In 1962 Teresa switched from the Coral label to Philips. It was past the prime of pop music and her hit-making. However she kept recording fantastic music on Philips, which doesn't get as much exposure as it deserves. She also had some of the greatest album cover portraits. Like Peggy Lee, I feel this period was her prime as a person.
You should at least get to know her 1963 songs Second Hand Rose, He Understands Me, and She'll Never Love You Like I Do. All are on this Terrific Teresa LP. In 1967 she was still releasing great music on the LP Texas Leather and Mexican Lace, which included an amazing rendition of The Comancheros besides the great title song.
In 1968 on the SSS label she recorded "Ride-a-Roo", about a novelty toy which started in England. It's an inflated balloon with ears, which you sat on and bounced. In the US it was called a SpaceHopper.
______________Gold Country - 1966 album____________
A fantastic rendition of I Love You Drops.
Great versions of Ain't Had No Lovin, Baby,
Another, Once a Day.
_________Naughty Naughty Naughty - 1960 album_______
This album was still on the Coral label, but it's worth looking at, isn't it. And listening to. The theme is the Gay Nineties. There are great melodic renditions of:
I've Got Rings On My Fingers, By the Light Of the Silvery Moon, Naughty Naughty Naughty, When I Lost You, Ma He's Making Eyes At Me, Shine On Harvest Moon, When You Wore a Tulip, Honeymoon, Last Night On the Back Porch, Be My Little Bumble Bee, There's Yes Yes In Your Eyes, Naughty 90s.
Greatest Hits album on Philips 1962_____________________
The luscious lass rerecorded her Coral hits for this release.
In addition there was the new recording The Ballad Of Lover's Hill, a beautiful dramatic Civil War ballad with a happy ending, issued as a single in 1962.
Teresa's Philips singles_____________________________
- The Ballad Of Lover's Hill /Not Like a Sister _ _ _ _ _ _ 1962
- She'll Never Love You Like I Do /The Thrill Is Gone _ _1963
- Second Hand Rose /Stand-In
- He Understands Me /Just Before We Say Goodbye
- Come On In /Simple Things _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1964
- Dern Ya (Dang Me) /Mama Never Told Me
- Goldfinger /Make Room For One More Fool _ _ _ _ _ _ 1965
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious /I've Grown Accustomed To His Face
- Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart /What About Mine
- Little Buddy /Little Bitty Grain Of Sand
- Handle With Care/I Can't Remember Ever Loving You_1966
- Evil On Your Mind /Ain't Had No Loving _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _1966
Teresa's Philips albums______________________________
- Teresa Brewer's Greatest Hits _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1962
- Terrific Teresa _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1963
- Moments To Remember _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1964
- Golden Hits Of 1964
- Dear Heart, Goldfinger & Other Great Movie Songs _1965
- Songs For Our Fighting Men _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 1966
- Gold Country
- Texas Leather and Mexican Lace _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _1967
To hear song samples press the title:
Second Hand Rose
He Understands Me
She'll Never Love You Like I Do
I Love You Drops
Texas Leather and Mexican Lace
Ballad Of Lover's Hill
MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC:
Outside the 60s, this song was Teresa's crowning glory, her trademark. A #1 hit in 1950, she rerecorded it several times. You must get to know the other versions, while there's someone around to show you. I'm spelling the titles the way each label had it. Press the highlighted title to hear the sample.
1. Music! Music! Music! - 1950 London label. This is the one you find on current compilation albums, the original. My sample is from old vinyl, and only for comparison.
2. (Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music! - Coral label recording for the 1955 album of that name.
3. Music, Music, Music - Philips label for their 1962 Greatest Hits LP. This is a patented Nashville production.
4. Music, Music, Music - Amsterdam label rock and roll style version (did you know?), for a single and 1973 album of that name, where there were several R&R style renditions. It was her then-husband Bob Thiele who operated that label.
5. Music, Music, Music - 1974 RCA label rerecording, for an album The Best Of TB. Here is a definitive new rendition true to the original but more perfectly done. Notice how she has developed her technique in speaking the line "come on everybody...keep that old nickelodeon playing". It was later also released on an RCA single, and was included on other albums.
