What do the Victoria’s Secret Angels and Country Star Brenda Lee have in common? Watch and see — and listen closely

Oh sure, most Super Bowl XLIX viewers were just watching the big game for the commercials, especially the new Victoria’s Secret one. But did you know that the racy Victoria’s Secret ad has a connection to country music?

Though most eyes were probably focused on the lovely ladies and their choice of lingerie, the music featured in the commercial was country music legend Brenda Lee’s sultry 1961 hit “I’m in the Mood for Love.” “[The song] was released on one of my best ever selling albums, “Emotions”, virtually introducing this wonderful piece of music to a whole new generation of listeners,” explained the 70-year-old songstress in a recent interview.

Originally written and released in 1935 by veteran tunesmith Jimmy McHugh and co-writer Dorothy Fields, “I’m in the Mood for Love” has been covered by 100 artists — including icons such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Barbra Streisand, and modern marvels such as the Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart, James Taylor and Amy Winehouse.

A favorite of country music artists Faith Hill and Loretta Lynn, Lee was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 1997 and lives in Nashville, where she still occasionally finds herself performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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