Brenda Holloway

Genres: R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Soundtrack
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Decades: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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21 June 1946, Atascadero, California, USA. Holloway began her recording career with three small Los Angeles labels, Donna, Catch and Minasa, in the early 60s, recording under the aegis of producer Hal Davis. In 1964, Holloway made an impromptu performance at a disc jockeys’ convention in California, where she was spotted by a Motown Records talent scout. She signed to the label later that year, becoming its first west coast artist. Her initial Tamla single, ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’, established her bluesy soul style, and was quickly covered by the Spencer Davis Group in Britain. She enjoyed further success in 1964 with ‘I’ll Always Love You’, and the following year with ‘When I’m Gone’ and ‘Operator’. Her consistent record sales led to her winning a place on the Beatles’ 1965 US tour, but subsequent Tamla singles proved less successful. Holloway began to devote increasing time to her songwriting, forming...

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