Australian singles charts:
Superstar entered the Kent charts on 28 June 1971 and peaked at #32.
The song is on Colleen Hewett which entered the Kent album charts on 27 November 1972 and peaked at #28.
Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell
Lewis Young Productions (Johnny Young, Kevin Lewis)
Record label of Australian release:
Hewett started her solo music career in 1970, appearing regularly on TV pop music series Bandstand. She signed with Festival Records and her debut single, which was a cover version of Delaney and Bonnie’s track Superstar was released in June 1971.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colleen_Hewett
In 1971 Colleen recorded her debut single, a superb cover of the Leon Russell-Delaney Bramlett song Superstar. This song has a facinating history – it was originally recorded under the title Groupie by Delaney & Bonnie, but it was released as the B-side of their single Comin’ Home in 1969 and did not become a hit. It became well-known thanks to Joe Cocker’s landmark Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour in 1970 because backing singer Rita Coolidge sang it during the show. In August 1970, Bette Midler performed it on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show and Cher recorded a version released in late 1970, but it was Colleen’s Australian recording that first became a hit.
Colleen’s soaring performance captures the heartbreaking quality of the piece and it is arguably far superior to Karen Carpenter’s rather muted take on the song, released well after Colleen’s version had become a Top 40 hit all over Australia.
Read more: www.milesago.com/artists/hewett.htm
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