by Larry Williams
It is an honor above measure that Brenda Lee has agreed to write the Afterword for my upcoming book – Develop Your B-Sides. The Afterword is the “concluding statement” or “final thoughts” about the book and offers a postscript to its content. On Thursday March 27, 2014 – Brenda personally contacted me to discuss the book. We shared a great conversation as we discussed the subject matter of the book and her career.
In 1960, at age 15, Brenda Lee had one of the most famous B-Side hit records of all time. Her song “I’m Sorry” climbed the charts straight to #1 and became her signature song. As we reminisced about her career, I said, “I read somewhere that you toured with the Beatles back in the day!” She replied, “oh yes, that was on my first European tour. The Beatles were my opening act!” Needless to say, I almost dropped the phone. Wow!!! How many people can say the Beatles actually opened for them?
Brenda Lee was one of the biggest recording artists of all time. Just take a look at this condensed version of her resume.
Brenda Lee is a legendary recording artist with multiple gold and platinum records to her credit. She is best known for her hits “Sweet Nothin’s”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and, “I’m Sorry” – her signature song and #1 B-Side hit. In the 1960’s, she had 47 U.S. chart hits and is ranked 4th in that decade – surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Ray Charles. She is a member of the Rock & Roll, Country Music, Hit Parade and Rockabilly Halls of Fame. She has also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She continues to perform to sold-out audiences around the world.
My book, Develop Your B-Sides, takes you on a musical journey of discovery that will find you adapting marketing lessons used for years by the music industry – and applying these strategies to enhance your personal and professional development. In essence, you will be taking what you know and love about music and using this universal language to improve your skills. What could be better than that? It will be a game-changer.
I am honored to have one of the biggest B-Side artists in history embrace and endorse this unique book. It is a dream come true. Thank you, Brenda Lee!
Look for this book on paperback and on Kindle – available on June 1, 2014.