|Birth name||Brenda Mae Tarpley|
|Born||December 11, 1944|
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Genre(s)||Pop Music, Country Music|
|Label(s)||Decca, MCA Nashville|
|Associated acts||Connie Francis, Skeeter Davis, Patsy Cline, Ricky Nelson, Lesley Gore, Red Foley|
|Website||Brenda Lee Official Website|
Brenda Lee (born December 11, 1944) is an American country-pop singer, who was immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s. Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Decca Records is a British Record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. Universal Music Group Nashville is Universal Music Group 's Country music subsidiary Connie Francis (born December 12, 1938 in Newark New Jersey) is an American Pop singer best known for international hit songs Skeeter Davis (born Mary Frances Penick December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004) was an American country music singer Patsy Cline (b Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American Country Eric Hilliard "Ricky" Nelson, later known as Rick Nelson ( May 8, 1940 &ndash December 31, 1985) was an Lesley Gore (born May 2, 1946 as Lesley Sue Goldstein) is an American Singer-songwriter of the " Girl group era" Clyde Julian "Red" Foley ( June 17 1910 – September 19 1968) was a Country music Singer. Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office Year 1944 ( MCMXLIV) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure The 1950s Decade refers to the years of 1950 to 1959 inclusive The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 In the 1960s she had more charted hits than any other woman, and only three male singers/groups (Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and The Beatles) outpaced her. Ray Charles Robinson ( September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) known by his Stage name Ray Charles, was an American The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 She was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following.
She was given the nickname Little Miss Dynamite after recording Dynamite in 1957; the explosive strength of the sound pouring out of her small frame amazed audiences and promoters. Her general popularity faded as her voice suffered damage and matured in the late 1960s, but she successfully continued her recording career by returning to her roots as a country singer. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. She was able to chart in Billboard's CW top ten twice in 1980.
She enjoys one distinction unique among successful American singers; her opening act on a UK tour in the early 1960s was a little-known beat group from Liverpool, England: The Beatles. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Liverpool ( is a City and Metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 
Lee's father, Ruben Tarpley, was born roughly halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia. He was the son of a hardscrabble farmer in Georgia's red-clay belt, which was devastated by soil depletion and the boll weevil. The boll weevil ( Anthonomus grandis) is a Beetle measuring an average length of six Millimeters which feeds on Cotton buds and flowers Although he stood only 170 cm (5 feet 7 inches), he was an excellent left-handed pitcher, and spent 11 years in the Army playing baseball. Her mother, Annie Grayce Yarbrough, had a similar background of an honest, uneducated working class family in Greene County, Georgia, although she had the distinction of a Cherokee great-grandparent. Greene County is a County located in the US state of Georgia. The Cherokee (ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ a-ni-yv-wi-ya, in the Cherokee language) are a people native to North America, who at the time of European contact
Brenda was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in the charity ward of Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 11, 1944. Grady Memorial Hospital, frequently referred to as Grady Hospital or simply Grady, is the largest Hospital in the state of Georgia She weighed 2126 g (4 pounds 11 ounces) at birth. She attended grade schools wherever her father found work, primarily in the corridor between Atlanta and Augusta. Her family was poor, living hand-to-mouth; she shared a bed with her two siblings in a series of three-room houses without running water. Life centered around her parents' finding work, their extended family, and the Baptist Church (where she sang solos every Sunday). 
She was a musical prodigy. Although her family did not have indoor plumbing until after her father's death, they had a battery-powered table radio that fascinated Brenda as a baby. By the time she was two, she would hear songs on the radio once and be able to whistle the complete tune.  Both her mother and sister remember taking her repeatedly to a local candy store before she turned three; one of them would stand her on the counter and she would earn free candy or small coins for singing.
Her voice, pretty face, and complete absence of stage fright won her wider attention from the time she was five years old. At age 6, she won a local singing contest sponsored by the elementary schools. The reward was a live appearance on an Atlanta radio show, "Starmakers Revue".
Her father died in 1953. By the time she turned ten, she had become the primary breadwinner of her family by singing at events and on local radio and television shows.
