Singer had hits in 1950s


October 19, 2007

TERESA BREWER, 76 Singer had hits in 1950s

Singer Teresa Brewer, who topped the charts in the 1950s with such hits as "Till I Waltz Again with You" and performed with jazz legends Count Basie and Duke Ellington, died Wednesday. She was 76.

She died at her home in New Rochelle of a neuromuscular disease, said family spokesman Bill Munroe.

Ms. Brewer had scores of hits in the 1950s and a burgeoning film career but pared down her public life to raise her children. She re-emerged a decade later to perform with jazz greats Mr. Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.

She had close to 40 songs that topped the charts, Mr. Munroe said, including "Dancin' with Someone," "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall," "Ricochet" and "Let Me Go Lover."

During her decades-long career, Brewer performed on television with Mel Torme, sang with Tony Bennett and was guest host of several variety shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show.

She was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1931, and her mother took her to her first audition at age 2, for the radio show Uncle August's Kiddie Show. Brewer sang "Take Me Out to The Ball Game," and performed on the show for pay consisting of cupcakes and cookies from the show's sponsor.

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