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Sue Thompson
Born:  July 19, 1926
Died:  September 23, 2021
Hoffman Hayride (KGO-TV)

About The Artist

Sue Thompson was born about 1929 on a farm near Nevada, Missouri. When she was a teenager, the family moved to California. Her big break was basically a spur of the moment chance. She was attending one of Dude Martin's dances in San Jose, California. She happened to be standing in front of the bandstand when she got invited to sing a number wiht the band. No one can remember what she sang, but they wouldn't let her off the stage. And the next night, she was performing her magic for the folks up in Redwood City, near San Francisco.

That led to her getting a part on Dude Martin's San Francisco televsion show. Dude Martin knew he had a good talent and got her signed to a contract quickly. And wouldn't you know it, he got her under another type of contract two years later when he married her.

She signed with the Mercury record label and her first record was "Angel's Cry". Then she had a hit wiht "If You Want Some Lovin".

Dude Martin kept his show in San Francisco for about two years more and Sue was with the show. Then Dude decided he wanted to go down to Hollywood and try his luck on television there. And it must have worked for they were one of Hollywood's most popular western shows on KTTV, channel 11, since September 12, 1951 and was still going strong in 1955.

Credits & Sources

  • Cowboy Songs No. 41 (June 1955); American Folk Publications; Inc.; Derby, CT.

Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

Rec. No. Side Song Title
  29314 A Walkin' In The Snow (w/Hank Penny)
  29314 B Come A Little Bit Closer (w/Hank Penny)
  29545 A Your Mommie And Your Daddy
  29545 B Day Dreaming
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  1240 A Big Daddy
  1240 B I'd Like To Know You Better
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  6325 A What'Ve You Got
  6325 B You're Gettin' A Good Thing
  6377 A I'll Hate Myself In The Morning
  6377 B Just Walking Out The Door
  6390 A Junior's A Big Boy Now
  6390 B Tadpole
  6407 A You Belong To Me
  6407 B You're An Angel On Outside
  6416 A Last Night I Heard Somebody Cry
  6416 B Red Hot Henrietta Brown
  70066 A How Many Tears
  70066 B If You Should Change
  70084 A Take Care My Love
  70084 B Things I Might Have Been
  70089 A Say It With Your Heart
  70089 B You And Me
  70152 A I Long To Tell You
  70152 B I'm Not That Kind Of Girl
  70309 A Donna Wanna
  70309 B Gee But I Hate To Go Home Alone