Brenda Lee's manager and co-writer of many of
her biggest hits, including 1960's "I'm Sorry" and "Sweet
Nothin's" which went to #1 and #4,
respectively, on the Billboard charts.
Albritton was instrumental in the
development of Lee's career and fought tooth and nail for her not to
have to follow Jerry Lee Lewis at a concert organized by "Dandy"
Don Logan at Shreveport Auditorium.
At the time, Lewis's career and reputation were at an all-time
low, and Albritton feared that Little Miss
Dynamite mightn't be ready to follow The Killer's energetic
act. The crowd went nuts for
Jerry, and Logan
had to try to calm them down to even get Brenda on the stage. Brenda calmly went on stage and told
her band they were going to open with "Sweet Nothin's"
and according to Logan,
but the end of her act, and the ensuing, crowd-demanded encore, everyone
had forgotten about Jerry Lee Lewis.
Albritton's protigi had
arrived. Brenda was a star.
(Dub Albritton/Ronnie Self)