Her break into big-time show business came when she turned down paid employment -- $30 to sing on a local television station in Atlanta -- in order to hear Red Foley and the Ozark Jubilee in Augusta. Clyde Julian "Red" Foley ( June 17 1910 – September 19 1968) was a Country music Singer. Ozark Jubilee (later called Country Music Jubilee and Jubilee USA) was a Country music Variety show on American Augusta Georgia is a city in Richmond County, Georgia, United States. An Augusta DJ convinced Foley to hear her sing before the show. Foley was as transfixed as everyone else who heard the huge voice coming from the tiny girl and immediately agreed to let her to perform the Hank Williams standard Jambalaya on stage that night, unrehearsed. Hank Williams ( September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American Singer-songwriter and Musician who has Jambalaya (ˌdʒʌmbəˈlaɪə or) or is a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French creation Foley later recounted the moments following her introduction:
I still get cold chills thinking about the first time I heard that voice. One foot started patting rhythm as though she was stomping out a prairie fire but not another muscle in that little body even as much as twitched. And when she did that trick of breaking her voice, it jarred me out of my trance enough to realize I'd forgotten to get off the stage. There I stood, after 26 years of supposedly learning how to conduct myself in front of an audience, with my mouth open two miles wide and a glassy stare in my eyes.
The audience erupted in applause and refused to let her leave the stage until she had sung three more songs. She was eleven years old and well under five feet tall. (As an adult, she was variously reported to stand between 140 and 145 cm tall: 4' 7" and 4' 9". )
Less than two months later -- on July 30, 1956 -- Decca Records offered her a recording contract. Events 1419 - First Defenestration of Prague. 1502 - Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Decca Records is a British Record label established in 1929 by Edward Lewis. She began her recording career at age 11 with rockabilly songs like "BIGELOW 6-200" (a telephone number with the numerals pronounced six two oh oh) and "Little Jonah. Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of Rock and roll music and emerged in the early 1950s " The song "Dynamite", coming out of a 145-cm frame (4 foot 9 inch), led to her lifelong nickname, "Little Miss Dynamite. A nickname is a Name of an entity or thing that is not its Proper name. "
Along with Connie Francis, she was one of the first female idols, achieving huge popularity with a long string of hits. Connie Francis (born December 12, 1938 in Newark New Jersey) is an American Pop singer best known for international hit songs At Christmas 1958, she released "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," which sold only 5,000 copies during its initial release. However, it would eventually sell over five million copies. Disc jockeys also dubbed her "Little Miss Razz Matazz" after her husky, pounding voice belted out her first U.S. Top 10 hit, "Sweet Nothin's," in late 1959. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
Brenda Lee first attracted attention performing in country music venues, and her first single, 1957's "One Step at a Time", was a country hit. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. However, her label and management felt it best to market her exclusively as a pop artist, the result being that none of her best-known recordings from the 1960s were released to country radio, and despite her obvious country sound, she would not have another country hit until 1969.
Brenda Lee came to her biggest success on the Pop charts in the late 1950s through the mid 1960s with rockabilly and rock and roll styled songs. Rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of Rock and roll music and emerged in the early 1950s Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African Her biggest hits during this time include a rockabilly version of the country classic "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)," "Sweet Nothin's" (written by the country musician Ronnie Self), "I Want to Be Wanted," "All Alone Am I," and "Fool #1". Ronnie Self ( July 5 1938 - August 28 1981) was a Rockabilly singer and songwriter
The overall biggest selling track of Lee's career is, oddly enough, a Christmas song. In 1958, when she was 13, Owen Bradley asked her to record a new song written by Johnny Marks, who had had success writing Christmas tunes for country singers, most notably "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Gene Autry) and "A Holly, Jolly Christmas" (Burl Ives). Owen Bradley (c October 21, 1915 - January 7 1998) was an influential American Record producer Johnny Marks ( November 10, 1909 - September 3, 1985) was an American Songwriter. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a song and popular Christmas story about Santa Claus 's ninth and lead reindeer who possesses an unusually red-colored Orvon Gene Autry ( September 29 1907 &ndash October 2 1998) was an American performer who gained fame as The Singing Cowboy Johnny Marks ( November 10, 1909 - September 3, 1985) was an American Songwriter. Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives ( 14 June 1909 &ndash 14 April 1995) was an Academy Award winning American actor and acclaimed Lee recorded the song, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" in July with a prominent twanging guitar part by Hank Garland. " Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree " is a Christmas song, written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca 9-30776 Hank Garland ( November 11, 1930 &ndash December 27, 2004) was a legendary Nashville Studio musician. Decca released it as a single that November, but it sold only 5,000 copies, and did not do much better when it was released again in 1959.
