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Posted January 12, 2011
A lot has been said of Brenda Holloway's being pushed into becoming Motown's succesor to the departed Mary Wells.....but, Brenda herself positioned herself at a record company convention in Los Angeles in hopes of meeting Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Yes, Brenda , complete with tight fitting gold lame pant suit, was lip syncing to a Mary Wells' record to Berry Gordy at that convention. She didn't know he WAS Berry Gordy at the time. She thought he was too young to be him. But Gordy was impressed and he signed her!
Her very first release, "Every Little Bit Hurts" was a smash!
It was written and recorded in Los Angeles.....a first for Motown.
The follow up "I'll Always Love You" didn't fair as well on the charts, but it was a great record.
Her next release was a song Smokey Robinson had already cut on Mary Wells just before she left Motown for a huge cash advance from 2oth Century Fox Records. That song, "When I'm Gone", was a
big hit, peaking at #25 pop.
The follow up, "Operator" had been the flip side of Mary Wells' hit,"Two Lovers". Brenda slowed it down; turning the light hearted ditty into a sultry soulful romp.
After a few more low charting releases, Brenda left Motown.
I disagree that Brenda's original "You've Made Me So Very Happy" was so much better than Blood,Sweat & Tears version. The latter version had a powerful punch added to the mix by their solid horn section. Brenda's was a lilting lullaby in parts.
Here we have all of Brenda's Tamla singles collected together in one CD.
She was an original. She definitely had a voice!
And Brenda's "When I'm Gone" was far superior to Mary Wells' effort. (check out Wells' version in "Mary Wells: The Ultimate Collection")
Bobby Beresiwsky Lauser,