Chanteuse Country US née Molly Beechwood, le 18 Août 1939 à Oklahoma City (Oklahoma). Sa famille part à Beltbuckle (Tennessee), puis à tuckson (Arizona), durant les années 40. Elle débute à 10 ans en chantant "Lovesick Blues" pour Rex Allen, qui l'engage dans son émission radio. A 13 ans, elle signe avec Capitol Records et devient la vedette de l'émission télévisée enfantine Pinky Lee Show, qu' e quitte en 1954 pour rejoindre le Tennessee Ernie Ford Show. Elle passe ensuite régulièrement dans le Hometown Jamboree de Cliffie Stone. Un moment petite amie d'Elvis Presley, elle sera mariée cinq fois, dont dix ans avec le chanteur Country Ira Allen. Surnommée la "Zsa Zsa Gabor de la Country", elle sombre dans la drogue et l'alcool et aura du mal à en sortir. Son plus gros tube fut "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" en 1952. Elle a tourné dans Summer Love (1957), Chartroose Caboose (1960), The Young Swingers (1963), Corrall Cuties et Going Steady et a enregistré chez Granitie, Capitol, MGM, Liberty, Coral et Dot Records. Ses titres les plus Rock 'n' Roll sont Sweet Shoppe Sweetheart et sa reprise de Since I Met You Baby, tous deux en 1956. Molly Bee est décédée le 7 Février 2009 à Oceanside (Californie).

Molly Bee had several hits in the early '60s, crafting a showy stage persona, ideal for clubs. Raised in Beltbuckle, TN, Bee didn't begin singing until her family moved to Tucson, AZ. Even then, she started her singing career much earlier than most — she was ten years old when she gained the attention of Rex Allen, the singing cowboy. Bee's mother took her to see the singer at a local concert, where she had her daughter sing for him. Impressed with her performance of "Lovesick Blues," Allen had the child sing on his radio show shortly afterward. A year later, her family moved to Hollywood, where she became a regular on Hometown Jamboree, a Los Angeles-based television show run by Cliffie Stone. Bee sang on the Jamboree throughout her teens, gaining a large following of fans; she was so popular, the program was occasionally called the "Molly Bee Show." During this time, she was also a regular on The Pinky Lee Show, appearing on the television program for three years.
When she was 13, Bee signed with Capitol Records, releasing her first single, "Tennessee Tango." However, it was "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," released late in 1952, that was her first major success. In 1953, she recorded "Don't Start Courtin' in a Hot Rod Ford," a duo with Tennessee Ernie Ford. The following year, she left Pinky Lee's show for Ford's daytime television show. Bee's career continued to grow, as she had more hit singles — including "Young Romance," "Don't Look Back," and "5 Points of a Star" — and appeared on a variety of television shows. By the late '50s, her live shows were drawing large, record-breaking crowds.
In the early '60s, Bee began to move her talents to other areas, acting in several musical plays (The Boy Friend, Finian's Rainbow, Paint Your Wagon) and movies (Chartreuse Caboose, The Young Swingers), as well as becoming a fixture in Las Vegas. However, her recording career began to decline after she signed to Liberty Records in 1962. After two unsuccessful years there, she moved to MGM in 1965, releasing the It's Great...It's Molly Bee album. Bee found her greatest success at MGM the following year with "Losing You"/"Miserable Me."
By the late '60s, Bee had fallen prey to drug addiction and had to take several years off the road as she rebuilt her life. She re-emerged in 1975 with Good Golly Ms. Molly, this time on Cliffie Stone's Granite record label. Her comeback was successful, producing two charting singles: "She Kept on Talking" and "Right or Left at Oak Street." In 1982, she released her final album, Sounds Fine to Me, which failed to match the performance of Good Golly, although she remained a popular concert draw. Molly Bee died on February 7, 2009 in Oceanside (California).

Talents : Singer, Yodeler, Dancer, Actress

Style musical : Traditional Country, Country-Pop, Rockabilly, Country Boogie

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SWEET SHOPPE SWEETHEART (1956)

SINGLE GIRL AGAIN (1965)

I GOT A MAN (1975)

TEXAS HILLS (1975)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t., Singles & EP

