Brenda Lee had already chalked up two dozen Top 40 hits by September of '64, generally produced by Decca's main man in Nashville, Owen Bradley, but nothing she'd ever done was anything quite like this. While on tour in England — a tour which included a Royal Command Performance, yet — Brenda met up with record producer Mickie Most, who had scored a major hit with the Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" for EMI. Most got her into the studio, assembled a team of studio pros, and instead of a ballad of the sort she'd been doing for the past couple of years, gave her this bouncy Carter-Lewis number. One of those studio pros was the young Jimmy Page, whose contribution is a biting guitar lick that falls somewhere between staccato and Morse code. "Is It True" was rushed into the stores, and was a fair-sized hit in the US, a bigger one in the UK, but it set no precedents for Brenda's career.
And I would just like to add, this song is too unbelievably good for words.
And if the brilliance of this track hasn't yet made you pass out, then this will do it:
Dutch cover by the too-fabulous Mariska Veres, who would later become the vocalist for Shocking Blue.
From Biet Het Volume 3: From the Kitchen To The Garage. Here are the liner notes on Mariska from this compilation:
Ha! A bit harsh. That's almost as funny as the reference to Mariska's "hard to die" fans on this excellent fansite. Great bio, and 5 pages of photos, including a few fantastic shots of her at her fashion best!