Spring 2002 Newsletter
Bill Munroe
584 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Tickled Pink!

Teresa and her family are “tickled pink” over the birth of Teresa’s second great-grandchild, Shaylan, who was born this past spring.  She joins big sister Ryleigh Kate and their proud and happy parents, Tierney and Denis Ahearn.  (Denis, Teresa’s grandson, is the eldest son of Megan and Denis Ahearn.  Megan, as you know, is Teresa’s daughter.)  Teresa, a great-grandmother?  Twice?  It’s difficult to believe.  It’s hard to get over the fact that she’s even a grandmother!


There’s a bit of sad news to report as well.  Marianne Lovaas, one of Teresa’s longtime and dearest friends, died after a lengthy illness on June 28, 2000.  Marianne had the comfort of having her son, Michael, with her throughout her illness and he was at her side at the very end.

As an industrious teenager of 16 in 1959, Marianne (then, Mary Ann) took over the presidency of The National Teresa Brewer Fan Club.  At the time, Marianne was in the formidable position of having to fill the shoes of Alma Thurmond, who very capably started the fan club a few years prior and had done a wonderful job in running it.  Those of us who remember the bi-monthly issues of “Teresa’s Telegram” under Marianne’s aegis know that Marianne succeeded, and succeeded beautifully.  We miss Marianne more than words can say, especially her quick and incisive wit, her extraordinary kindness and her cherished friendship. 


Be sure to check out the Teresa Brewer Center on the Internet, completely revamped and updated by fan club member and lasting friend, Chris Cotton.  It’s even better than it was before, and we thought then that it couldn’t be improved.  The website address is



and includes, among other features, an updated and extensive Teresa Brewer discography (listing over  600  songs, 80 albums, 145 singles, etc., completely cross-referenced), a comprehensive biography, and an abundance of outstanding and very rare photographs which are representative of Teresa’s long, extraordinary and successful career.  Also, whenever there’s any late-breaking news to report on Teresa, you’ll find it in the website.  The Teresa Brewer Center is impressive and very professionally presented.  For a job magnificently done, take a bow, Chris.


Many of you have inquired about the availability of Teresa’s recordings, new and old, and have asked for hints on how best to locate them.  Here are some suggestions:

If your local music store doesn’t have the Teresa CD you are seeking, you might want to try contacting Tower Records or Collectors’ Choice Music and ordering by mail.  In the past, they have been a good source for that elusive disc.  Tower Records’ phone number is (212) 799-2500; the number for Collectors’ Choice is (800) 923-1122.  (You can also use their websites:  www.towerrecords.com and www.collectorschoicemusic.com.  The Tower Records site has a number of CD compilations on which Teresa appears as guest artist, e.g.,  “ ’S Wonderful: The Great Gershwin Decca Songbook” on which she sings “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” and “Baseball’s Greatest Hits” on which “I Love Mickey” is found.)

Travelers on the Internet probably know that Amazon.com carries, in general, a very respectable supply of Teresa’s compact discs.

And rare singles and long-playing albums – even CDs – pop up all the time on yet another Internet site, eBay.  It’s an auction site.  If you are not familiar with it, check it out at eBay.com.

One more source – and it’s a good one!  Our very good friend, Norm Muir of Canada, has alerted us to a gem of an Internet site.  And it’s called, aptly enough, Gemm.com.  Norm says that Gemm.com sells out-of-print new and used recordings – albums, singles and compact discs – and that the site has “gazillions of stuff” by Teresa on it.  Some of the prices are a bit steep but you’ll undoubtedly agree it’s worth the extra few bucks to find that phantom recording you need to complete your collection.  Check out Gemm.com…and good luck!

For those of you who do not have a computer as yet, perhaps a friend or relative has one and will help you locate the aforementioned websites.  And most libraries nowadays have computers for their patrons to use.

These have been just a few suggestions to help you find Teresa’s recordings.  If you have others, please drop the fan club a line.  We’re always very happy to share any Teresa Brewer information that’s available.


