"I did this with Jimmy Elledge in 1962; (it got up to #22). (He had bought the song outright from Willie
Nelson for $500 when Willie was scuffling and needed cash...Willie bought it back from him later...) I played
the simple little guitar line. (We cut it at Sam Phillips "Sun Records" studio!... I was 17 at the time.)"
"That's Jessie Lopez on tenor sax) The "B"-side got some airplay too, 'Boys Don't Cry'"
We got airplay on both sides, but "Firewater" was considered the "A"-side... (The "B"-side was "Slippery When Wet")
"The instrumental side, "Earthy", was played quite a bit in 1964, with KBOX using it as an instrumental lead-in to
the news at the top of the hour. The flip-side was a re-make of the Gary U.S. Bonds song, 'New Orleans'."
"In 1964 "The Continentals" recorded two songs, but I can't remember if either of them got any airplay. If it did,
"Gonna Put You Down" was probably the one."
"I have two versions of this...One was an earlier mix without all of the "Phil Spector 'Wall of Sound'" production,
and then the final mix. I'll send you the final, since that's what everybody remembers. he had a couple of other
good tracks that came from that session, "Bethneal Green", "Another Year", "Big Mouth Man", "Five Will Get You
Ten"... But "Poor Kid" was the "hit".."
"That's Robert Patton on lead vocals & rhythm guitar; Tommy Carter, bass; Tom Carrigan, drums; me, lead guitar.
We cut it somewhere in Fort Worth, and it was interesting that night because that was the same night the Ron-Dels
cut "If You Really Want Me To I'll Go", which was a HUGE hit regionally. The "Del" of the "Ron-Dels" was Delbert
McClinton, so he was there that evening in the other studio, but he hadn't "made the big-time" yet."
"We cut this for the movie about the Texas Rock Festival that was made in 1969. It was supposed to be either the
end-title or opening-title music; (I was never sure, because I never got to see the movie.) The producers asked for
something "a LOT like the Crosby/Stills/Nash 'Woodstock'" song that was used on the Woodstock movie. I think it
captures it pretty well. It even has the fast/slow/fast feel of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes". played the lead-guitar parts,
but I can't remember the rest of the folks. It was pretty much a throw-together studio-session, so it wasn't like we
gigged together at all... ...was on a 1/4" reel-tape in my garage for 40 years..."
Brandy Herbert is one of the nation's finest guitarists,
gracing the music of Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton,
Sammy Davis, Jr., Patti Page, Kay Starr, David "Fathead"
Newman, Chuck Berry, Bobbie Gentry and many, many
others. Her contribution to music in the Dallas-Fort
Worth area began early and never stopped. Now living
in Colorado, Brandy has generously sent the following
recordings with her own personal comments. Her skill
and versatility are the essence of musicianship.
Brandy tells her own story better than anyone. For a
complete biography, photo galleries, music, concert
dates and more, please visit Brandy's own site :