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Teresa Brewer

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Teresa Brewer began like a spunky novelty vocalist in the 1950s and weathered the rise of rock and roll to emerge as an exuberant jazz vocalist in the 1970s. While some think it is disconcerting to listen to her cutesy, somewhat nasal Your Strike Parade-style delivery inside a jazz framework, at her greatest she can golf swing having a loose and easy fervor, aided significantly by the recognized company she frequently keeps on her behalf records. Brewer began singing on Main Bowes’ Novice Hour at age five and obtained her 1st big strike as an adolescent in 1950 using the diabolically catchy “Music! Music! Music!” That ditty discovered its method onto nearly every jukebox within the property and launched some strike singles on Coral extending completely to 1961. Her relationship to record manufacturer Bob Thiele in 1972 resulted in her re-emergence with a lengthy string of albums for Thiele’s brands (Doctor Jazz, Personal, Red Baron), frequently in tandem with such luminaries as Count number Basie, Benny Carter, Duke and Mercer Ellington, Stephane Grappelli, Earl Hines, and Clark Terry.

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Full Name Teresa Brewer
Died October 17, 2007, New Rochelle, New York, United States
Profession Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Bob Thiele
Music Songs Music! Music! Music!, A Tear Fell, A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl, Gonna Get Along Without You Now, 'Til I Waltz Again With You, Mutual Admiration Society, Ricochet, Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Bo Weevil, He Understands Me, I Love Mickey, The Ballad of Lovers' Hill, The Hula Hoop Song, The Banjo's Back in Town, Pickle Up A Doodle, Gotta Go Get My Baby, Singin' A Doo Dah Song, Come on and Drive Me Crazy, Silver Dollar, Heavenly Lover, If You Want Some Lovin', Put Another Nickel In Music Music, It's the Same Old Jazz, Danny's Song, Baby Baby Baby, I Guess It Was You All the Time, Baby, Be My Toy, Mockin' Bird Hill, Shoot It Again, Let Me Go, Lover!, What More Is There To Say, Hurry on Down
Albums Miss Music, Terrific Teresa Brewer, Time For Teresa, Golden Hits Of 1964, Miss Versatility, Teresa Brewer and the Dixieland Band, In London, The Seasons Greetings From, Palm Beach, Mega Hits For You, Sweet And Old Fashioned, Hits To The Top, Ridin' High, Ultimate Top Hits, The Ultimate Collection, Id Like To Hear That Song Again, Truly Teresa Brewer, Bird Of Prey, The Remarkable Teresa Brewer, Forever Teresa Brewer, Noble Blue, Teresa Brewer Gold - Original Vintage Recordings, Over The Top Hits, Whip-Poor-Will / Older and Wiser, Wheel Of Fortune, Christmas Bells Are Ringing, Fabulous Hits, The Hula Hoop Song / You Send Me (Mono Version), Miss Hitmaker, Teresa Brewer's Christmas Singles, The Sensational Teresa Brewer, Highlights of Teresa Brewer, Remembering Teresa Brewer, Teresa Brewer's Greatest Hits, The Genius of Teresa Brewer, Richocet, The Outstanding Teresa Brewer, Gonna Get Along Without You Now, Just Teresa Brewer, History Of Rock And Roll, Vol. 5: 1956 Pop, Part 3, All Day Lazing, Music! Music! Music! the Best of Teresa Brewer, The Songs Of Bessie Smith / It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, The Hits Collection, Christmas Favorites, At Christmas Time, Don't Mess With Tess, The Voices of Christmas, Time For Gold, Like A Swan, Waiting for Santa Claus
Nominations NME Award for Favourite US Female Singer
Movies Those Redheads from Seattle, Hank Williams: The Man and His Music