In 1960, she recorded her signature song, "I'm Sorry", which hit number one on the Billboard pop chart and was her first gold single. " I'm Sorry " is a 1960 hit song for then-15-year-old American Country pop singer Brenda Lee. Even though it was not released as a country song, it was the first big hit to use what was to become the new "Nashville Sound" -- a string orchestra and legato harmonized background vocals. (Ray Charles used the same sound that year on the huge pop hit, Georgia on My Mind. Ray Charles Robinson ( September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) known by his Stage name Ray Charles, was an American " Georgia on My Mind " is a song written in 1930 by Stuart Gorrell (lyrics and Hoagy Carmichael (music ) "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" got noticed in its third release a few months later, and sales snowballed; the song remains a perennial radio favorite each December and is probably the record with which she is most identified by contemporary audiences.
Lee was popular in the UK very early in her career. She toured the UK in 1959, before she had achieved much pop recognition in the US. Her 1961 rockabilly release "Let's Jump the Broomstick" did not chart in the US, but went to #12 in the UK. She then had two top 10 hits in the UK that were not released as singles in her native country: "Speak To Me Pretty" peaked at number three in early 1962, followed by "Here Comes That Feeling. "
Her last top-10 single on the pop charts was 1963's "Losing You," while she continued to have other chart songs such as her 1966 song "Coming On Strong" and "Is It True?" in 1964. The latter was her only hit single recorded in London, England, and was produced by Mickie Most, who at the time was producing hits for The Animals and Herman's Hermits. Mickie Most, born Michael Peter Hayes ( 20 June 1938 – 30 May 2003 was a successful English Record producer, with a string of Number One The Animals were an English music group of the 1960s known in the United States as part of the British Invasion. Herman's Hermits were an English Pop band, formed in Manchester in 1963 as 'Herman & The Hermits'
During the early 1970s, Lee re-established herself as a country music artist, and earned a string of Top 10 hits on the country charts. Th first of these was 1973's "Nobody Wins," which reached the Top 5 that spring and also became her last Top 100 pop hit, peaking at number 70. The follow-up, the Mark James composition "Sunday Sunrise," reached number six on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Singles chart that October. Mark James (b 1940 is a songwriter famous for writing hits for singers B See Billboard (Turkish magazine Billboard is a weekly American Magazine devoted to the Music industry Other major hits included "Wrong Ideas" and "Big Four Poster Bed" (1974); and "Rock On Baby" and "He's My Rock" (both 1975). After a few years of lesser hits, Lee began another run at the Top 10 with 1979's "Tell Me What It's Like. " Two follow-ups also reached the Top 10 in 1980: "The Cowboy and the Dandy" and "Broken Trust" (the latter featuring vocal backing by The Oak Ridge Boys). The Oak Ridge Boys are a country and gospel group that is based in the United States. A 1982 album, The Winning Hand, featuring reissues of a number of Lee's 1960s Monument hits, as well as that of Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, was a surprise hit, reaching the top-ten on the U. Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) The Winning Hand is a Double album, released in December 1982 featuring Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee and Kris Kristofferson A monument is a structure either explicitly created to commemorate a person or important event or which has become important to a social group as a part of their remembrance of past Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Country music Singer / Songwriter, Author, actress Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country Singer-songwriter and Actor. S. country albums chart. Her last well-known hit was 1985's "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," a duet with George Jones. George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of Today, she continues to perform and tour as a country singer.
Over the ensuing years, Lee has continued to record and perform all around the world, previously cutting records in four different languages. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a Museum located on the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland Ohio, United States The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 222 Fifth Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early Rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities
In 1992, Lee recorded a duet ("You’ll Never Know") with Willy DeVille, on his album Loup Garou. Willy DeVille (b August 25 1950 is an American Singer and Songwriter. Loup Garou is a 1995 album by Willy DeVille. Loup Garou means Werewolf in French.
