1965 Brenda Lee – Too Many Rivers
Brenda Lee began charting on the Hot 100 in 1959 when she was only fifteen years old. She had one or more top ten singles every year until the Beatles led the British Invasion in 1964. Her best showing that year was the single Think that peaked at only #25 that year.
Her career seemed to hit bottom the next year when the song No One spent one week at #98 and then dropped off the chart. Fortunately for her career, disk jockeys turned the record over and started playing the B-side, Too Many Rivers. That side of the single bubbled up to #13 on the Hot 100 and even reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Brenda only reached the top forty on the Hot 100 twice more after Too Many Rivers.
Despite the clear Nashville sound of Brenda’s music in the fifties and sixties, her records never reached the Country charts until 1971. She found a second career as a successful Country singer beginning with six consecutive top ten Country Hits in 1973.
Brenda’s most durable recording is almost certainly a song she first recorded in 1958: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree. In recent years, the song has reached the current Hot 100 in December ranking right behind Mariah Carey’s recording with the most successful record of all time (which has fallen off the charts and returned to #1 in multiple years).
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