brewer switched labels, going to Coral Records. Since she never learned to read music, she had demos sent to her to learn the melodies of the songs she would record. Despite her lack of formal training, she had a number of hits for Coral. In 1952, she also recorded "You'll Never Get Away" in a duet with Don Cornell, followed in 1953 by her best selling hit, "Till I Waltz Again with You". In the mid-1950s she did a number of covers of rhythm and blues songs like "Pledging My Love" and "Tweedle Dee". She covered somecountry songs like "Jilted", "I Gotta Go Get My Baby", and "Let Me Go, Lover!". In 1956 she co-wrote "I Love Mickey", about New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle, who appeared on the record with Brewer. It was also reported that the two had developed a mutual attraction. Another 1956 hit was Brewer's syncopated rendition of "Mutual Admiration Society". In 1957 she recorded more covers: of country song "Teardrops in My Heart" and R&B songs "You Send Me"[4] and "Empty Arms".
In 1960, she had another hit with a cover of the standard "Have You Ever Been Lonely?". Her final charted recording was "Milord" in 1961, an English language version of a song by Édith Piaf. In 1962 she switched labels again, to Philips Records, where she recorded many singles and albums over a five-year period, including Gold Country in 1966. In addition to having her record new and contemporary material, Philips put Brewer in the studio to re-record her earlier material with new arrangements, instrumentation and recording equipment: the resulting album (PHM 200-062) was issued as Teresa Brewer's Greatest Hits. After leaving Philips, Brewer made a few recordings for other companies, but with no more big chart hits. In the 1970s she released a few albums on Flying Dutchman Records owned by her second husband, jazz producer Bob Thiele, including Teresa Brewer In London, which she recorded with cockney pop rock duo Chas & Dave under the pseudonym 'Oily Rags'. In 1975 she released an album Unliberated Woman produced by Elvis Presley's producer Felton Jarvis. One of the tracks is "For the Heart" written by Dennis Linde.[citation needed]
She appeared in the 1953 musical Those Redheads From Seattle - she was a natural redhead herself. She appeared on television as a guest star on such television shows asThe Muppet Show and Sha Na Na.[5] She released "Danny's Song" (written by Kenny Loggins) in 1972 (album, "Singin' a Doo Dah Song"), in 1975 (album, "Teresa Brewer - Her Greatest Hits), in 1986 (album, "Portrait") and, again in 1991 (album, "Sixteen Most Requested Songs") [6]

Later career[edit]

Brewer re-emerged as a jazz vocalist on Thiele's Amsterdam label in the 1980s and 1990s recording a number of albums including tribute albums to Bessie SmithLouis ArmstrongFats Waller and Irving Berlin. She also recorded with such jazz greats as Count BasieDuke EllingtonDizzy GillespieEarl Hines and Bobby Hackett. A landmark recording in her career was Softly I Swing (Red Baron Records, 1992) which was produced by Thiele and featured David MurrayRon CarterKenny Barron and Grady Tate. "Memories of Louis", also recorded for Thiele's Red Baron Records, features a number of great trumpeters including Clark TerryNicholas PaytonRuby BraffFreddie Hubbard,Wynton MarsalisRoy HargroveSweets EdisonLew SoloffTerence Blanchard Yank LawsonRed Rodney and Dizzy Gillespie.[7]
In Australia, Brewer had a string of hits starting with "Ballad of Lovers Hill' which came onto the Hobart chart on February 15, 1963 at position 46 and it reached number 4 and it stayed on the chart for 15 weeks. Other tracks followed such as "Like I Do" from March 15, 1963 started at number 56 and went to number 27 and it was in the charts for seven weeks. "Second Hand Rose" started at 51 on September 13, 1963 and it reached number 3 and stayed on the charts for 12 weeks. "Come On In" did not fare as well reaching 46 from a start of 58 and a chart run of four weeks. "Music! Music! Music!"'s debut was at number 60 and reached 24 with a chart run of 11 weeks from August 30, 1973.[citation needed]


Her record-producer husband died in 1996, and Brewer never recorded after that.[8] All together, she had recorded nearly 600 song titles. For her contribution to the recording industry, Teresa Brewer has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1708 Vine Street. In 2007, she was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.



Hit singles[edit]

YearSingleChart positions
1950"Music! Music! Music!"1
"Choo'n Gum"17
1951"Longing For You"23
1952"Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now"25
"You'll Never Get Away"(with Don Cornell)17
"Till I Waltz Again With You"1
1953"Dancin' With Someone (Longin' For You)"17
"Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall"23
"Ricochet (Rick-O-Shay)"2
"Baby, Baby, Baby"12
1954"Bell Bottom Blues"17
"Our Heartbreaking Waltz"23
"Skinnie Minnie (Fish Tail)"22
"Let Me Go, Lover"69
1955"Pledging My Love"17
"How Important Can It Be?"Flip
"Silver Dollar"20
"The Banjo's Back In Town"15
"Shoot It Again"66
1956"A Tear Fell"52
"Bo Weevil"17
"A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl"73
"I Love Mickey"(with Mickey Mantle)87
"Mutual Admiration Society"21
"Crazy With Love"73
1957"Empty Arms"13
"Teardrops In My Heart"64
"You Send Me"8
"Nora Malone"26
1958"Pickle Up a Doodle"99
"The Hula Hoop Song"38
1959"The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart)"75
"Heavenly Lover"40
"Bye Bye Bye Baby Goodbye"115
1960"Peace of Mind"66
"Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)"84
"How Do You Know It's Love"21
1963"She'll Never Love You (Like I Do)"122
"He Understands Me"130
1973"Music! Music! Music!"(new version)109

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