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1 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1708 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
2 Ed Sullivan first introduced the petite singer on his variety show as "the little girl with the big voice." She was a frequent Sullivan guest.
3 She moved away from performing in the 1960s as rock 'n' roll took over the pop scene and instead concentrated on raising a family of four. She returned to singing in a jazz-swing mode a decade later after marrying her second husband, jazz producer Bob Thiele, and worked with such icons as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.
4 Born Theresa Breuer, the eldest of five children of a glass inspector for the Libby Owens Co. in Toledo, Ohio.
5 Made her official professional debut at age 2 singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on a children's Toledo radio show. At age 5 she won a singing competition which earned her several appearances on the "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" radio talent program. She spent the next seven years touring with a Bowes'-formed troupe, then "retired" at age 12 to return to school.
6 Dropped out of high school as a junior and moved to New York to find singing work, altering her given name to "Teresa Brewer".
7 Made around 300 records by the mid-1960s.
8 She dyed her blonde hair and made her film debut as one of Those Redheads from Seattle (1953) starring Rhonda Fleming, but turned down a long-term contract offer by Paramount in order to maintain her singing career and remain with her family, both established on the East Coast.
9 She recorded Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World", which was written by her second husband Bob Thiele. Thiele also produced a few of her earlier hits.
10 Four daughters: Kathleen (born in 1950), Susan and Megan Colleen (born in November 1954), and Michelle (born in 1958).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brontes at the BBC 2016 TV Movie documentary performer: "He Understands Me" - uncredited
Mad Men 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
True Blood 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sons of Anarchy TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Haack: The King of Techno 2004 Documentary performer: "Satellite" - as Teressa Brewer
Ramona 2003 TV Mini-Series performer: "Music! Music! Music!"
61* 2001 TV Movie lyrics: "I Love Mickey" / music: "I Love Mickey" / performer: "I Love Mickey"
Porky's 1981 performer: "'Til I Waltz Again With You"
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special performer: "Till I Waltz Again with You", "A Tear Fell", "A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl"
The Muppet Show 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "Ricochet"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1958 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Those Redheads from Seattle 1953 "I Guess It Was You All the Time" / performer: "Baby, Baby, Baby", "Mr. Banjo Man"
Teresa Brewer and the Firehouse Five Plus Two 1951 Short performer: "Music! Music! Music! Put Another Nickel In", "Old Man Mose" - uncredited

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Producers' Showcase 1957 TV Series
The United States Steel Hour 1955 TV Series Singer
Those Redheads from Seattle 1953 Pat Edmonds

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jukebox Saturday Night II 1989 TV Movie Herself - Guest
The American Music Awards 1982 TV Special Herself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1979 TV Series Herself
Good Old Days Part II 1978 TV Special Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1978 TV Series Herself - Vocalist / Herself / Herself - Singer
The Muppet Show 1977 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
Sha Na Na 1977 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-1976 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Herself
The David Frost Show 1972 TV Series Herself
The Ed Nelson Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1967 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Fanfare 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Jimmy Dean Show 1964 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
The Ed Sullivan Show 1949-1964 TV Series Herself / Herself - Singer / Herself - Vocalist
The Keefe Brasselle Show 1963 TV Series Herself
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine 1962-1963 TV Series Herself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show 1962 TV Series Herself
Celebrity Talent Scouts 1960 TV Series Herself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1956-1959 TV Series Herself - Vocalist / Herself - Guest / Herself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1959 TV Series Herself - Singer
Perry Presents 1959 TV Series Herself - Host
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show 1958-1959 TV Series Herself
The Arthur Murray Party 1956-1958 TV Series Herself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1958 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Dick Clark Show 1958 TV Series Herself
Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour 1958 TV Series Herself
The Big Record 1957 TV Series Herself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1952-1957 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest Vocalist
Frankie Laine Time 1955 TV Series Herself
The Morning Show 1954 TV Series Herself
The George Jessel Show 1953-1954 TV Series Herself
The Orchid Award 1953 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
Summertime U.S.A. 1953 TV Series Herself (1953)
Coke Time 1953 TV Series Herself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953 TV Series Herself - Singer
Texaco Star Theatre 1952 TV Series Herself - Singer
Songs for Sale 1952 TV Series Herself
Cavalcade of Stars 1952 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
Teresa Brewer and the Firehouse Five Plus Two 1951 Short Herself
All Star Revue 1951 TV Series Herself - Guest Vocalist
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue 1950 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Starlight Ballroom 2015 TV Movie Herself
Haack: The King of Techno 2004 Documentary Teresa Brewer
The Ed Sullivan Show 1958 TV Series Herself

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