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Sue Thompson
"Sad Movies And Other Tales Of Woe"

© Jasmine Records

Year of Release: 2014

track listing
  • Angel Angel
  • Throwin' Kisses
  • Sad Movies
    (Make Me Cry)
  • Nine Little Teardrops
  • Norman
  • Never Love Again
  • Oh Lonesome Me
  • Tonight
    (Could Be
    The Night)
  • Love Me To Pieces
  • (Till) I Kissed Ya
  • Give Myself A Party
  • If You Don't
    Someobdy Else Will
  • Two Of A Kind
  • It Has To Be
  • Mama Don't Cry
    At My Wedding
  • He's Back
  • I Can't Stop Loving You
  • Bonaparte's Retreat
  • Jealous Heart

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    "Sad Movies And Other Tales Of Woe"

    Sue Thompson just may not have been a household name in music, but for Adult Contempoary fans, she had a #1 hit in the year 1961, for one week: "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)." Jasmine Records, a record company that releases original recordings of many artists, collected 30 songs from Thompson's career, from 1961 to 1962. Her music was classified either as early Rock & Roll/Pop, or Country. Comparing to the early Rock & Roll Pop of Connie Francis, many would think that her biggest hit "Sad Movies" was recorded by Connie. Her style fitted the era of the early Rock & Roll. And by listening to this 30-track set, it's a wonder that she could have easily been ranked up with the likes of Connie Francis, and the early females that would have hit records in the late 1950s/early 1960s. (Some would even classify Connie Francis as both early Rock & Roll and Country. Sue Thompaon was classified just the same.) And to mention another popular female artist from this era, would be Brenda Lee. The upbeat Pop-styled songs would be compared to Brenda, and the slower ones to Connie. (Although some of the upbeat ones would be compared to both.)

    There isn't one bad song on this compilation -- Alot is compared to either Connie Francis and/or Brenda Lee. Opening with "Angel Angel" it's definitely Connie Francis'ish, and a great song. The early years of Rock & Roll gets these: "Throwin' Kisses," "Nine Little Teardrops," "Norman" (which was another big hit for Sue), "He's Back" is a tune that you could imagine Elvis Presley singing at the time. Upbeat tunes (as if Brenda Lee could sing) - "If You Don't Someone Else Will," and "Big Daddy" stands out as a true early Rock & Roll'er.

    For the slow Pop numbers, they are all exceptional. And Connie Francis would be proud: "Never Love Again," "Two Of A Kind," "Mama Don't Cry At My Wedding," "Afraid," "Have A Good Time" (more of a slower musical sound), "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)" (Connie and even Doris Day-sounding). For either Connie or Brenda: "Bonaparte's Retreat," "Jealous Heart," "Too Much In Love." Brenda: "Love Me To Pieces."

    Now others for the Rock & Rollers: "Tonight (Could Be The Night)" has a similar sound to Johnny Burnette's "Dreamin'" "(Till) I Kissed Ya" is the Everly Brothers cover, and speaking of, "That's Just Too Much" was written by the Everlys, and it has the Connie Francis style. "It Has To Be" is definitely Rock & Roll, as it was written by Country legend Don Gibson. More on the Pop side has "Give Myself A Party." Other Gibson-penned tunes: "Oh Lonesome Me" (sounding more Pop than Country), and "I Can't Stop Loving You" (most popular by Ray Charles). Rock & Roll: "Big Daddy," "If The Boy Only Knew," "James (Hold The Ladder Straight)" (this one is catchy); Early Rock & Roll, and groovin': "My Hero," and "Willie Can."

    Sue Thompson would focus more on Country music after 1963, and in the 1970s decade. And from that, she recorded with Don Gibson. They appeared together on the albums The Two Of Us Together (1972), and Oh, How Love Changes (1975). Her last recorded album was in 1975. Her singles continued, throughout the years 1963 to 1976. She performed in Las Vegas in the 1990s decade. She now periodically performs today, as she is still alive, at the age of 93.

    Sue Thompson's music is worth looking into. There are other compilations of her music, mostly from her 1960s years. Jasmine Records has always released ORIGINAL recordings of many artists, mostly from the 1950s and 1960s decades. Sue Thompson's last major hit from these decades was "Paper Tiger" (which was not on this particular compilation.) For the early years of Rock and Pop music, Sue Thompson's recordings will be enjoyed. She may not have been as quite popular as Connie or Brenda, but her music is very enjoyable, for the fans of Oldies music, and early Rock & Roll in general.

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