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Teresa Brewer


Satellite: Teresa Brewer [1958]

There were seemingly numerous 'satellite' songs released in the wake of the October 4, 1957 launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, but this tune is one of the least political. Indeed, the song's love struck narrator uses the spinning orb as an a-political metaphor for romance, not paranoia and fear.

For a more predictably panicky musical reaction to Sputnik, please refer to Ray Anderson and the Homefolks' classic Sputniks And Mutniks.

Teresa Brewer, whose birth name was Teresa Breuer, was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1931 and by the age of two was appearing on radio. From 1938 to 1943 Brewer was a regular performer on 'The Major Bowes' Amateur Hour.' In 1949 the attractive teenager joined London Records and by 1950 had a chart hit with Music! Music! Music! on which she was backed by The Dixieland All-Stars. In 1952 Brewer moved to Coral Records where she recorded the number 1 hit 'Till I Waltz Again With You as well as Ricochet and Jilted. In 1953 Brewer made her first film, 'Those Redheads From Seattle' with Guy Mitchell. Her first international hit was Let Me Go Lover in 1955. Other Brewer sides from this period were A Tear Fell and A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl. As rock 'n' roll encroached on the sales of young MOR artists, Brewer tried recording toned down R&B hits for the white audience such as Tweedle Dee, Pledging My Love and You Send Me. In the early 1960s Brewer dabbled briefly in country before becoming a fixture on the Las Vegas club circuit for many years. In later years Brewer recorded for Philips Records, Signature, Project 3, Doctor Jazz, Red Baron and Amsterdam, a label owned by her husband, producer Bob Thiele. In the 1970s Brewer reinvented herself as a jazz singer, recording the works of Count Basie and Duke Ellington among others. During her heyday Brewer recorded 38 chart hits.

Teresa Brewer died on October 17, 2007 at the age of 76.
Satellite: Teresa Brewer [1958]

I'm spinning around like a satellite
And I can see the sun for the stars
Everyday is as gay as a Saturday night
Or a ride on a rocket to Mars

My love takes the path of a satellite
In an orbit around your heart
Your attraction is something I never could fight
And it's starting to pull me apart

Refrain: I'm sailing above the clouds so high
Like a rocket on the 4th of July
The world looks as small as a polka dot
When compared to the love I've got

I'm spinning around like a satellite
But I'll slow myself down to explain
If you promise to kiss me once more I'll be glad
To get down to earth once again


I'll always behave like a satellite
And the reason's not hard to explain
When I try to recover you kiss me and then
I start spinning all over, spinning all over, just spinning all over again

Teresa Brewer [1958]
(Ted Pandel-Bruce Haack)
Coral 9-62 057



Satellite Baby
Satellite No. 2
Sputnik (Satellite Girl)
Sputnik Baby
Sputnik II
Sputniks and Mutniks

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