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Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:53 pm

Brenda Mae Tarpley was born December 11 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. In just a few short years she became a singing sensation under the name Brenda Lee and released her first record, Jambalaya b/w Bigelow 6-200, aged only 11 years old.

She had an amazing talent, not too dissimilar from Elvis' (She met Elvis a couple of times, there's pictures of her with him from meetings in 1957 and 1960). Her voice had an amazing blend of Country and Blues styled vocals perfect for Rock n Roll and Ballads. What makes it more incredible is that most of her best songs were cut before she turned 21 and she was only a tiny 4 ft 9 inches tall, yet had one of the most powerful voices around. She became known as Little Miss Dynamite after her 1957 hit, Dynamite. Also of note is her 1964 hit, Is It True?, featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar. Also in the early 60's she has one of the unique distinctions for a succesful US artist in that one of her UK tours had a then little known beat-group from Merseyside as the opening act. They were called The Beatles, I'm not sure if many of you have heard of them but they went on to cut some good tracks.

EDIT: I'm including a few interesting facts which prove how amazing she is:

The British trade paper-New Musical Express Award for Best Female Vocalist for 5 years (1961-1965).

Held the title of "Most Programmed Female Vocalist" for 5 consecutive years according to Billboard and 3 consecutive years according to Cashbox.

Has sold over 100 million records. Brenda has sold more records than any other woman in the history of recorded music.

More double-sided hits than any other woman in pop music.

Charted in more categories (including Pop/Rock, Rock, Easy Listening and Country) than any other female in the history of recorded music.

Most Consecutive Top Ten Hits - #9 All Time (males & females). The only 2 females ahead of Brenda are Madonna and Whitney Houston.

For the entire decade of the 1960s, Brenda is the Top Female Charted Act and 4th overall behind Elvis, the Beatles, and Ray Charles.

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Anyway I'm sure most of you are aware of this great lady but for those that aren't, or just need a reminder, here's some of my favourite songs of hers. She is one of my all time favourite singers.


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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, 1958


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Sweet Nothin's, 1959


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Dum Dum, 1961


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Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You), 1962


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Is It True?, 1964
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Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:58 pm

Just a quick note to her vocals on Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You). Give that song a listen and you will be hooked on her forever. The raw sensuality, passion and soulness in that voice is amazing, especially towards the end of the tune. Even more so when you consider she was 17 when she cut that song. How a 17 year old can have a voice like that is amazing, she sings with a knowingness and experience of somebody twice her age.

It's also one of those songs that's been covered so many times its hard to really do the song as it has been sung to death. But somehow she makes the song her own completely.

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:51 pm

I read she also recorded "Bringin it Back" in 1975. Did this pre-date Elvis ?

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:28 pm

Robt wrote:I read she also recorded "Bringin it Back" in 1975. Did this pre-date Elvis ?


I found this on YouTube. The poster says she recorded it first.

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All I can find is that it was released in 1975. It would be a surprise to me as I thought this was an original tune for Elvis. We know Voice performed it on stage with Elvis in September 1974 and I always thought it was one of their original tunes that Elvis sung as part of that publishing deal he had with them. Either way Elvis' version is much better.

One song that Brenda definately did manage to cut before Elvis was another mid-70s ballad, Always On My Mind.

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Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:14 pm

My Friend, Thanks for posting it here.
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Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:18 pm

Yes very country -styled isn't it. But I like it. I put up a post a few weeks ago on you tube in one of the Brenda videos and asked if any of her fans who may have the song, could upload it. It was on the B-side of a 1975 single.

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:29 pm

Good Time Charlie,

How about this one ?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AmVr_7T ... re=related

It's a good rendition !!!!

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:47 pm

Charlie me again :smt006

Here's what I found re: "Bringing it Back" by Brenda.

MCA 40442 07/21/1975 Papa's Knee/ Bringin it Back Produced by Owen Bradley

http://www.brendalee.com/pages/singles.html

It was released on MCA label nearly 4 months after Elvis recorded his version.
But Brenda could have recorded it before March 1975.

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:13 pm

Yeah, Brenda's career seemed to follow Elvis' quite a lot. I'm betting she was a massive fan. In the 50's she had a much purer rock n roll sound, then into the 60s she became part of that Nashville sound with a much smoother ballad style. Then in the late 60s into the early 70s her style of music wasn't too dissimilar from Elvis' with a more adult contemporary/country feel. It seems her career followed a very similar pattern to Elvis'. And yes amazingly, a year after Elvis did, Brenda ventured to American Sound in early 1970 to cut the album Memphis Portrait. Proud Mary and Walk a Mile In My Shoes are on that album incidently. She cut many of the same songs as Elvis over the years. Love Letters, Let It Be Me, Loving Arms, Blueberry Hill and That's All Right are just another five I can think of off the top of my head that haven't been mentioned on this topic so far.