Everything old is new again!  In England, there has just been released a CD entitled “The Original Sound of Miss Music! Music! Music!”  And they mean it when they say “original.”  This 22-track disc on the Jasmine label contains Teresa’s very first recordings for London Records, circa 1949-51.  Featured are a lot of hits of the day, many of which were made popular by Teresa herself.  Songs from back then, classics such as “Choo’n Gum,” “The Thing,” “Molasses, Molasses,” “The Picnic Song,” “ ’Way Back Home,” “I Beeped When I Shoulda Bopped” and, of course, “Music! Music! Music!,” sound fresh and sparkly, to match the performances.  The accompanying Dixieland All-Stars, backing Teresa on most of the selections, are the perfect complement.  The sound quality is superb, and there is not the slightest hint of surface noise or distortion.

The disc is important historically as well for it contains the very first two sides that Teresa ever recorded, “When the Train Came In” and “A Man Wrote a Song.”  When this 78 was released in 1949, the label on the disc prophetically proclaimed “A New Star Is Born!”

Also, last year on the Spectrum label in Great Britain, yet another Teresa Brewer ‘greatest hits’ compilation was issued.  Called “The Best of Teresa Brewer,” it has 19 songs -- all the gold records are there and many other hits as well.  Included on the disc are two new-to-CD songs, “How Important Can It Be?” and “How Do You Know It’s Love?”  (This latter song, by the way, was not a hit here in the States but made it to #21 in Great Britain in 1960.)  To order, call the Good Music Company at (800) 538-4200.

A third CD you’ll be pleased to know about is “When Your Lover Has Gone,” originally released on Coral Records in 1958.  The quality of this album of standards is excellent, sounding so much better than a mint copy of the stereo record.  And the original artwork and liner notes add the perfect touch.  Available through Red Trumpet, a company that can be reached at (877) 733-8786.

Rounding out the list of recently released CDs are two classic reissues:  “Teresa Brewer ‘Live’ at Carnegie Hall & Montreux, Switzerland” and, on a 2-for-1 disc, “The Songs of Bessie Smith” with Count Basie and “The Cotton Connection” with Mercer Ellington.  They are part of the Sony Music Special Products Collectables Jazz Classics.  You can buy these online at Oldies.com or call them at (800) 336-4627.  

In addition to the specific ordering information cited above for Red Trumpet, the Good Music Company and Oldies.com, all of these CDs can be obtained through Amazon.com and/or from Collectors’ Choice.  See the previous page for ordering information.  (If you would like listings of song titles for any of the above CDs, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the fan club at the address listed at the end of this newsletter.  When writing, please specify which album or albums you’re interested in.)


Fan club member Bill Harper has suggested that we do another Teresa Brewer record, cassette and CD swap and has volunteered to spearhead it.  Send your lists of “wants” and “duplicates for trading” to him, stating the condition of any item you might have to trade.  Be sure to enclose a large, self-addressed stamped envelope, too.  Bill will then compile all the material he receives and will distribute the information to everyone who participates.

We haven’t had a record swap in quite a while now and the time is right for another one!  Send your lists to Bill Harper at 301 E. Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta, NC  29841.  (Bill’s e-mail address is whhsa@hotmail.com -- if it’s more convenient for you to contact him in this fashion, feel free to do so.)  Organizing and coordinating such a record swap is a considerable undertaking and we appreciate Bill’s willingness to do it.


How many of you are aware that Teresa may have been subliminally instrumental in launching the career of Simon & Garfunkel?  It’s not as far-fetched as you might think.  Here’s what we recently learned:  In 1952, songwriter Sidney Prosen approached Teresa in an elevator in the Brill Building in Manhattan.  He had just written “Till I Waltz Again with You” and, thinking it’d be just right for Teresa, sang it to her as he was riding up to his fifth floor office.  Teresa liked the song very much and recorded it.  Upon its initial release, it sold well over two million copies and was named by Cashbox and other record trade magazines as the #1 song of 1953.

