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Teresa Brewer, Pop and Jazz Singer, Dies at 76

Teresa Brewer, a singer whose career began with a string of pop hits in the 1950s and who later graduated to jazz, died in her New Rochelle, New York home on October 17th of a neuromuscular disease. Brewer, best known for her 1950 chart-topper “Music! Music! Music!,” was 76.

Born Theresa Breuer in Toledo, Ohio in 1931, Brewer first sang publicly at age 2, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on a radio program. Three years later she won a contest singing on the Major Bower Amateur Hour radio show and toured with the show until age 12. She moved to New York and began recording for the London label in 1949. “Music! Music! Music!” came the following year, and stayed at number one for four weeks. Switching to the Coral label, she scored her biggest career hit in early 1953 with “Till I Waltz Again with You.” Brewer’s other ’50s hits included “Let Me Go, Lover,” “A Tear Fell,” “A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl” and, in 1957, “You Send Me,” a cover of a Sam Cooke hit. In 1953 she starred in the film Those Redheads from Seattle. That same year she co-starred with Mel Torme on a TV variety program, Summertime USA.

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