Singer Brenda Holloway
Singer ~ Songwriter

Brenda Holloway

June 21, 1946, Atascadero, CA

One of the sexiest singers on the Motown label, Brenda Holloway was also one of its grittiest, with a strong gospel influence more typical of Southern soul than the company's usual polish. ~ Allmusic: Brenda Holloway ~ retrieved June 28, 2013 © Allmusic

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Her best-known recordings are the soul hits, Every Little Bit Hurts and You've Made Me So Very Happy. The latter, which she co-wrote, was later widely popularized when it became a Top Ten hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears. She left Motown after four years, at the age of 22, and largely retired from the music industry until the 1990s, after her recordings had become popular on the British ‘Northern soul’ scene. ~ Wikipedia: Brenda Holloway ~ retrieved June 28, 2013 © Wikipedia

A 1968 album entitled The Artistry Of Brenda Holloway was released, although the tensions at the label led to Brenda's eventual departure from Motown. She announced her retirement from the music business, and in 1969, Brenda sued Berry Gordy regarding the Blood, Sweat & Tears' cover version of her single, You've Made Me So Very Happy. That version reached number two in the United States that year, and Brenda won her case eventually. ~ Soulwalking: Brenda Holloway ~ retrieved June 28, 2013 © Soulwalking

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