Thursday, October 18, 2007

Teresa Brewer R. I. P.

She was an important part of the soundtrack of my kidhood.

1950s singer Teresa Brewer dies at 76 -- "NEW YORK - Singer Teresa Brewer, who topped the charts in the 1950s with hits like 'Till I Waltz Again with You,' and performed with jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington, died Wednesday. She was 76.

Brewer died at her New Rochelle home of a neuromuscular disease, said family spokesman Bill Munroe. Her four daughters were at her bedside.

Brewer had scores of hits in the 1950s and a burgeoning film career, but she pared down her public life to raise her children. She re-emerged a decade later to perform with jazz greats Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.

'She was just a wonderful, lovely lady,' said Munroe, a longtime family friend. 'Her career was always a hobby with her _ her family always came first. She always considered her legacy not to be the gold records and the TV appearances, but her loving family.' "


jjs said...

i had a major crush on her when i was 5 until she quit showing up on ed sullivan's. because of the subdued nature of this site i'm gonna say it was because of the dimples.

Todd Mason said...

Wow. And Deborah Kerr and Joey Bishop. All flourishing in the same decades, but otherwise not so overlapping.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I remember "Music, Music, Music," being a hit when I was a kid and thought she was a great combination of cute and sexy--even though I wasn't fully aware of just what sexy was back then.