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 currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Highlights10

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.

Photos - Brenda Lee1000

Popular Albums32

Album Appearances & References8

Popular Songs30

Song Appearances & References6

Musical Group References2

TV Shows1

Collaborators & Influencers17

Other Music-Related Relationships6

Personal & Professional Relationships1

Awards & Nominations5

You May Also Be Interested In28

Videos8

Spotify - Albums & Singles269

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On4

 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles7

Fifteen-year-old Brenda Lee earns a #1 hit with “I’m Sorry”
  –  December 22, 2017
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 ...
Brenda Lee’s comin’ on strong at Soaring Eagle
  –  December 15, 2017
Soaring Eagle Casino hosts a showcase for a hallmark of 1960s pop and country music, Brenda Lee – The Lady, The Legend, at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Soaring Eagle Casino, 6800 E Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mount Pleasant, soaringeaglecasino.com.
Fifteen-year-old Brenda Lee earns a #1 hit with “I’m Sorry”
  –  December 22, 2017
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 ...
Think Too Much: Holiday tunes cover a gamut of emotions
  –  December 24, 2017
Which means it's a perfect time to talk about holiday music! Readers have spent ... and this year's second inductee fills the bill: Brenda Lee's 1958 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," recorded when the singer was 13 and not quite the big star she ...
The Jewish composers who wrote your favorite Christmas songs
  –  December 24, 2017
Though Torme was a famous singer, the most popular version was recorded ... Rock ‘n’ roll was the hot new music of the 1950s, so Marks took advantage of it. Brenda Lee had the biggest hit recording. 7. “Silver Bells” (1950) Written by Jay ...
Ed Sheeran celebrates Perfect end to 2017 with Christmas number one
  –  December 22, 2017
It's the most wonderful time of the year for the music star... Ed Sheeran has said it is a “dream come true” to have claimed the Christmas number one for 2017. The British singer-songwriter ... at number 12, Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The ...
Bang! The Bert Berns Story
  –  December 8, 2017
Bert Berns was a triple threat: writer, producer and, according to Exciters singer Brenda Reid, “white soul brother ... Our free 15 track-CD celebrates the best music from 2017.

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