Beverly Bremers (born March 10, 1950) is an American singer and actress. After roles on Broadway, Bremers recorded the 1972 Top 20 hit single "Don't Say You Don't Remember."
Early life/ career
Beverly Bremers - her surname is pronounced bri:mɛrs - was born in Chicago but within three years had relocated with her family to St Louis. Bremers had sung for fun from an early age and at age eight she began studying acting. After relocating with her family to the New York City area when she was aged ten Bremers began singing in local talent shows: she performed on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour on her thirteenth birthday and made her recording debut at age 14 with a 1965 single release on Pickwick Records' Showcase label being a remake of "The Great Pretender" with two subsequent RCA Records single releases the first in June 1967 and the second in February 1968: all three of these singles were credited to Beverly Ann. Bremers joined the musical Hair early in its Broadway run playing Chrissy, then in 1970 was an original cast member of The Me Nobody Knows winning an Obie for playing Catherine in the off-Broadway production: she reprised her role in the Broadway production and then returned to Hair playing the female lead Sheila during the final phase of that show's original Broadway run. Bremers' was credited during her initial run in Hair and in The Me Nobody Knows as Beverly Ann Bremers.
Through recording the original cast album for The Me Nobody Knows Bremers met David Lipton, a music publishing house executive who she would eventually marry. Lipton solicited "Don't Say You Don't Remember" from his employer for Bremers to record with the resultant master - deliberately styled to evoke the 60s girl-group sound - being successfully shopped to Scepter Records and released in May 1971 to rise as high as #10 on the Easy Listening chart in Billboard just failing to cross over to the Billboard Hot 100 stalling at #102 (see Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles). The followup single had been prepped - that being "Heaven Help Us" the first recorded song written by Melissa Manchester who co-wrote it with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager - when "Don't Say You Don't Remember" belatedly became a local smash in San Jose with enough subsequent interest in other markets to debut at #98 on the Hot 100 dated December 18, 1971 entering the Top 40 dated January 22, 1972 to rise to a #15 peak on the Hot 100 dated February 26, 1972. "Heaven Help Us" would later be featured as the closing credits song for George A. Romero's 1973 horror film The Crazies.
As Bremers had returned to the Broadway production of Hair she was unable to do promotion for her single during its Top 40 run: she did perform "Don't Say You Don't Remember" on the April 22, 1972 broadcast of American Bandstand also performing the followup single: the free love anthem "We're Free" which would peak that month at #40, its mild chart showing being predicated by an extensive radio station boycott. Bremers' next single "I'll Make You Music" marked her third and final Hot 100 appearance reaching #63 in the autumn of 1972: all three of Bremers' chart singles were featured on her I'll Make You Music album which the Billboard Album Chart ranked with a #124 peak.
After three non-charting single releases on Scepter, Bremers had single releases on Columbia Records in respectively 1975 and 1976, and in 1979 recorded the disco single "Morning Music" credited to Siren and released on Midsong Records: Bremers composed "Morning Music" with Jackie English who also vocalized on the track, with the Bremers-English composition "Once a Night", recorded by Jackie English, being introduced in the film Hopscotch and reaching #94 on the Hot 100 in December 1980. "Morning Music" would later be a hit in the Netherlands for Kelly Page (#35/ 1983). In 1980 Bremers participated in the Seoul International Song Festival performing the song "Growing Up to Goodbyes" which she wrote with Jackie English: the number was declared winner of the Gold Prize.
Bremers greatest success as a songwriter has been as the composer of the theme from the Disney Channel series "Mousercise" which earned Bremers' a platinum record. Bremers has also written the score for several musicals produced in Los Angeles and San Diego, and was librettist for the 80s jukebox musical Bellbottom Fever. In 2005 Bremers released a new album entitled Don't Say You Don't Remember Beverly Bremers which included a re-recording of "Don't Say You Don't Remember" and new material.
Bremers has performed extensively in clubs and concerts in the U.S., in television commercials, radio, films and games. She is also a well-respected vocal coach.
- "Don't Say You Don't Remember" (1972) U.S. #15, U.S. AC #5
- "We're Free" (1972) U.S. #40
- "I'll Make You Music" (1972) U.S. #63
- Profile of Bremers at Air Play Direct, accessed 4 January 2009
- Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com