6. Music, Music, Music - 1976 Disco version on the Signature label. Yes. A single in a longer and short version.
The R&B group The Sensations, of Let Me In fame, did a rendition of this song in 1961. It did become a small hit, at #54. There aren't many others who have done it, since Teresa pretty well "owns" it. This leads us to some interesting confusion over voices. Some people think the lead singer of The Sensations was Sue Thompson. No, it was Yvonne Baker. Some people mistake Sue Thompson songs like Norman as being by Teresa Brewer. Passing time and lack of reference books creates many such errors now. With these similar voices, it's interesting how birds of a feather have come together in this. Hear a sample:
Music Music Music - The Sensations
I Wouldn't Dream Of It - an amazing ballad from the Terrific Teresa album
Say Something Sweet To Your Sweetheart
Come On In - 1964 single
Hello Louis (Hello Dolly)
A Hard Day's Night - from the Movie themes LP
Goldfinger - with gunshot sound effects ("Violence Warning").
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - From Mary Poppins. Which part of this is hard to spell for ya huh? In a 1960s pop-rock style.
Ballad of the Green Berets - from the album Songs For Our Fighting Men.
Step To the Rear - 1968 SSS International single.
Live a Little - flip of Step To Rear, both from the musical "How Now Dow Jones".
Thoroughly Modern Millie - 1967 ABC single. Performer listed as "Bob Thiele and his New Happy Times Orchestra featuring Teresa Brewer special guest star".
Give Me Your Kisses - she had one guest vocal on Bob Thiele's 1972 LP "Those Were the Days"
Unliberated Woman - 1975 Signature single. Lyrics are as good as you think, and the music comes off impressive.
Tonight I Sleep Alone - A 1977 single which got attention for frank sexual lyrics.
No Way Conway - #68 in 1983. Yes it's a humorous play on Conway Twitty's name.
Early 1970s rock recordings
Her 1973 Amsterdam album with the rock theme.
I love this portrait.
If you need to read the contents you can handle the image by clicking on it.
Music To the Man
Late Night Movie
Playground In My Mind
Give Me Love
In 1973-74 Teresa and her new husband Bob Thiele recorded and produced some songs in England, mostly rock-flavored. Instrumental backing bands used had names like "Head Hands and Feet", and "Oily Rags".
One production was a new recording by Jim Lowe of his 1956 hit Green Door. It wasn't a hit but I found one copy of it on planet Earth, so it should be known. Teresa contributes her voice in the background. Press to listen.
The second Amsterdam album that resulted was "Teresa Brewer In London With Oily Rags". Here's the toughest song from that one: Mama Sure Could Swing a Deal.
A Teresa vocal that wasn't on any album was a 1974 rock version of the 1957 hit Bo Weevil, another rare single. Hear it here.
In 1956/57 Teresa released a rare Christmas album titled "At Christmas Time". It was later reissued as a CD named "Down the Holiday Trail". It is very suitable for children. Before each song she has some cute dialog with her three young daughters. Here's a link to the complete ALBUM.
Other Teresa Christmas links:
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (1953)
All Teresa's 1950s Christmas singles
In addition to the short disco single of Music MM under More Music above, here are other disco songs I know of. The 12" single had 4 and 6 minute versions. On her 1977 LP "Teresa Brewer's New Album" (Image Records #IM 306) there were four other disco selections.
Music MM - 12" single 4 min
Music MM - 12" 6 min
I've Got You Under My Skin
Forever and Ever
TERESA'S MOVIE career was spectacular but brief. She was voted by Americans as most popular female singer, and was chosen to star in the 1953 musical "Those Redheads From Seattle". Then she chose to not continue with an acting career. Here is a screenshot from the preview of that movie:
Here's a link to see the full PREVIEW for the movie.
Articles: Go to this LINK to see or download some newspaper articles.
Teresa died October 17, 2007 of an illness. In tribute, from Songs For Our Fighting Men:
Til We Meet Again
Visit her official fansite at teresafans.org. You can see her complete discography, including contents of all albums. You can hear many of her songs.
allmusic.com is an encyclopedia of everyone's recordings.
Wikipedia has many such articles.
Facebook Fans Of Teresa Brewer (link)
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