Is It True (Brenda Lee song)

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"Is It True"
Is It True (Brenda Lee song).jpg
Single by Brenda Lee
A-side "Is It True"
B-side "What'd I Say" (UK)/"Just Behind the Rainbow" (US)
Released 1964
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Recorded 17 September 1964
Genre Rock
Length 2:20
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Carter & Lewis
Producer(s) Mickie Most

"Is It True" is a song released in 1964 by Brenda Lee. In 1964, Brenda Lee was flown by Decca to England to cut a single record, initially conceived for release exclusively in the United Kingdom, but it was in fact also released in the US shortly after release in the UK. "Is It True" was written by John Carter and Ken Lewis, then two of England's top songwriters.[1]

The single reached No. 17 on both the United Kingdom's Record Retailer chart and the United States' Billboard Hot 100 chart,[2][3][4] and reached No. 8 on Canada's RPM "Top 40 & 5"[5] and No. 11 on Canada's CHUM Hit Parade.[6]

The guitarist on the single was Jimmy Page[7] who achieved an early wah pedal effect (0:38-0:42) before the effect became popular.[8] The drummer on the session was Bobby Graham, the production was by Mickie Most and it was recorded at Decca's #2 recording studio in West Hampstead, London.


  1. ^ "Brenda Lee Makes Ocean Hop Just to Record Disc", Billboard, September 5, 1964. p. 6. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ Is It True? - By: Brenda Lee, Accessed October 6, 2015
  3. ^ Brenda Lee - Full Official Chart History, Official Charts Company. Accessed October 6, 2015
  4. ^ Brenda Lee - Chart History - The Hot 100, Accessed October 3, 2015
  5. ^ "The RPM Top 40 & 5", RPM, Volume 2, No. 14, November 30, 1964
  6. ^ "CHUM Hit Parade – Week of November 30, 1964". Archived from the original on November 7, 2006. Retrieved 2015-12-02.  Chart No. 403. CHUM.
  7. ^ 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 ..."
  8. ^ 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” ..."