Chuck Berry wrote a song about Brenda Lee on the album St. Louis to Liverpool. Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry (born October 18 1926 in St St Louis to Liverpool is a Chuck Berry album released in 1964 on Chess Records. She was also immortalized in the hit Golden Earring song "Radar Love": "Radio's playing some forgotten song / Brenda Lee's 'Coming on Strong'. Golden Earring are a Dutch rock band founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the 's' was dropped in 1969 " Radar Love " was a hit by the Dutch rock band Golden Earring. " She was also remembered as a heroine to Burton Cummings on his self-titled 70's album in the song "Dream of a Child," including the closing line, "I love Brenda Lee / Brenda Lee loves me / yeah. Burton Cummings OM (born December 31, 1947) is a Canadian musician and songwriter . . "
Although her songs have often centered on lost loves, and although she did lose her father at a young age, her marriage to Ronnie Shacklett in 1963 was a success. He was able to deal with the notoriously rapacious music industry, which had exploited her badly, and is credited with ensuring her long-term financial success. They have two daughters, Jolie and Julie (who was named for Patsy Cline's daughter) and three grandchildren. Patsy Cline (b Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963) was an American Country
Celebrating over 50 years as a recording artist, Brenda Lee was given the Jo Meador-Walker Lifetime Achievement award by Source Nashville in September 2006. She is the second recipient of the award, Jo Meador-Walker being the first.
The following Brenda Lee singles made the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, Country or AC chart in the U. Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles, Easy Listening, and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular S. , U. K. , or Canada.
These singles did well in non-US markets, although they did not chart well (or were not even released) in the US.
|Year||Album||US Pop Albums|
|1959||Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang!||-|
|1960||This Is. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard . . Brenda||4|
|1961||All the Way (#20 UK)||17|
|1962||Brenda, That's All (#13 UK)||20|
|1963||All Alone, Am I (#8 UK)||25|
|1963||Let Me Sing||39|
|1964||Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee||7|
|1965||Top Teen Hits||-|
|1965||The Versatile Brenda Lee||-|
|1965||Too Many Rivers||36|
|1966||Bye Bye Blues (#21 UK)||94|
|1966||10 Golden Years||70|
|1966||Coming On Strong||94|
|1967||For the First Time, Brenda and Pete (with Pete Fountain)||187|
|1969||Reflections In Blue||-|
|1969||The Show For Christmas Seals (with Tennessee Ernie Ford)||-|
|1969||Johnny One Time||98|
|1973||A Whole Lotta Love||-|
|1973||The Brenda Lee Story: Her Greatest Hits||-|
|1974||Brenda (Warner Bros. Pierre Dewey LaFontaine Jr (born July 3, 1930) is a New Orleans Clarinetist. Ernest Jennings Ford ( February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991) better known by the Stage name Tennessee Ernie Ford, was )||-|
|1975||Brenda Lee Now||-|
|1975||Sincerely, Brenda Lee||-|
|1976||L. A. Sessions||-|
|1980||Take Me Back||-|
|1980||Little Miss Dynamite (#15 UK; Britain-only compilation)||-|
|1981||Only When I Laugh||-|
|1982||Greatest Country Hits||-|
|1983||Kris, Willie, Dolly & Brenda. . . the Winning Hand (with Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson)||-|
|1983||25th Anniversary (#65 UK)||-|
|1984||The Very Best of Brenda Lee (#16 UK)||-|
|1985||Feels So Right||-|
|1991||Brenda Lee (Warner Bros. Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American Country music Singer / Songwriter, Author, actress Willie Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American country Singer-songwriter and Actor. )||-|
|1991||A Brenda Lee Christmas||-|
|1992||Greatest Hits Live||-|
|1994||The Very Best of Brenda Lee (#20 UK)||-|
|1995||Coming On Strong||-|
|2007||Gospel Duets with Treasured Friends (with Vince Gill, Huey Lewis, Dolly Parton, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn,|
Martina McBride, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Pam Tillis, Emmylou Harris and Charlie Daniels)