Using money earned in large part from his “Till I Waltz Again with You” royalties, Sidney Prosen started Big Records and, for the label, signed an unknown local duo, renaming them Tom & Jerry.  As Tom & Jerry, they had a modest hit, “Hey, Schoolgirl,” in 1957.  This caused enough of a stir in the music industry for Columbia Records to get a whiff and lure them away from Prosen’s label.  Columbia signed them to a long-term contract, giving them back their original names, Simon & Garfunkel.

Life is certainly serendipitous.  If Teresa hadn’t been in the elevator that day, if Mr. Prosen hadn’t had the perfect song to present to her, if that song hadn’t zoomed up the charts, staying at #1 for seven long weeks, who knows, there may not have been a  Mrs. Robinson” or a “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”  So, you can see why we say that Teresa may have unwittingly helped launch -- in a big way -- the careers of Simon & Garfunkel.


For those of you who enjoy collecting Teresa on video, we recommend highly the following:

Questar has released “Abbott & Costello ‘Live’ from the Colgate Comedy Hour,” with Teresa as ‘special guest star.’  The year was late 1952 and Teresa sings, in a song-and-dance production number, “Roll Them Roly Boly Eyes.”  Direct any written inquiries to Questar, Inc., P.O. Box 11345, Chicago, IL  60611-0345, or call (312) 397-2150.  (The video number is QV2473.)

Another recommended video is “T.V. Variety Shows, Volume 9” from 1953.  Teresa looks especially lovely as she performs two songs of hers that were big hits at the time, “Baby, Baby, Baby” and “Ricochet.”  Video Resources New York, Inc. put this video out and they can be reached at 220 West 71st Street, New York, NY  10023.  Their telephone numbers are (212) 724-7055 and (800) 442-7055.  And, the website address for this company is www.askira.com.  (On the website is listed another show, unviewed by us, which features Teresa.  What we know about it is that it’s called “T.V. Variety Shows, Volume 1” and the caption reads “Teresa Brewer appearing with Eddie Fisher on ‘Coke Time’.”  We understand that, on the video, Teresa sings her Top-15 hit of 1955, “The Banjo’s Back in Town,” so it looks promising!)

The above two videos are both wonderful but perhaps even more exciting and delightful, if that’s possible, is “The Toast of the Town #3,” which captures Teresa on one of her very first appearances on television.  “The Toast of the Town” was the original name of Ed Sullivan’s Sunday night television show and this is the complete hour, vintage commercials and all, that aired February 5, 1950.  On this show, an 18-year-old Teresa, looking confident and radiant, sings “Ol’ Man Mose” and “Music! Music! Music!”  If you are just beginning to collect Teresa on video, this is the perfect starting point.  For ordering information, contact Grapevine Video, P.O. 46161, Phoenix, AZ  85063, or try using the website, www.grapevinevideo.com .  

Even though the sources for these three videos are old kinescopes, the quality of them all is very, very good to excellent.  (A kinescope, now an archaic term, is a film of a transmitted television program.)  And the price is right, too:  each sells for about twenty bucks.  As we hear of other videos that feature Teresa becoming available, we’ll let you know.


Roger Schram writes that MCA/Universal is re-releasing on CD a variety of selected albums from their vaults in 2-for-1 reissues.  MCA/Universal owns all of Teresa’s Coral masters.  As soon as any of her albums are scheduled for issuance in this series, Roger has assured us that the fan club will be the first to know.  And, as soon as we know, you will, too.


This past year, noted British author Ean Wood approached Teresa with the prospect of writing a full-scale, comprehensive story of her life and career.  Ean, the award-winning writer of such highly-acclaimed and well-received biographies on the lives of George Gershwin and Josephine Baker, is known for his thoroughness, his insightfulness and, most important, his fairness.  After prolonged consideration, Teresa, although flattered and appreciative, decided that she would prefer to put the project on hold for the time being.  As you know, she has been giving much thought these past few years to writing her autobiography.  She has such a treasure trove of photographs to share, from her infancy through to the present day, that she thinks it might be fun to have a photo-biography published at some point.  Meanwhile, Ean hasn’t gotten Teresa completely out of his system:  he is working on having a high-quality boxed set of Teresa’s Coral recordings issued. 