I'm betting that Elvis recorded Bringing It Back before Brenda did. I'm sure I have read somewhere that it was a song from Voice or their publishers and Elvis was the first to record it. Thanks for unearthing that info though, it would suggest my theory is correct.

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:20 pm

Here's another of her best songs - a #4 hit in 1962. Man, what a voice. It's the sexiest female voice I've ever heard in my natural life I tell ya. What a lady. I can imagine this is what it must be like hearing Elvis if you are a female!

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Break It to Me Gently, 1962

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:31 pm

My favorite of hers is ''That's all you gotta do''

Re: Brenda Lee

Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:06 am

"Ride Ride Ride" is also one cool track -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Xw7Z-S ... re=related

Re: Brenda Lee

Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:37 pm

Very good artist. Too bad you can't buy a decent, reasonably priced anthology set of Brenda's containing at least 2 cd's with NO re-recordings, NO substandard sound quality and NOT just focused on her early recordings.

Re: Brenda Lee

Mon Jun 06, 2011 2:56 am

ACE has a good series of 2 fers on Brenda's 1950's and 1960's albums. The only double I know of (probably deleted now) is the MCA release "Anthology 1956-1980" . It's Ok but does miss a lot of classic songs.

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/mus ... 980%29.htm

Re: Brenda Lee

Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:07 am

Good Time Charlie wrote:Here's another of her best songs - a #4 hit in 1962. Man, what a voice. It's the sexiest female voice I've ever heard in my natural life I tell ya. What a lady. I can imagine this is what it must be like hearing Elvis if you are a female!

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Break It to Me Gently, 1962


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Break It to Me Gently are my favorites of hers. Thanks for posting!

Re: Brenda Lee

Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:39 am

As much as I like Brenda Lee's music, Connie Smith to me is the undisputed queen of country music. No one looked prettier, nor can sing prettier than Connie Smith.

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Re: Brenda Lee

Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:31 pm

Brenda Lee is a lovely woman. I have seen her in concert and met with her. She loves her fans and still puts on a terrific show. Definitely worth catching if you can.

Re: Brenda Lee

Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:37 pm

Robt wrote:ACE has a good series of 2 fers on Brenda's 1950's and 1960's albums. The only double I know of (probably deleted now) is the MCA release "Anthology 1956-1980" . It's Ok but does miss a lot of classic songs.

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/mus ... 980%29.htm


Yes, the "Anthology 1956-1980" is a good 2-CD retrospective. Alternatively, Bear Family released a fantastic 4-Disc set in 1995 featuring every song she cut between 1956-1962, which undoubtedly were her prime years. It's called "Little Miss Dynamite".

Re: Brenda Lee

Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:38 pm

EPA4368 wrote:
Good Time Charlie wrote:Here's another of her best songs - a #4 hit in 1962. Man, what a voice. It's the sexiest female voice I've ever heard in my natural life I tell ya. What a lady. I can imagine this is what it must be like hearing Elvis if you are a female!

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Break It to Me Gently, 1962


Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Break It to Me Gently are my favorites of hers. Thanks for posting!


Yes, it's an amazing song isn't it. She's kinda like a female mix between Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley.

Re: Brenda Lee

Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:59 pm

Robt wrote:ACE has a good series of 2 fers on Brenda's 1950's and 1960's albums. The only double I know of (probably deleted now) is the MCA release "Anthology 1956-1980" . It's Ok but does miss a lot of classic songs.

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/mus ... 980%29.htm


My point exactly. Either deleted or missing some good stuff. A proper release is due.

Re: Brenda Lee

Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:41 am

Which tracks/songs Tony ? She recorded so much stuff, my friend.

Re: Brenda Lee

Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:49 pm

Good Time Charlie wrote:One song that Brenda definately did manage to cut before Elvis was another mid-70s ballad, Always On My Mind.

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Thank you! What a lovely version from Brenda Lee.

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:46 pm

[quote="TCB-FAN"]As much as I like Brenda Lee's music, Connie Smith to me is the undisputed queen of country music. No one looked prettier, nor can sing prettier than Connie Smith.
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Thanks for introducing me to Connie Smith - I'd never heard any of her stuff before and I'm quite impressed.
How about this for a total country music babe? One of the best looking women on the planet back then;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOKe_9HHRSY

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:21 pm

Yeah but what about Jackie DeShannon :evil: You heard her version of "Oh Boy" ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss-eE9ETbes

and this is "I'm lookin for someone to love" -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFEkUw-M ... re=related

Finally this ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD4vWac9 ... re=related

She sounds sooooooo sexy !!!

Re: Brenda Lee

Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:53 pm

Robt wrote:Yeah but what about Jackie DeShannon :evil: You heard her version of "Oh Boy" ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss-eE9ETbes

and this is "I'm lookin for someone to love" -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFEkUw-M ... re=related

Finally this ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD4vWac9 ... re=related

She sounds sooooooo sexy !!!


Brenda's voice is the sexiest female voice I've ever heard.