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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B00IIS4N1I
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  3. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) 3:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. (Til) I Kissed Ya 2:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen25. Have a Good Time 3:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen27. James (Hold the Ladder Steady) 2:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Crossover Country/Pop songstress Sue Thompson became an unlikely 'overnight success' in the summer of 1961 when her tongue-in-cheek reading of John D. Loudermilk's idiosyncratic "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)" made the US Top 5 and sold a million copies. Ironically, Thompson was already in her mid-30s and established as a popular live and TV singer, with a ten year recording career for three major record companies behind her. She'd sung the number in a mock-teenaged girl's voice, so consequently when she appeared on TV to promote it, she had to 'dress down' and masquerade as someone fifteen years younger. This compilation anthologises her recordings for the Hickory label in 1961 & 62, which runs to seven singles, six of which were US hits, and two LPs, "Meet Sue Thompson" and "Two of a Kind". In addition to "Sad Movies", she charted with "Norman" (a second consecutive million-seller), "Two of a Kind", "Have a Good Time", "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)" and "Willie Can". Several of her album tracks have never previously appeared on CD, which makes this a genuinely unique package.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2014
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Success was slow to come for Sue, who was in her late thirties when she had all the hits that people remember her for. Those songs were generally lightweight, upbeat songs but they are very enjoyable to listen to.

Sad movies make me cry, Norman, James hold the ladder steady and Paper tiger were her four big pop hits from the early sixties. (Note that as this compilation stops at the end of 1962. it omits Paper tiger.) They were somewhat less successful in Britain, partly because Britain's own Carol Deene (a fine singer destined to remain forever obscure) covered most of Sue's hits and they generally competed against each other.

As well as the four big hits, Sue had top fifty American hits with Have a good time and Two of a kind, both included here.

The collection also includes her first single for Hickory (Angel angel, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) and all the tracks from Sue's first two albums (Meet Sue Thompson, Two of a kind).

Sue's distinctive voice can also be heard on covers of Tonight could be the night, Love me to pieces, 'Til I kissed you, Oh lonesome me and Bonaparte's retreat.
After the pop hits dried up, Sue switched to country music, which was her natural calling anyway. She was modestly successful in that genre for several years, most notably with Big Mable Murphy, but this compilation does not cover those tracks.

This is a complete collection of Sue's music up to the end of 1962, but contains nothing thereafter because her later recordings remain protected under European copyright law. Arguably the strongest collection of Sue's early sixties music yet released on CD is the Ace compilation Suzie:The Hickory Anthology 1961 - 1965, a single CD that covers a further three years of her career and features Big Daddy as well as Paper tiger. However, those two tracks are among just twelve that you won't find on this double CD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. POLLOCK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 May 2014
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Curiosity lead me to this collection by Sue Thompson who enjoyed US hits in the early Sixties with SAD MOVIES (MAKE ME CRY), NORMAN (both UK covered by songstress Carol Deene who reached the lower charts with both numbers) and JAMES HOLD THE LADDER STEADY when she was in her late Thirties after a vocal career which began during the late Forties. Seems both career and private life was somewhat thwarted by dramatic ups and downs but being a survivor, Sue managed to carve a measure of success via stints as a band singer and later various solo record contracts, television shows etc.

This compilation of two complete albums and six singles pertain to Sue’s tenure with Hickory Records during 1961/62 when she landed the above three hits penned by noted songwriter John D. Loudermilk amid a spate of country-pop recordings that appealed to angst-ridden teenagers with her cute breathy youthful sounding voice finding acceptance despite her actual age. MEET SUE THOMPSON (1961) is a collection of the singer’s soft-rock singles; naturally with the inclusion of SAD MOVIES and NORMAN and there’s a touch of Connie Francis in her vocal approach for the ballad, ANGEL ANGEL. However, it's the cute novelty numbers that really appeal and IF YOU DON’T SOMEBODY ELSE WILL and NINE LITTLE TEARDROPS are plus factors along with the familiar OH LONESOME ME, LOVE ME TO PIECES and the Everly’s ‘TIL I KISSED YA.
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i like it VERY much
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Good overview of an early '60s hitmaker 30 May 2014
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
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Sue Thompson
"Sad Movies And Other Tales Of Woe"
(Jasmine, 2014)
. . . .

A generously-programmed, 30-song collection of golden oldies from country-pop star Sue Thompson, who flourished in the same genre-bending, in-between space as '50s/'60s-era singers like Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline, subtly mixing muted, feminine twang with bouncy pop orchestrations. At times she slips into an almost girl-groupish sound, as well as mildly growly rockabilly-tinged material that's reminiscent of Wanda Jackson. Thompson had authentic country cred -- she was married to country swinger Hank Penny, and covered some overtly country material, such as Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me" (and later formed a duo act with Gibson during the early '70s). But perky Kennedy-era teenpop was her real bread and butter, notably with a string of hits written by the up-an-coming John D. Loudermilk, which put her in the Pop Top Ten in 1961, where she slowly coasted down into the Top 40, then the Top 100, and then into a more exclusively country-oriented direction in the 'Seventies. This is a very nice overview of her early work, dipping into both pop and country, including some really nice tracks, and even a few surprises, such as her resonant cover of the Everly Brothers' "Til I Kissed You," as well as her better-known chart hits. If you finally want to check out her work, this disc is a fine option. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
Totally recommended. 28 July 2014
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This is the Sue Thompson one I've been waiting for. Totally recommended.
Five Stars 2 Sept. 2014
By Ben Seres - Published on
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this was a great album
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