We’d like to thank Edmund Arredondo for sharing with us the beautiful collage he made of some of Teresa’s Coral album covers.  Edmund has been a valued friend and a dedicated member of the fan club for about 20 years now.


How many of you are familiar with Joel Whitburn’s series of reference books that chronicle every hit that has ever made the Billboard record charts?  They are a must for the serious record enthusiast’s library.  His most recent volume, the 930-page “Top Pop Singles, 1955-1999,” lists each and every song that has hit Billboard’s Hot-100 charts during that period and it’s completely cross-referenced by artist and song title.  It covers every conceivable area of interest and is loaded with fun-filled facts, e.g., the top 25 hits of each decade, records debuting in the top three, songs with the most-charted versions, singles with longest titles, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees, hits with picture sleeves, flip sides of hits, etc.  It’s the type of book that, once you start thumbing through, you can’t stop.

Our main interest in the book, of course, is the information it provides on Teresa.  For instance, we learn that, in the five-year period between early 1955 and 1959, Teresa had a very impressive total of 24 hits.  And, during that timeframe, she had two “hot streaks.”  (A “hot streak,” according to the book, is a period in which an artist had five or more consecutive chart-makers.   For convenient reference, each hot streak is shaded in gray under the artist’s name.)

The first hot streak for Teresa, in which six songs in a row charted, was between December 18, 1954 and July 30, 1955.  The hits were “Let Me Go, Lover!,” “I Gotta Go Get My Baby,” the double-sided “Pledging My Love”/ “How Important Can It Be?,” “Silver Dollar” and “The Banjo’s Back in Town.”

Early the following year, the second hot streak occurred.  It began on February 22, 1956 and ended on June 17, 1957.  This time, Teresa had eight consecutive hits in a row: another double-sided hit single, “A Tear Fell”/ “Bo Weevil” followed by “A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl,” “I Love Mickey,” the double-sided “Mutual Admiration Society”/ “Crazy with Love,” “Empty Arms” and “Teardrops in my Heart.”

A section of the book is devoted to “Top Artists by Decade.”  For the period beginning with 1955, when the history of songs that hit the charts begins for this particular book, through the end of 1959, we are pleased and proud to report that the top-two best-selling female artists were Patti Page and Teresa Brewer.  (To give you perspective, comparable positions on the male side during this period were Elvis Presley and Pat Boone.  And, in the male-dominated pop music world of that era, Teresa and Patti Page were the only solo female singers who made the top 25.)


It should be noted that Teresa had an additional 14 songs on the charts during the first half of the ’50s, including some of her biggest hits, e.g., the million-sellers “Music! Music! Music!,” ‘‘Till I Waltz Again with You” and “Ricochet” and the two-sided smash, “Bell Bottom Blues”/ “Our Heartbreaking Waltz.”  It would be interesting to know how she ranked for the decade as a whole rather than just the last five years of it, but that information is not readily available.

There are many other bits of trivia pertaining to Teresa and to every artist who had a top pop single during that time period.  Rather than citing all hers in detail here (and possibly spoiling your fun should you decide to pick up a copy of the book yourself), we’ll save them for future newsletters.


Through Rob Snijders (Holland’s #1 Teresa Brewer fan!), we learned that Teresa’s picture was on the cover of the music publication, IN TUNE International.  This magazine has been in existence for many years and it is the only one of its kind in the world devoted entirely to the popular music of 1935-1960.  In this particular issue, Drew Blackburn of Scotland has complied a discography of not only all of Teresa’s United States singles, but every one that was released in the United Kingdom as well.  The releases were not necessarily the same.

In perusing Drew’s discographies, we can see that most of the songs that Teresa recorded for London Records here in America between 1949 and 1951 were released in the UK, too.  However, it wasn’t until the 1954 release of “Jilted” that the Coral recordings were also available in the British Isles.  Brewer songs such as “Bell Bottom Blues” and “Ricochet” were hits there but hits for their homegrown artists, not Teresa.  (Over the years, Drew has been an invaluable source of information regarding rare, foreign-released Teresa Brewer recordings, and he has been very generous in sharing this info with us.)

