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Brenda Lee

1944

Brenda Mae Tarpley (a.k.a. Brenda Lee) is born in Lithonia, Georgia.

1956

Brenda Lee signs with Decca Records.

1956

Brenda Lee releases her first single, “Jambalaya” b/w “Bigelow 6-200.” She is eleven years old.

1958

Brenda Lee records with producer Owen Bradley at his Nashville studio for the first time. He will remain her producer for the next 18 years.

1958

Brenda Lee cuts the seasonal standard “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” It fails to chart upon its initial release but does make the charts as a re-release in three subsequent Decembers

1959

Brenda Lees opens the first night of what will turn out to be an eight-week stand at Paris’s Olympia Music Hall, thereby introducing the fourteen-year-old singer to a rabid international audience.

1959

Brenda Lee’s first big hit, “Sweet Nothin’s,” is released. It will enter the Top Forty that December and peak at #4 in April 1960.

1960

“I’m Sorry,” by Brenda Lee, tops the singles chart for the first of three weeks.

1960

“I Want to Be Wanted,” by Brenda Lee, hits #1 – her second chart-topper in three months.

1963

Brenda Lee’s twelfth and final Top Ten pop hit, “Losin’ You,” enters the charts.

1973

“Nobody Wins,” by Brenda Lee, enters the Hot 100. It is the last time she’ll crack the pop chart, but the song becomes a #1 country hit.

1974

“Big Four Poster Bed,” the latest in a growing string of country hits, is released. Since 1957, Lee has charted hit singles in nearly every year – and is not yet 30 years old.

1988

‘Shadowland,’ by k.d. lang, is released. It features the Grammy-nominated “Honky Tonk Angels’ Medley,” with vocal contributions from Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells.

1997

Brenda Lee is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at age 52.

2002

Brenda Lee is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the seventeenth annual induction dinner. Jewel is her presenter.