Is It True (Brenda Lee song)

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"Is It True"
Single by Brenda Lee
A-side "Is It True"
B-side "What'd I Say" (UK)/"Just Behind the Rainbow" (US)
Released 1964
Genre Rock
Label Decca Records
Writer(s) Carter & Lewis

"Is It True" is a 1964 Brenda Lee song. In 1964 Brenda Lee was flown by Decca to England to cut a single record, initially conceived of as for release exclusively in the United Kingdom (it was however in reality released in the U.S. shortly after release in the U.K.). "Is It True," was written by Carter & Lewis, John Carter and Ken Lewis, then two of England's top songwriters.[1] The single reached No.17 in both UK and US.[2][3][4] The guitarist on the single was Jimmy Page,[5] who achieved an early wah pedal effect (0:38-0:42) before the effect became popular.[6]


  1. ^ Billboard - 5 Sep 1964 - Page 6 "... anew last week when Brenda Lee, Decca disk artist, flew to England solely to cut a single record for release exclusively in the United Kingdom. The single, titled "Is It True," was written by two of England's top songwriters, Carter and Lewis, .."
  2. ^ Barry Lazell Rock movers & shakers 1989 Page 293 "Is It True, written by John Carter and Ken Lewis, is rush released in UK and makes #17. Is It True Is It True also makes US #17."
  3. ^ Music USA: The Rough Guide Richie Unterberger, Samb Hicks, Jennifer Dempsey - 1999 - Page 106 "sorrowful ballads like "All Alone Am I," "Losing You," and "I'm Sorry," with occasional numbers like "Is It True?""
  4. ^ All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine - 2003 "two LP set included the bulk of her biggest hits, although it misses somes some significant singles (like "Is It True? "
  5. ^ Bob Gulla -Guitar Gods: The 25 Players who Made Rock History 2009- Page 153 "Known as Little Jim, his studio products in 1964 included the Rolling Stones' Heart of Stone, Marianne Faithfull's As Tears Go By, the Nashville Teens' Tobacco Road, Brenda Lee's Is It True, and Dave Berry's The Crying Game ..."
  6. ^ Walter Everett Associate Professor of Music The Foundations of Rock : From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite" Department of Music Theory The University of Michigan - 2008 "The wah pedal was rarely used before 1968; just how is that effect achieved in Brenda Lee's 1964 record, “Is It True” ..."