Direct any of your subscription inquiries to IN TUNE International, 12 Caer, Groes, Denbigh, LL16 5YT, United Kingdom.


As a special treat for all, Teresa dipped into the family album and has pulled some beautiful photos of her four grandsons and two great-granddaughters.  The very proud Teresa thought you might enjoy seeing them.  On the family album page, going clockwise from the upper left-hand corner, are Denis Ahearn (25 years old) holding his two-month-old daughter Shaylan;  Ian Ahearn (22) in the backyard with niece Ryleigh   (2 ½);  Nicky (10) with first cousin, once-removed, Ryleigh;  Brendan Ahearn (17);  Ryleigh with little sister Shaylan;  and Shaylan (two months) with Teresa (ageless).                                

Denis, Ian and Brendan are the sons of Megan and Denis Ahearn;  Nicky is the son of Susie and Didier Dorot;  and Ryleigh and Shaylan are the daughters of Tierney and the younger Denis Ahearn.  Teresa’s extended family also includes Owen Louis, the handsome young son of Bob Thiele, Jr. and his wife, Amy Kanter, who all live in California.    

And, the photo of the stunning bride on another page is, of course, Teresa’s youngest daughter, Michelle, who married Ralph McCann on December 5, 1997.  Although we don’t have a photo for inclusion in this newsletter, you’ll be pleased to know that Kathy, Teresa’s eldest, married Dr. Roderick Granzen on April 5, 2000.  As you can imagine, things are really moving on the home-front!


It is an argument that has gone on for years in pubs and neighborhood taverns, over the dinner table and in living rooms, and maybe even on the street corner:  “What were the greatest songs of the last century?”

Now, using a mixture of listeners’ and performers’ choices, together with sales figures of recordings sold, British Radio 2 and sister stations here in the US claim to have come up with the 100 tunes over the last hundred years that have “excited, soothed, inspired and entertained people the most.”  “Yesterday,” at the top of the tree, was cited as the most-covered song ever written, with at least 2,000 different versions in existence.

We’re pleased to report that in this top-100 listing – in fact, it made the top 40 – is “What a Wonderful World,” the beautiful song that was co-written by Teresa’s late husband, Bob Thiele.  “What a Wonderful World” was not only an enormous international hit for Louis Armstrong, it is a lasting song, one that has captured our hearts.


One of the nicest members of Teresa’s fan club is Brian Tooley.  Brian hadn’t even been born when a lot of Teresa’s songs hit the charts but he has certainly made up for it.  Brian is currently in the process of “downsizing” part of his massive collection and wants to give fellow fan club members the first grab at the items.  He offers a varied selection of stuff – records, sheet music, magazines, miscellaneous memorabilia, etc. – and quite possibly has just what you are looking for.  If interested, why don’t you write to Brian at 4778 Skyline Road South, Salem, OR  97306-2401.  If it’s more convenient for you, you may contact him through e-mail at briantooley@attbi.com or by telephone at (503) 370-8335.  We are sure that you’ll enjoy dealing with him.   


In previous Teresa Brewer Newsletters, a common feature has been a section devoted to “Teresa sightings.”  It was here that we would make reference to books, movies, magazines, quotes, etc. that talked about Teresa or, at times, merely just mentioned her name under special or unusual circumstances.  Since the last newsletter a while back, there have been quite a number of new sightings as you can imagine, too numerous to possibly mention all.  We would be remiss, however, if we didn’t tell you about four of them, each unlike the other but each interesting and unique in its own way:

During the summer, HBO aired the Emmy-nominated original movie, “61*.”  Directed by Billy Crystal, it is the story of the New York Yankees of another time.  The movie focused specifically on the meteoric rise of, and the competition between, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, who were two of the best and most popular baseball players in the history of the sport.  (The title, by the way, refers to the home-run record set by Maris in 1961, a feat asterisked due to the fact that the season was eight games longer than when Babe Ruth set the mark in 1927.)  During a one-minute video montage toward the middle of “61*,” Mickey Mantle is shown in action: swinging the bat, running around the bases and, in general, demonstrating just why he was one of the greatest ballplayers of all time.  Heard prominently over the montage in the movie and mixed in with the roar of the crowd is the 1956 hit song, “I Love Mickey,” exuberantly performed by Teresa with a vocal assist from Mr. Mantle himself!  Available on Home Video and DVD.  (From the trivia files:  “I Love Mickey,” one of Teresa’s most collectable hits, was co-written by her after she attended one of Mantle’s Yankees games earlier in the year.)         

