Sue Thompson, that after more than a years of modest success as a nation singer discovered pop stardom in the very early 1960s with hook-laden uniqueness hits like “Depressing Flicks (Make Me Cry)” and also “Norman,” died on Thursday at the home of her little girl and also caregiver, Julie Jennings, in Pahrump, Nev.
She was 96. Her son, Greg Cent, claimed the cause was issues of Alzheimer’s disease.With a clear, rather girlish voice that brought sass to humorous ditties however that can additionally be made use of to great impact on a ballad, Ms. Thompson became part of a wave of women singers, like Connie Francis as well as Brenda Lee, that had hits in the late 1950s and early ’60s. Her development came when she was coupled with the songwriter John D. Loudermilk, that created her first success,”Depressing Motion pictures,” a done-me-wrong song regarding a lady that mosts likely to a flick alone when her sweetheart says he needs to work late, only to see him stroll in with her friend on his arm.The track fractured the Leading 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 graph in the autumn of 1961, and also before long she was back in the Leading 10 with an additional Loudermilk tune,”Norman,”in which she transformed that instead unglamorous male name right into an earworm.( “Norman, Norman my love,”Ms. Thompson cooed in the chorus, surrounding the name with oohs as well as hmms.)Mr. Loudermilk likewise created an elopement uniqueness,”James(Hold the Ladder Steady),” which did moderately well for Ms. Thompson in 1962. That year she also revealed what she could do with a ballad, having small success with “Enjoy, “a track, by Boudleaux as well as Felice Bryant, Tony Bennett videotaped a years earlier.The British Invasion soon eclipsed this kind of light fare, but Ms. Thompson had another pop success, in 1964, with Mr. Loudermilk’s” Paper Tiger.”In 1966 she traveled to Vietnam to entertain the troops. Due to the fact that she was gone along with by only a triad, she might most likely to more remote bases than bigger U.S.O. acts, revealing her to better danger. “Tonight we go to Can Tho, a big American air base, “she wrote to her
moms and dads.”You can see the fighting( flashes from guns), listen to the mortars, etc.”” We’re relatively safe and secure the majority of the time,”she proceeded, “but need to realize that things can stand out right in our middle.
“The trip left her shaken.”A heartbreaking– and heartwarming– experience, “she created.” I will certainly never be the same. I saw as well as learned unbelievable things.”
Mr. Penny said that his mom was ill for weeks afterward, and that she long presumed that she had been exposed to Representative Orange
. She underwent a type
of awakening, he said, ending up being a vegan and also developing an interest in spiritual traditions, Eastern along with Western.Despite becoming ill after
the very first trip, she went on other excursions to amuse soldiers, consisting of one the following year on which Mr. Dime, just a boy, accompanied her. They traveled to Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and in other places. Vietnam had actually likewise been on the plan, however that component of the journey never ever occurred.”I keep in mind getting the interaction while we were on the roadway in Okinawa,”Mr. Penny claimed in a phone meeting.”They said it was simply as well unsafe. “When Ms. Thompson went back to carrying out stateside, she likewise returned to c and w, releasing a number of documents– consisting of a string taped with Don Gibson– as well as leaving the little-girl noise of her hits.”I do not wish to be ‘itty bitty’ anymore,” she told The Times of San Mateo, Calif., in 1974. “I intend to project love as well as share a more mature audio and a more purposeful message. “Country music, she stated, was a better automobile for that because”country fans pay even more interest to what is being stated in a song.”Eva Sue McKee (she picked her stage name out of a telephone directory)was born on July 19, 1925,
in Nevada, Mo. Her father, Vurl, was a worker, as well as her mom, Pearl Ova (Area) McKee, was a nurse. In 1937, throughout the Anxiety, her moms and dads relocated to California to run away the Dirt Dish, clearing up north of Sacramento. When she remained in senior high school the family moved once more, to San Jose.As a youngster Ms. Thompson was enchanted by Gene Autry, as well as she matured visualizing herself as a singing cowgirl. Her mom located her a previously owned guitar for her 7th birthday, and also she executed at every possibility as she experienced high school.In 1944 she married Tom Gamboa, and also while he fought in World War II, she had their child, Ms. Jennings. She additionally worked in a protection manufacturing facility, Mr. Penny said.Her wartime marriage ended in divorce in 1947,
yet her singing career soon began in earnest. Ms. Thompson won an ability show at a San Jose cinema, which caused looks on local radio and also tv programs, including those of Guy Martin, a radio star in the Bay Area that had a Western swing band, Man Martin’s Roundup Gang.In the very early 1950s she became the prima donna on a TELEVISION show that Mr. Martin had actually introduced in the Los Angeles market, as well as she cut a number of documents with atrioventricular bundle, including, in 1952, among the initial
variations of the ballad” You Belong to Me.”Later on that year it became a hit for Jo Stafford, as well as in the 1960s it was covered by the Duprees.Ms. Thompson and also Mr. Martin married in December 1952, however they divorced a year later, and also Ms. Thompson quickly married an additional Western swing star with his own neighborhood TV show, Hank Penny. That marriage ended in divorce in 1963, but both remained to carry out together sometimes for decades.The country records Ms. Thompson made on the Mercury tag in the 1950s never ever got much traction, however that altered when she signed with Hickory early in 1961. “Angel, Angel,”one more ballad by the Bryants, garnered some focus– Signboard contrasted it to the Brenda Lee hit “I Intend to Be Wanted “– and then came”Depressing Flicks.
“That development hit was something of an accident. In a 2010 meeting on the South Australian radio show”The Doo Wop Corner,”Ms. Thompson claimed she recorded it just after another vocalist had actually decided not to.” I acquired the track, “she stated,”and also I was truly delighted and also excited when it turned out to be such a hit for me
.”Also prior to her pop hits Ms. Thompson was an acquainted sight on phases in Nashville as well as Nevada along with on the country fair circuit, as well as the hits made her much more in demand in Las vega, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Nev., and also elsewhere. Gravitating between country as well as pop came conveniently. “Many popular songs actually are country-and-western tracks with a modern-day instrumental background, “she told The Reno Gazette-Journal in 1963. Ms. Thompson stated her favorite among the songs she taped was “You Belong to Me. “Regarding a decade earlier, when she was in her 80s, Greg Penny, a record producer who has actually collaborated with Elton John and various other top celebrities, tape-recorded her vocal singing the song to a guitar enhancement. Carmen Kaye, host of “The Doo Wop Edge,”
gave the trial its radio best during the 2010 interview, Ms. Thompson still sounding sweet and also clear.Her fourth spouse, Ted Serna, whom she had recognized in secondary school as well as married in 1993, died in 2013. In addition to Ms. Jennings and Mr. Dime, she is made it through by eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Ms. Jennings, in a phone meeting, outlined a time when her mom, on scenic tour in Vietnam, asked to check out soldiers in the infirmary that could not involve her performance. One badly damaged boy, when presented to her, said, “I do not provide a darn that’s here; I simply desire my mother.” Ms. Thompson sat with him for a long while, asking everything about his mother, assisting him conjure excellent memories.” 3 years later on,”Ms. Jennings stated, “my mommy was operating in Hawaii, and also he brought his mom in there and also presented her to my mama.”