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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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From Levis To Calvin Klein Jeans - I Know A Lot About Love (7inch, 45rpm, BC, CS) Brenda Lee: From Levis To Calvin Klein Jeans - I Know A Lot... Art-Nr.: 45MCA51230

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Anthology 1956-1980 (2-CD) Brenda Lee: Anthology 1956-1980 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCD10384

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Reflections In Blue (CD) Brenda Lee: Reflections In Blue (CD) Art-Nr.: CDUCCU9333

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(Universal Japan) 10 tracks Decca 1967 Stereo - Originally sealed japanese release.
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Brenda Lee (CD) Brenda Lee: Brenda Lee (CD) Art-Nr.: CDWB26439-L

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Greatest Gospel Songs (CD) Brenda Lee: Greatest Gospel Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDD78868

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My Greatest Songs (CD) Brenda Lee: My Greatest Songs (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCD18349

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Fool No. 1 b-w Anybody But Me (7inch, 45rpm) Brenda Lee: Fool No. 1 b-w Anybody But Me (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45DECCA31309

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Losing You - He's So Heavenly (7inch, 45rpm, PS) Brenda Lee: Losing You - He's So Heavenly (7inch, 45rpm, PS) Art-Nr.: 45DECCA31478

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Original 'Decca' 45rpm record from 1963
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Alone With You - My Dreams (7inch, 45rpm, PS) Brenda Lee: Alone With You - My Dreams (7inch, 45rpm, PS) Art-Nr.: 45DECCA31628

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Little Miss Dynamite (LP) Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite (LP) Art-Nr.: LPBC93500

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(Combo) 20 tracks - custom pressing with superb sound quality!
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Very Best Of Brenda Lee (CD) LEE, Brenda: Very Best Of Brenda Lee (CD) Art-Nr.: CDDMCL1714

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Medley Of Hits (CD) Brenda Lee: Medley Of Hits (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPACD065

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Little Miss Dynamite (CD) Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBIT61015

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Here Comes That Feeling (CD) Brenda Lee: Here Comes That Feeling (CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS906

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Rockin' Around With Brenda Lee (CD) Brenda Lee: Rockin' Around With Brenda Lee (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPWKS4232

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A Brenda Lee Christmas - In The New Old Fashioned Way (CD) Brenda Lee: A Brenda Lee Christmas - In The New Old... Art-Nr.: CD26660

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(1991/WARNER) 13 tracks
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Love You (CD) Brenda Lee: Love You (CD) Art-Nr.: CDMCD30492

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Little Miss Dynamite In Concert (CD) Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite In Concert (CD) Art-Nr.: CDPLS688

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(2004/SANCTUARY) 13 tracks
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Rockin' & Romancin' (2-CD) Brenda Lee: Rockin' & Romancin' (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDDD61373

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(2014/DeccaDence) 62 tracks, Single sides, Live In Tokyo 1965, Top Teen Hits 1965
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Brenda Lee - Brenda Rocks Brenda Lee: Brenda Lee - Brenda Rocks Art-Nr.: BCD16686

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Sweet Nothin's - Emotions 7inch, 45rpm Brenda Lee: Sweet Nothin's - Emotions 7inch, 45rpm Art-Nr.: MB45515

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(2000/MCA) 16 tracks 1959-63
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(2009/MAGIC) 26 tracks 1956-58 / 24bit mastering - papersleeve
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Queen Of Rock & Roll Brenda Lee: Queen Of Rock & Roll Art-Nr.: CDCHD1222

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(2009/ACE) 28 tracks 1957-64 with 16 page booklet
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Jingle Bell Rock Brenda Lee: Jingle Bell Rock Art-Nr.: CDMCA20728

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(1993/MCA) 10 tracks, original 1950s Decca recordings.
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Gospel Duets With Treasured Friends Brenda Lee: Gospel Duets With Treasured Friends Art-Nr.: CDREU10845

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(2007/SONY/BMG) 11 tracks (32:52)
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Let Me Sing & By Request Brenda Lee: Let Me Sing & By Request Art-Nr.: CDCHD1097

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(2006/ACE) 24 tracks Decca 1963 (DL 74439) & 1964 (DL 74509) with 16 page color booklet
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Definitive Collection (US) Brenda Lee: Definitive Collection (US) Art-Nr.: CDMCA4738

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(2006/MCA NASHVILLE) 28 tracks 1957-79
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Brenda That's All & All Alone Am I Brenda Lee: Brenda That's All & All Alone Am I Art-Nr.: CDCHD1083

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All The Way & Sincerely Brenda Lee: All The Way & Sincerely Art-Nr.: CDCHD1060

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(2005/ACE) 24 tracks 1961/62 Decca Stereo with 12 page booklet
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Christmas Collection - 20th Century Masters Brenda Lee: Christmas Collection - 20th Century Masters Art-Nr.: CDMCA0520

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(2003/MCA) 18 tracks Decca 1956-65 - digital remastered
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Grandma, What Great Songs...& Miss Dynamite Brenda Lee: Grandma, What Great Songs...& Miss Dynamite Art-Nr.: CDCHD1027

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(2004/ACE) 24 tracks DECCA 1959/60 Stereo
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This Is ...Brenda & Emotions Brenda Lee: This Is ...Brenda & Emotions Art-Nr.: CDCHD1028

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I'm Back Again (DVD) Brenda Lee: I'm Back Again (DVD) Art-Nr.: DVDPS8509

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(2003/CARINCO) 12 tracks, Region Code 0, Dolby Digital, 62:08 min. - Brenda Lee live in concert!
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I'm Sorry (DVD) Brenda Lee: I'm Sorry (DVD) Art-Nr.: DVDAS13225

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(All Star) 11 track. In concert. PAL, all regions
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Hollywood Bowl - Alan Freed Spectacular 1961 Brenda Lee: Hollywood Bowl - Alan Freed Spectacular 1961 Art-Nr.: POSTER118

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42x28 cm, Bobby Vee, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shirelles, BB King a.o. High quality carboard print/Siebdruck auf Karton - Limited.
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Little Miss Dynamite  (4-CD) Brenda Lee: Little Miss Dynamite (4-CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15772

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4-CD box (LP-size) with 88-page hardcover book, 122 tracks. Playing time approx. 312 mns. Here, complete for the first time, are all Brenda's early recordings from 1956 until 1963. These include Sweet Nothin's, I'm Sorry, Rockin' Around...
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