Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Every Little Bit Hurts...
Described by author Nelson George as "the most beautiful woman ever signed to Motown," Brenda Holloway is remembered not only for her stunning looks but also for a sweetly soulful singing style.
Brenda caught the eye of Berry Gordy in 1964 while singing along to a Mary Wells track at a disc jockey convention in California and became the first West Coast artist to sign to Motown. Her firs single Every Little bit Hurts was also her biggest hit and landed her a support slot on The Beatles 1965 US tour.
Brenda had an early retirement from The Biz at the ripe old age of 22. She did thankfully return to recording in the early 80's when she released a gospel album after spending the best part of 20 years in the church. She then went on to record some material for Ian Levine's Motorcity label in the late 80's as she had always remained in the hearts of fans of the Northern Soul scene in the U.K.
Brenda Holloway was one of the best and perhaps most under-rated female vocalists ever to record for Motown. Hard to believe she was only 17 when she recorded her first single for Motown.
Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts