Brenda Lee

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Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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 ‘Let’s 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 Foley’s 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 1957’s ‘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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