Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee

 

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Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley; December 11, 1944) is an American performer and the top-charting solo female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s, and is ranked fourth in that decade surpassed only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ray Charles. She is perhaps best known in the United States for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry", and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", a United States Christmas standard for almost 60 years.

At 4 ft 9 inches tall (approximately 145 cm), she received the nickname Little Miss Dynamite in 1957 after recording the song "Dynamite" and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following.

Lee's popularity faded in the late 1960s as her voice matured, but she continued a successful recording career by returning to her roots as a country singer with a string of hits through the 1970s and 1980s. She is a member of the Rock and Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly Halls of Fame. She is also a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Lee is the only woman to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Christmas Hits
Album
The Christmas Hits is an album by musical artist Brenda Lee, released on December 18, 2017.
All Alone
Album
All Alone is an album by musical artist Brenda Lee, released on November 30, 2017.
Little Miss Dynamite
Album
Little Miss Dynamite is an album by musical artist Brenda Lee, released on October 13, 2017.
Always on My Mind
 
"Always on My Mind" is an American country music song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, recorded first by Gwen McCrae (as "You Were Always On My Mind") and Brenda Lee in 1972.AllMusic lists over 300 recorded releases of the song in versions by dozens of performers.

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Popular Albums32

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Popular Songs29

Song Appearances & References6

Musical Group References2

TV Shows1

Collaborators & Influencers17

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Personal & Professional Relationships1

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The Number Ones: Brenda Lee’s “I Want To Be Wanted”
  –  March 9, 2018
Pop music history is weird. “I Want To Be Wanted” is a song about romantic desolation, about worrying that you’ll be alone for your whole life. And Brenda Lee, who certainly didn’t sound 15, did all she could with the song, delivering with the ...
Fifteen-year-old Brenda Lee earns a #1 hit with “I’m Sorry”
  –  February 18, 2018
Just 15 years old but already five years into a professional recording career, “Little Miss Dynamite” Brenda Lee earned the first of her many ... her heyday as a singer who leaned toward country music, early records like “Dynamite”—the source ...
Fifteen-year-old Brenda Lee earns a #1 hit with “I’m Sorry”
  –  February 18, 2018
Brenda Lee was born Brenda Mae Tarpley in the charity ward of an Atlanta hospital ... Though she would be known during her heyday as a singer who leaned toward country music, early records like “Dynamite”—the source of her nickname—and “Bigelow ...
On Stage: Spring into metal with big show tonight
  –  March 20, 2018
Fans of metal music will be in a state of ecstasy on March 20 ... Video link for Katie Toupin – https://youtu.be/0cBZfGhGhjU. The show at Johnny Brenda’s, which has Philadelphia-based singer Hemming as the opening act, will start at 8 p.m. Tickets ...
Sexual Harassment In Nashville Spurs A New Bill To Extend Protections To Artists
  –  March 16, 2018
Lawmakers in Nashville, the throne of country music, have been paying attention. A new piece of legislation, introduced into the Tennessee House of Representatives and Tennessee Senate by Rep. Brenda Gilmore ... represents country singer Katie Armiger ...
Lionel Richie's Net Worth Is Quite Impressive — Find out How He Made His Money!
  –  March 12, 2018
The singer has been a huge face in the music industry, which has earned him a very impressive ... However, he's been hitched twice before. Lionel was married to Brenda Harvey-Richie from 1975 until 1993. He then tied the knot with Diane Alexander in ...
What is Lionel Richie’s net worth?
  –  March 9, 2018
Singer Lionel Richie has been a music icon for decades. His net worth ... Previously, Richie was married to Brenda Harvey from 1975 to 1993 and Diane Alexander from 1995 to 2004. Richie also has three children: Nicole, Sofia and Miles.
The Number Ones: Brenda Lee’s “I Want To Be Wanted”
  –  March 9, 2018
The movie also featured an Italian song called “Per Tutta La Vita,” and an English-language country version of that song became a #1 hit for a 15-year-old singer. Pop music history is ... for your whole life. And Brenda Lee, who certainly didn ...
A Salute to the 50 Women in the Rock Hall
  –  March 8, 2018
She was the niece of blues singer Merline Johnson and was also ... to be recorded for The Velvet Underground & Nico. Music video by Bonnie Raitt performing Something To Talk About (Video Version). Brenda Lee was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on Dec. 11, 1944 ...
Country singer advocates for Tennessee anti-harassment bill
  –  March 6, 2018
(AP/WMOT) -- A country music singer-songwriter is lending her support to a bill ... Jeff Yarbro and state Rep. Brenda Gilmore are sponsoring the bill. The measure would allow a person under contract to bring a sexual harassment action the same way ...
Half-Indian, half-Zulu Lungi Naidoo is the South African singer who should be on your playlist
  –  March 6, 2018
As a little girl, she was exposed to the sounds of legendary songbirds Brenda Fassie ... like to think I was born to sing and write music that empowers women. GQ: What’s your earliest memory of being a singer or wanting to sing? LN: Every Christmas ...

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