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Suzie:The Hickory Anthology 1961 - 1965 CD

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  • Audio CD (24 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000TCOFK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Angel, Angel
  2. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)
  3. Norman
  4. Tonight (Could Be The Night)
  5. Never Love Again
  6. Love Me To Pieces
  7. (‘Til) I Kissed You
  8. Oh Lonesome Me
  9. Have A Good Time
  10. James (Hold The Ladder Steady)
  11. If The Boy Only Knew
  12. Bonaparte's Retreat
  13. Two Of A Kind
  14. Sob Sister
  15. Suzie
  16. What's Wrong, Bill?
  17. True Confession
  18. I Like Your Kind Of Love
  19. It's Twelve Thirty Five
  20. Big Daddy
  21. Looking For A Good Boy
  22. Bad Boy
  23. Sweet Hunk Of Misery
  24. Walkin' My Baby
  25. It's Break Up Time
  26. Paper Tiger

Product Description

Product Description

Sue Thompson - Suzie:The Hickory Anthology 1961-65. Before Brenda Lee took over as the Queen Of Nashville Pop, Sue Thompson forged an estimable run of Billboard and Cashbox chart hits, mostly penned by Music City songwriting legends John D Loudermilk and/or husband and wife team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. All are featured in this collection, along with the best of her album cuts and later 45s – several of which are now highly prized by collectors of girl group recordings. Although not as big in the UK (where all of her hits were covered by local singer Carol Deene) as she was in the US and Europe; Suzie is well remembered here for her big pirate radio hit ‘Paper Tiger’, and for her visits here in the 70s after she had reinvented and established herself as a solid country singer. Still an active performer in her 70s, Ms Thompson has been interviewed by girl group aficionado Malcolm Baumgart, for which she has given her full support to this first-ever UK CD release of her Hickory classics. Her fans will welcome the opportunity to get 26 of her choicest cuts in what is the most complete anthology yet of this early 60s US chartbuster.

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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. 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. Willie can, a very minor American pop hit for Sue, is omitted but I've heard other versions of this song and I can understand why it was omitted. Ace records wisely chose to include other songs that stand the test of time much better.
The collection also includes her first single for Hickory (Angel angel, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) and the three singles that followed Paper tiger (Sweet honk of misery, Walking my baby, It's break up time), none of which charted. In between, there were other failed singles, best of which may be It's twelve thirty five, which was written (like many of Sue's big hits) by John D Loudermilk.

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.
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It was nearly 10 years before Sue Thompson had a chart record but in 1953 she cut the original version of You belong to me,recorded with Tennessee Ernie Ford and signed with Mercury
Though she never made the country charts till the 70s the hits came once she'd found herself embroiled in high school pop and which this CD concentrates on.
Older than her wonderfully childish voice suggested and defintely older than her audience she went along with it and even had a hit single in the U K with the later Paper Tiger
Her 2nd,3rd and 5th singles were covered by Carol Deene who was actually here to promote them but in the States Sad Movies had a cover by the Lennon Sisters
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easy to listen to and enjoyable because the singing and the sounds don't break your ear drums like most modern music
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Only bought this for one track (paper tiger) the rest are just very average songs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best compilation of her early sixties music 13 Oct. 2004
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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. 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. Willie can, a very minor American pop hit for Sue, is omitted but I've heard other versions of this song and I can understand why it was omitted. Ace records wisely chose to include other songs that stand the test of time much better.
The collection also includes her first single for Hickory (Angel angel, written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant) and the three singles that followed Paper tiger (Sweet honk of misery, Walking my baby, It's break up time), none of which charted. In between, there were other failed singles, best of which may be It's twelve thirty five, which was written (like many of Sue's big hits) by John D Loudermilk.

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 arguably the strongest collection of Sue's early sixties music yet released on CD, but Jasmine have released a more comprehensive collection Sad Movies And Other Tales Of Woe that contains everything that Sue recorded for Hickory up to the end of 1962, stopping there because her later recordings remain protected under European copyright law.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tell Them "Willie Can" is Missing 19 April 2009
By Superboy Forever - Published on Amazon.com
As a fan of both Sue Thompson and Ace Records, I was very disappointed when I saw the track list for this product. Every one of her singles from 61-65 were included, EXCEPT "Willie Can"!.

People from Ace, if you are reading this, why is this song missing?
This is not a complete collection from this time period.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a Goodie 21 Mar. 2011
By Dancer58 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great CD to take you way back when. The sound is crystal and Sue Thompson's voice reminds of times when life was only as bad as your latest broken heart. Highly recommend for all nostalgia buffs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Aug. 2016
By waw5114 - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice to have these songs on CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 31 July 2013
By Brent Tyler - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent just what i have been chasing for a very long time as unable to acquire down here in australia
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