10/1952 78 t. CAPITOL 2258 (US)  . Kids Who Pay / Tennessee Tango
10/1952 SP CAPITOL F2258 (US) . Kids Who Pay / Tennessee Tango
11/1952 78 t. CAPITOL 2285 (US)  . Willy Claus / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
11/1952 SP CAPITOL F2285 (US) . Willy Claus / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
01/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2339 (US)  . Nobody's Lonesome For Me / Honky Tonk Mountain
01/1953 SP CAPITOL F2339 (US) . Nobody's Lonesome For Me / Honky Tonk Mountain
03/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2396 (US)  . What'll He Do / Dancing With Someone
03/1953 SP CAPITOL F2396 (US) . What'll He Do / Dancing With Someone
05/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2473 (US)  . Don't Start Courtin' In A Hot Rod (Tennessee ERNIE) / We're A-Growing Up (Molly BEE)
05/1953 SP CAPITOL F2473 (US) . Don't Start Courtin' In A Hot Rod (Tennessee ERNIE) / We're A-Growing Up (Molly BEE)
06/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2494 (US)  . Doggie On The Highway / I'll Tell My Mommy
06/1953 SP CAPITOL F2494 (US) . Doggie On The Highway / I'll Tell My Mommy
08/1953 78 t. CAPITOL 2567 (US) . God Bless Us All / This Is My Day
08/1953 SP CAPITOL F2567 (US) . God Bless Us All / This Is My Day
02/1954 78 t. CAPITOL 2741 (US) . Remember Me / Pine Tree Pine Over Me
02/1954 SP CAPITOL F2741 (US) . Remember Me / Pine Tree Pine Over Me
04/1954 78 t. CAPITOL 2790 (US) . Sloffy / In The Pyrenees
04/1954 SP CAPITOL F2790 (US) . Sloffy / In The Pyrenees
1954 SP CAPITOL F32131 (US) MOLLY BEE SINGS - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Where Did My Snowman Go?
02/1955 78 t. CORAL 61357 (US) . I Won't Grow Up / False Alarm
02/1955 SP CORAL 9-61357 (US) . I Won't Grow Up / False Alarm
02/1956 78 t. CORAL 61580(US) . Young And Naive / Fair Weather Fellow
02/1956 SP CORAL 9-61580 (US) . Young And Naive / Fair Weather Fellow
03/1956 78 t. DOT 15453 (US) . Sweet Shoppe Sweetheart / From The Wrong Side Of Town
03/1956 SP DOT 45-15453 (US) . Sweet Shoppe Sweetheart / From The Wrong Side Of Town
11/1956 SP DOT 45-15517 (US) . Since I Met You Baby / I'll Be Waiting For You
12/1957 SP CAPITOL F3865 (US) . Goin' Steady With A Dream / Magic Mirror
04/1958 SP CAPITOL F3968 (US) . Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone / Don't Look Back
09/1958 SP CAPITOL F4064 (US) . After You've Gone / Five Points Of A Star
1958 SP CAPITOL PRO 795 (US) (promo) INTRODUCING MOLLY BEE - Candy Kisses / Cheatin' On Me
1958 EP CAPITOL EAP-1-1097 (US) YOUNG ROMANCE
04/1962 SP LIBERTY 55438 (US) . Just For The Record / Lyin' Again
01/1963 SP LIBERTY 55543 (US) . All My Love All My Life / She's New To You
04/1963 SP LIBERTY 55569 (US) . I Was Only Kiddin' / He's My True Love
09/1963 SP LIBERTY F-55631 (US) . Some Tears Fall Dry / Johnny Liar
1963 EP LIBERTY LEP 2176 (F) He Doesn't Want You - He Doesn't Want You / Our Secret / Johnny Liar / Soome Tears Fall Dry
03/1964 SP LIBERTY F-55691 (US) . Our Secret / He Doesn't Want You
05/1965 SP MGM K 13356 (US) Keep It A Secret / Single Girl Again
10/1965 SP MGM K 13411 (US) . I'm Gonna Change Everything / Together Again
04/1966 SP MGM K 13491 (US) . Losing You / Miserable Me
06/1966 SP MGM K 13537 (US) . How's World Treating You / It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'
11/1966 SP MGM K 13615 (US) . Everything But Your Name / World I Can't Live In
02/1967 SP MGM K 13694 (US) . Heartbreak USA / Almost Persuaded
07/1967 SP MGM K 13770 (US) . You Win Again / I Hate To See Me Go
12/1967 SP MGM K 13864 (US) . Fresh Out Of Tryin' / Sinner's Wine
09/1974 SP GRANITE G 509 (US) . She Kept On Talkin' / Baby You Got It
01/1975 SP GRANITE G 515 (US) . Right Off Left At Oak Street / I Got A Man
1975 SP GRANITE G 524 (US) . California Country / ?
1975 SP GRANITE G 531 (US) . I Can't Live In The Dark Anymore / ?

Albums

1958 LP 12" CAPITOL T 1097 (US) YOUNG ROMANCE - To Be Or Not To Be In Love / (I Wanna Go Where You Go) Then I'll Be Happy / Honey I'm In Love With You / Why Don't We Do This More Often / Candy Kisses / What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasin' You / Cheatin' On Me / Blue Again / You Try Somebody Else / I Get Along Without You Very Well / It's Been A Long Long Time / Glory Of Love
1965 LP 12" MGM E 4303 (mono) / SE 4303 (stereo) (US) IT'S GREAT IT'S MOLLY BEE - I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again / How's The World Treating You / Once A Day / Together Again / Oh Lonesome Me / Keep It A Secret / I'm Gonna Change Everything / Lonely Street / Invisible Tears / Let It Be Me / It Keeps Right On A Hurtin' / You Don't Know Me
1967 LP 12" MGM E 4423 (mono) / SE 4423 (stereo) (US) SWINGIN' COUNTRY - How's The World Treating You / World I Can't Live In / You Win Again / Mirrors Don't Lie / If Things Don't Start Picking Up / Heartbreak USA / Everything But Your Name / Don't Touch Me / I Hate To See Me Go / Almost Persuaded / You Ain't Woman Enough / Bayou Joe
1975 LP 12" GRANITE GS 1003 (US) GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY - I Got A Man / So Much To Remember / Texas Hills / Cheatin' Is A Very Long Game / Big Daddy's Gonna Bring It On Home To Mama / Let Me Call You Baby Tonight / California Country / Make Love To Me / She Kept On Talkin' / Right Or Left At Oak Street / Baby You Got It
1982 LP 12" SUN JAY SJA 7901 (US) SOUNDS FINE TO ME - Texas Hills / Cheatin' Is A Very Long Game / Let Me Call You Baby Tonight / California Country / Make Love To Me / She Kept On Talkin' / Right Or Left At Oak Street / Baby You Got It
19?? LP 12" GLOBE AG-8210 (US) TEXAS HILLS

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