Brenda Mae Tarpley (born December 11, 1944), known professionally as Brenda Lee, is an American singer. Performing rockabilly, pop and country music, she 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 known for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry" and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", which has become a Christmas standard.
At 4 ft 9 inches tall (approximately 145 cm), she received the nickname "Little Miss Dynamite" in 1957, after recording the song "Dynamite" when she was 12. She is one of the first pop music stars to have a major international following. In 1969, Lee returned to the charts with her recording "Johnny One Time" penned by A. L. "Doodle" Owens and Dallas Frazier. The song reached #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart and #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also earned Lee her second Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocal. Later success came with a return to her roots as a country singer, with a string of hits through the 1970s and 1980s.
Lee has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. 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 first woman to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 11, 1944 (Grady Memorial Hospital)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1956 - 1972
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, flute, piano, bells, trumpet
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 394 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||101242||1/3/1957||Fairytale land-2||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||101243||1/3/1957||One step at a time-1||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||111412||11/30/1961||Geh' am gluck nicht vorbei (Fool number one) (German)||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||111413||11/30/1961||La premiere fois (Fool number one) (French)||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||111414||11/30/1961||Sono sciocca (Fool number one) (Italian)||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||111415||11/30/1961||Darling bye bye (Anybody but me) (German)||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||111416||1/1/1961||Pourquoi jamais moi (Anybody but me) (French)||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||111417||1/1/1961||Nulla di me (Anybody but me) (Italian)||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||113267||2/25/1963 or 2/26/1963||Am strand von Hawaii||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||113268||2/25/1963 or 2/26/1963||Ein meinen träumen||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||113269||2/25/1963 or 2/26/1963||Wo und wann, fängt die liebe an||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||113270||2/25/1963 or 2/26/1963||Darling, was ist lost mir dir||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||114462||6/22/1967||Champagne and tears||Pete Fountain ; Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||114689||3/26/1964*||Ich will immer auf Dich warten||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||114690||3/26/1964*||Drei rote rosen blüh'n||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||114691||3/26/1964*||No my boy||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||114692||3/26/1964*||Ohne dich||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||114693||3/26/1964*||Wiedersehn ist wunderschön||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||114694||3/26/1964*||Kansas City||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||115718||2/17/1965||Willow weep for me||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||115719||2/17/1965||Almost there||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||115720||2/17/1965||Yesterday's gone||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||115721||2/17/1965||The birds and the bees||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||117811||8/15/1966||Endless love||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
|Decca||117812||8/15/1966||Anasaka after dark||Brenda Lee||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lee, Brenda," accessed November 29, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205729.
Lee, Brenda. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 29, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/205729.
"Lee, Brenda." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 29 November 2023.
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