Brenda Holloway began her recording career with three small Los Angeles labels, Donna, Catch and Minasa, in the early 60s, recording under the aegis of producer Hal Davis. In 1964, Holloway made an impromptu performance at a disc jockeys’ convention in California, where she was spotted by a Motown Records talent scout. She signed to the label later that year, becoming its first west coast artist.
Her initial Tamla Motown single, “Every Little Bit Hurts”, established her bluesy soul style, and was quickly covered by theSpencer Davis Group. She enjoyed further success in 1964 with “I’ll Always Love You”, and the following year with “When I’m Gone” and “Operator”. Her consistent record sales led to her winning a place on the 1965 US tour with The Beatles.
Brenda Holloway began to devote increasing time to her songwriting, forming a regular writing partnership with her sister Patrice, and Motown staff producer Frank Wilson. This combination produced her 1968 single “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy”, a song that proved more successful via the million-selling cover version by Blood, Sweat & Tears.