Another Teresa sighting revolves around the literary world.  Garrison Keillor, whose “Prairie Home Companion” show has been a staple on national public radio for about 25 years, had a New York Times best-seller this past year entitled “Lake Wobegon:  Summer 1956.”  It’s the semi-autobiographical novel of a young boy, in his twelfth year, enjoying the usual activities and aspirations of most youths in the 1950s.  At one point in the story, a group of older boys form a doo-wop singing group called the Doo-Dads.  The Doo-Dads’ main goal is to escape their small hometown in Minnesota and hit the big time.  They dream of appearances on Ed Sullivan’s television show and “maybe touring with Teresa Brewer or the Crew-cuts.”

And then there’s “All About Elvis,” the book written by Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.  In many of the biographies written about Elvis, it is mentioned that his favorite “girl” singers were Teresa and Kay Starr.  In this particular book, we learn that Elvis and a group of his friends caught one of Teresa’s shows at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas in 1972.  The troop went backstage after the show where he and Teresa had a chance to meet for the first time and to visit for about an hour.  Teresa remembers the visit fondly:  “I was working in Las Vegas and people came back and said ‘Elvis is here.’ I said, ‘Oh, sure!’  They said he really is and that he wants to come back and see me and I said, ‘Sure! Sure!’  I didn’t believe it.  And all of a sudden there he is with his entourage and he comes into the dressing room.  He snaps his fingers and everyone sits down, starting to talk amongst themselves.  And he and I stood there – we didn’t even sit down – and he told me his life’s story.  He was very lonely and just wanted to talk.  He said the first song he sang, almost the first, was ‘Till I Waltz Again with You.’ He told me how much he enjoyed my show and, all of a sudden, he said, ‘Would you like to go out with us for dinner?’  I declined because I was very tired.  He snapped his fingers, his entourage got up, and they all left.  He was really charming, very sweet, but a very lonely person, so anxious to talk to people.  He did all the talking.  I just listened.  He was looking only for a listener.  A nice guy, a very nice guy.”  A few years after her visit with him, Teresa was told that Elvis credited her with getting him started in show business, claiming the first song he ever performed before an audience, in April 1953 in Memphis at the L.C. Humes Annual Minstrel Show, was “Till I Waltz Again with You.”  A joking but appreciative Teresa asked, “So where’s my 10%?!”


The last Teresa sighting we’re going to mention is perhaps the most unusual.  A few months ago, polka-king Jimmy Sturr released a CD on which guest artists such as Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee did some old hits “polka-style.”  It’s called “Gone Polka” and, on it, Brenda Lee is featured performing two songs.  What is odd, however, is that the two songs chosen for Brenda to sing are hits that are not associated with her.  They are polka versions of two of Teresa’s million-selling records, to wit, “Music! Music! Music! Polka” and “Ricochet Polka.”  The liner notes read:  “Calling Brenda Lee the ‘Country Teresa Brewer,’ Jimmy Sturr seized the opportunity to ask her to sing Teresa Brewer’s hits.  They are so often confused, Brenda said, that people often shout ‘Put another nickel in’ at her concerts, a reference to Teresa’s big hit, ‘Music! Music! Music!,’ which Brenda sings here with toe-tappy zeal and vocal vigor.  Brenda adds: ‘I’m a big Teresa Brewer fan.  People get us a little confused but it doesn’t bother me a bit.  I’m proud to be in that company.’ ”  As we went to press, we learned that “Gone Polka” has won a 2001 Grammy award, as has Brenda Lee as a special guest performer.


