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Brenda Lee Grandma, What Great Songs...& Miss Dynamite

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(2004/ACE) 24 tracks DECCA 1959/60 Stereo more

Brenda Lee: Grandma, What Great Songs...& Miss Dynamite

(2004/ACE) 24 tracks DECCA 1959/60 Stereo

Article properties: Brenda Lee: Grandma, What Great Songs...& Miss Dynamite

  • Interpret: Brenda Lee

  • Album titlle: Grandma, What Great Songs...& Miss Dynamite

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2004
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667004220

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Lee, Brenda - Grandma, What Great Songs...& Miss Dynamite CD 1
01 Some Of These Days Brenda Lee
02 Pennies From Heaven Brenda Lee
03 Baby Face Brenda Lee
04 A Good Man Is Hard To Find Brenda Lee
05 Just Because Brenda Lee
06 Toot, Toot, Tootsie Brenda Lee
07 Ballin' The Jack Brenda Lee
08 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody Brenda Lee
09 Pretty Baby Brenda Lee
10 Side By Side Brenda Lee
11 Back In Your Own Backyard Brenda Lee
12 St. Louis Blues Brenda Lee
13 Dynamite Brenda Lee
14 Weep No More My Baby Brenda Lee
15 Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Brenda Lee
16 (If I'm Dreaming) Just Let Me Dream Brenda Lee
17 Be My Love Again Brenda Lee
18 My Baby Likes Western Guys Brenda Lee
19 Sweet Nothin's Brenda Lee
20 I'm Sorry Brenda Lee
21 That's All You Gotta Do Brenda Lee
22 Heading Home Brenda Lee
23 Wee Wee Willies Brenda Lee
24 Let's Jump The Broomstick Brenda Lee
Brenda Lee They didn’t call pint-sized Brenda Lee ‘Little Miss Dynamite’ for nothing. Her... more
"Brenda Lee"

Brenda Lee

They didn’t call pint-sized Brenda Lee ‘Little Miss Dynamite’ for nothing. Her powerhouse pipes were like a lit keg of TNT even before Paul Cohen signed her to Decca at the tender age of 11 (Decca misleadingly billed her as “Little Brenda Lee [9 Years Old]” on her first two singles in 1956). Only four-foot-nine even as an adult, Brenda’s huge, mature-sounding voice belied her diminutive physical stature.

Born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Atlanta on December 11, 1944, she sang around the house at three, won a school talent contest at four, and performed on local TV before she was seven. After a brief stint in Cincinnati, Brenda’s family settled in Augusta, Georgia, where deejay Peanut Faircloth took an interest. He insisted country star Red Foley listen to his little friend when Foley performed in Augusta. Foley was so knocked out that he put 11-year-old Brenda on ‘Junior Jubilee,’ the pubescent counterpart to his ABC-TV show ‘Ozark Jubilee,’ in March of ’56. Befpubescent counterpart to his ABC-TV show ‘Ozark Jubilee,’ in March of ’56. Before long, Brenda was on the adult version. Manager Dub Allbritten decided her stage handle of Little Brenda Tarpley was mundane, so she would be known as Brenda Lee.

Cohen pacted Brenda in May of ’56. Her first Nashville session that July included the rocking Bigelow 6-200 and a rousing reprise of Hank Williams’ Jambalaya (On The Bayou) that Cohen paired as her debut single. Although she usually recorded in Nashville under the direction of Cohen and Owen Bradley, Brenda’s first hit in 1957, the jumping One Step At A Time, was done at New York’s cavernous Pythian Temple under Milt Gabler’s supervision.

Lee cut a raft of great rockers early on in Nashville—Dynamite (the basis for her nickname), Rock The Bop, Ring-A-My-Phone and its incredibly swinging flip Little Jonah (Rock On Your Steel Guitar) (cut May 15, 1958 at Bradley’s studio with Nashville’s A-Team in attendance, it featured Buddy Emmons’ blistering steel work), Let’s Jump The Broomstick, and just in time for 1958 holiday sales, her immortal Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.

But hits remained in short supply until Ronnie Self wrote Brenda the teasing Sweet Nothin’s. Laced with the insinuating sax of Boots Randolph (a frequent presence on her waxings), it crashed the pop Top Five in 1960, setting the stage for Brenda’s two-sided blockbuster later that year. Jerry Reed penned the upbeat That’s All You Gotta Do, but it was Self’s torch ballad I’m Sorry, sung by Brenda like a jilted woman despite her being only 15, that gave Lee her first pop chart-topper,

“Brenda was a little pro. She was way ahead of her time. At 12, 13 years old, she just reared back and sang like the dickens,” said the late Randolph. “She had a knack about her--I don=t know if she would mimic somebody, or was just letting it all hang out. That little gal could sing, and she hung in there. She liked people like Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald and all of those great singers that came along at that time with the pop singers. It was something else to get in there with a kid that young being able to sing that well.”

Although she had a big seller in 1961 with the cute upbeat item Dum Dum, most of Brenda’s smashes for Decca after I’m Sorry were brokenhearted laments that Bradley gave the full countrypolitan treatment: I Want To Be Wanted (her second #1 pop entry in 1960), Emotions, You Can Depend On Me, Fool #1, Break It To Me Gently, All Alone Am I. Brenda built a huge following around the world and toured the globe regularly, once with the then-unknown Beatles opening for her.

When the pop arena finally lost interest in Lee’s Decca output at the close of the ‘60s (her Too Many Rivers and Coming On Strong just missed the pop Top Ten in 1965 and ’66 respectively), country music fans were quick to embrace the lovable little chanteuse. Brenda scored a slew of C&W hits during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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