Sue Thompson (b. July 19, 1925) is a pop and country singer known for her distinctive sweet, youthful-sounding vocals who became famous in the early 1960s. Born Eva Sue McKee in Nevada, Missouri, she was singing and playing the guitar on stage by age 7. During the early 1950s, she worked with bandleader and Los Angeles-area radio/TV host Dude Martin, appearing regularly on his country music entertainment show. She also began recording solo for Mercury and other labels before signing with Hickory Records in 1960.
Thompson made her debut in 1961 with the John D. Loudermilk-penned novelty tearjerker, "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)," which topped the Adult Contemporary chart, made the Pop/Rock Top 5, and soon after went gold. This smash was followed later that year by the chipper "Norman," another novelty tune written by Loudermilk that also became a Top 5 Pop/Rock hit and a million-seller. Thompson also had top hits with two other Loudermilk songs: "James (Hold The Ladder Steady)" (1962) and "Paper Tiger" (1965). Other hits from the early-mid 1960s included "Two Of A Kind" (1962), "Have A Good Time" (1962), "Willie Can" (1963), and "Put It Back (Where You Found It)" (1966).
At the peak of her commercial fame in the 1960s as a pop artist, Sue Thompson made a number of TV appearances on such shows as "American Bandstand," "The Buddy Deane Show," "The Lloyd Thaxton Show," and "Where The Action Is." Years later, she became a popular country singer and debuted on the Country charts in 1971 with "The Two Of Us," the first of many duets with country great Don Gibson that also included "I Think They Call It Love" (1972), "Good Old Fashioned Country Love" (1974), and "Oh, How Love Changes" (1975). Her solo Country chart hits included "Candy and Roses" (1972), "Big Mable Murphy" (1975), and "Never Naughty Rosie" (1976).
- An IMDB reviewer remembers Sue Thompson as "a sweet young lady with a beautiful voice" who was a regular on "The Dude Martin Show" ca. early 1950s.
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- Have A Good Time 1962
- James (Hold The Ladder Steady) 1962
- Norman 1961
- Paper Tiger 1965
- Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) 1961
(This song, which was written by John D. Loudermilk, also became a hit for the Lennon Sisters (1961).)
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