Here’s a nice little human-interest story:

Barry Baker, who lives on the southern coast of England, has been a devoted Teresa Brewer fan ever since he was a teenager in the ’50s.  He had never heard of Teresa until one unsuspecting day, thinking all was at peace in his world, he walked into his neighborhood record store.  There, displayed prominently on one of the walls, was a picture of a very lovely young lady.  Looking at the picture, it was love at first sight for Barry.  Upon inquiry, he learned that the young lady’s name was Teresa Brewer, that she was one of the most popular singers in America, and that the store had just gotten in a supply of her then current Great Britain record release.

The year had to have been 1956 because the song in question was, appropriately for Barry, “Crazy with Love.”  (Here in the States, “Crazy with Love” was the flip, or B-side, of Teresa’s hit, “Mutual Admiration Society.”  In the UK, however, it was released as the A-side of the single.  The record company over there paired the song with “The Moon is on Fire” which, incidentally, was the B-side of “Let Me Go, Lover!,” released here in America in late 1954.)

After having “Crazy with Love” played for him that day by the store’s proprietor, Barry fell in love with not only the face in the picture on the wall but with voice behind it as well.  He simply had to have that record!  The only problem was he had no record player.  That didn’t deter Barry.  He bought the record anyway and then worked at odd jobs to save up enough money to buy a record player.

After a while, he was able to purchase the record player but his problems weren’t completely eliminated because, at that time, his family’s home had no electricity!  Undaunted, Barry would put the needle to the record that was on the turntable, position his ear next to the grooves and, using his forefinger, would spin the 78 rpm around and around.  Doing this modified bit of aerobics made Barry’s index finger the healthiest – and hardiest – in southeastern England!

Fortunately, Barry had a “best mate” whose family did have electricity.  On a regular basis, Barry would lug the 30-pound, newly-purchased record player up a steep hill to the friend’s house and would play “Crazy with Love.”  He would play it over and over and over…for as long as the friend – and the friendship – would permit.

The story, of course, has a happy ending.  That first 78, released about 45 years ago, was just the start.  Barry is now not only enjoying Teresa’s music on state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, he has virtually every song that Teresa has ever recorded.  If ever there was an honor roll of Teresa Brewer fans, a top-ten list of her devotees, Barry would be right up there.  He might even be #2 with a bullet! 


In wrapping up this long overdue newsletter, we’d like to thank the aforementioned Norm, Chris, Edmund, Bill, Rob, Roger, Barry, Brian and Drew for their input into this special edition of the Teresa Brewer Newsletter.  And Darryl Meredith, Allan Murray, Jim Stewart, John Gaizick, Tom Stilgenbauer and Pete and Betty Peterson, do you mind if we appreciate you for your continued support over all these many years?

Also, Teresa has asked that greetings and best wishes be sent from her to each of you.  A bit of an update:  Although she still has the apartment high above Central Park in Manhattan, she has been spending more and more time at the family homestead in Westchester County.  There, she can tend to gardening, a hobby that gives her great pleasure.  Best of all, however, is the fact that all of her daughters and most of the grand-children live nearby.  Teresa’s happy and looks terrific!  And, while her health is generally good, let’s all say prayers that it will soon be perfect. 

And, one last thought…  There are those who celebrate life’s better events: births and birthdays, hirings and retirings, Cordon Bleu Napoleon brandy and chunky monkey ice cream, raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, summer wishes and winter dreams.  Others celebrate basking in a wonderful world of skies of blue and clouds of white, seeing groundhogs blink, being blessed by the Pope and knighted by the Queen, and overcoming the heartbreak of psoriasis.  And then there is one who is Celebration in and of herself.  Teresa is tiny but, when she sings, she sings king-size.  Her voice fills our ears and hearts with her wonderful music, music, music -- and always will.  Short she may be but long may she wave.

Best regards,

Bill Munroe
584 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

e-mail: WilliamRMunroe@aol.com

(Please note: Portions of this Teresa Brewer Newsletter have previously appeared on the Internet at the Teresa Brewer Center.)