SLOWING THE PACE ...the 1960s
In 1962, Teresa Brewer signed a recording contract with Philips Records, ending her work with Coral. This association produced eight albums over the following four years, including Teresa Brewer's Greatest Hits, a collection of her previous songs re-recorded with the Nashville sound that was popular at the time. During the same time, Teresa released about a dozen singles for Philips.

Teresa continued to make frequent television guest appearances on many of the major talk shows in the early 1960s. She and Tony Bennett were cast to cohost "Perry Presents" -- a New York-based summer replacement show for the Perry Como Saturday night time slot -- in the summer of 1959. Teresa only appeared for the first four weeks of the show. After her departure, other performers -- Jaye P. Morgan, for instance -- filled in for her.

  • TERESA ON "PERRY PRESENTS": "I DID FOUR SHOWS AND CANCELED, AND GOT 'FRONT PAGE'. THEY SAID I WALKED OUT AND I SAID I WAS FIRED. THERE WAS A TUMULT ABOUT WHAT WAS LEGALLY THE BEST THING TO SAY IF YOU WERE FIRED. IT WAS JUST A STUPID MISUNDERSTANDING. I THINK IT WAS STRICTLY AGENCIES INVOLVED, AND BILLING WITH TONY BENNETT - WHO WAS GOING TO GET THEIR NAME FIRST AND THAT KIND OF BUSINESS. SO I SAID, CALL IT 'THE TB SHOW' - WE BOTH HAD THE SAME INITIALS - AND WHO CARES?' WE SANG DUETS, ANYTHING THEY WANTED. I SANG MORE WITH TORME, BUT I ENJOYED WORKING WITH BENNETT. I REALLY DIDN'T WANT THAT SUMMER REPLACEMENT. THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS I DID THAT I DIDN'T WANT TO DO, LIKE THE MOVIE. I ASKED FOR TWICE AS MUCH TO DO THE SUMMER REPLACEMENT SHOW - DOUBLED IT, AND THEY WENT AHEAD WITH IT! EVIDENTLY THEY WEREN'T PAYING ME ANYTHING AT FIRST, AND EVEN DOUBLE, THEY WEREN'T PAYING TOO MUCH. BUT THOSE ARE TWO OF THE THINGS I CAN REMEMBER SAYING, 'OH, THEY'LL NEVER DO IT. TELL 'EM I WANT DOUBLE. THEY'LL NEVER DO IT.' AND THEY CAME BACK AND SAID, 'YOU'VE GOT IT. YOU'VE GOT DOUBLE!'"

Brewer spent the late 1960s almost exclusively with her family, releasing only occasional singles on the ABC Paramount and SSS International labels. She performed only when she wanted to, and even then only at very select engagements.


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