Brenda Mae Tarpley, 11 December 1944, Lithonia, Georgia, USA. Even in early adolescence, Lee had an adult husk of a voice that could slip from anguished intimacy through sleepy insinuation to raucous lust, even during Lets Jump The Broomstick, Speak To Me Pretty and other jaunty classics that kept her in the hit parade from the mid-50s to 1965. Through local radio and, by 1956, wider exposure on Red Foleys Ozark Jubilee broadcasts, Little Brenda Lee was ensured enough airplay for her first single, a revival of Hank Williams Jambalaya, to crack the US country chart before her Billboard Hot 100 debut with 1957s One Step At A Time. The novelty of her extreme youth facilitated bigger triumphs for Little Miss Dynamite with the million-selling Rockin Around The Christmas Tree and later bouncy rockers, before the next decade brought a greater proportion of...
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