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“Mama Sure Could Swing a Deal”: Teresa Brewer Catches Fire w/ Oily Rags

Teresa Brewer‘s extensive recording career (which encompassed nearly 600 song titles) ran the gamut – from pop and novelty to rhythm & blues to country, musicals and, in the latter part of her career, jazz.  And yes, you can even add rock to that list – as evidenced  by “Mama Sure Could Swing a Deal,” a song from her 1973 album, In London with Oily Rags, on the Flying Dutchman label.

“Mama Sure Could Swing a Deal”     Teresa Brewer     1973

Oily Rags is the stage name for musical duo, Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock, who are joined by a bassist and drummer, two percussionists, three guitarists (including Pete Frampton), an electric keyboardist, and a 6-piece horn section on this track.

Curious to note that in 1973 Teresa Brewer also released 3 singles on the Flying Dutchman label – however, none of those sides duplicated any tracks from her album with Oily Rags.

“Mama Could Swing a Deal” written by Albert Hammond & Mike (not Lee) Hazlewood

Teresa Brewer LP-x

One Response

  1. Mama sure could swing a deal… interesting to see a different version of this.. i know it by 2 other artists .. u list Teresa Brewer.
    it was written with Mike Hazlewood. no relation to Lee.
    i’m not sure why (lots of ) websites get this mixed up. cheers

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