Friday, March 9, 2007

For the First Time, Brenda and Pete - Decca Records

For the First Time, Brenda and Pete

1967 Decca Records DL 74955 Stereo / DL 4955 Mono

Side 1
1. Cabaret
2. There's A Kind Of Hush
3. Basin Street Blues
4. Windy
5. Night And Day

Side 2
1. One Of Those Songs
2. Mood Indigo
3. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
4. The 59th Street Bridge Song
5. Anything Goes
6. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

Liner Notes:

The time was the spring of 1960. The place was historic New Orleans. The occasion was the opening of a brand new night club - The French Quarter Inn.

It was a memorable evening, particularly for PETE FOUNTAIN. This marked the opening of his own club, and a multitude of his friends and fans gathered to pay their respects and wish him well. Seated in the audience was BRENDA LEE, who had a night off during an extensive one-nighter tour and, being a fan of Pete's, had decided to join the well-wishers on this night.

Brenda was introduced to the audience by Pete, and the sustained applause that resulted led to some unrehearsed, on-the-spot singing by her with Pete and his band. Thus began a mutual admiration society, and the friendship and respect each has for the other have grown over the years since their first impromptu duetting in New Orleans - years that have brought great and lasting success individually to these two talented artists. (For the record, Brenda and Pete had never met personally before that night, and it is doubtful that either one of them - or anyone else in attendance - imagined that not too many years later they would join forces in this exciting and unique album.)

Like all good musical weddings, this one contains something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue - each selection is given a rare and brilliant interpretation, faultlessly blending two out-standing individual talents. It was inevitable that Brenda and Pete would finally record such an album, and while it took some years to materialize, the results were more than worth the waiting - and it would be safe to predict that FOR THE FIRST TIME will surely not be the last time!

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