Perhaps one of the most influential and iconic female personalities in country music is the legendary Brenda Lee. As a matter of fact, she has just celebrated her 74th birthday on Tuesday, December 11. Born Brenda Mae Tarpley, Brenda Lee grew up in the city of Atlanta in Georgia. She rose to fame in the late ‘50s and became one of the top-charting solo female vocalists in the following decades.
Brenda Lee is popular for singing rockabilly, pop, and country music. In fact, she had a total of 47 U.S. chart hits in the ‘60s. In that decade, she is ranked fourth as a chart-topping singer, surpassed by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Ray Charles.
With her height at 4 feet & 9 inches (around 145 cm), she got the nickname “Little Miss Dynamite” in 1957. This was in reference not only with short height but also with the song “Dynamite” that she released in the same year.
In 1958, Brenda Lee rocked the music charts with her Christmas hit, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The song eventually became a Christmas standard since then. Two years later, she released her most famous hit, “I’m Sorry,” which was well-loved by her fans.
Following the 1960s, Brenda Lee’s fame began to subside as her voice matured. Nevertheless, she continued to record song after song by going back to her roots as a country artist.
In the following years, she became a member of the Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, and Country Music Halls of Fame. Interestingly, Brenda Lee remains to be the only female to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame.
Furthermore, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her accomplishments and contributions to the music industry. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brenda Lee’s Bests
With Brenda Lee marking a name in Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Country Music, her songs are definitely a winner. Her versatility in music proves that she deserves all her achievements and awards. She has released many great songs but we have chosen only ten to share with. Here are ten of Brenda Lee’s best hits (not in order):
1. “I’m Sorry” (1960)
2. “All Alone Am I” (1962)
3. “Break It to Me Gently” (1962)
4. “I Want to be Wanted” (1960)
5. “Dum Dum” (1961)
6. “Fool Number 1” (1961)
7. “Sweet Nothins’” (1959)
8. “Losing You” (1963)
9. “You Can Depend on Me” (1961)
10. “That’s All You Gotta Do” (1960)
And there you have it, ten of the best hits of Brenda Lee. She may not be active in the music industry nowadays, but there is no denying that she has given another flavor to country music during her time.