Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Fabulous BRENDA HOLLOWAY RARE Every Little Bit Hurts TAMLA Mono LP

Never officially released on CD, this is a classic album by a classic artist who doesn't get enough recognition. She opened for the Beatles on their 1965 tour and released a bunch of BRILLIANT singles on the Tamla label (compiled on a stellar Motown "Greatest Hits And Rare Classics" CD that is a must buy). This album has a more adult sound, it's classy and not a normal 'aimed at the average teen' Motown release of the time. This was her only LP released on Tamla.Brenda is from Los Angeles and was Berry Gordy's first west coast signing. She has an amazing voice and was brought in as a NEW Mary Wells. She is also co-writer of the standard "You've Made Me So Very Happy" that was a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears. Her sister (who passed away a few years ago) is Patrice Holloway, also blessed with a strong singing voice (she was the lead vocalist on the original cartoon series of "Josie & The Pussycats) and her records are also well worth hunting (if you can find 'em).
I almost had the chance to play music with Brenda Holloway and talked to her on the phone a few times but she was a busy mother and housewife and that kept her too busy for music at the time. Maybe someday! Brenda Holloway RULES.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not at all familiar with this artist, but based on your excellent write up I'm looking forward to hearing her for myself.

    Great notes and thanks for the share.