Profile of the Day: Brenda Lee

Posted December 11, 2014 by Amanda | One Comment
Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee

Is the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” on your holiday playlist? Today, the voice behind the popular Christmas song, Brenda Lee, celebrates her 70th birthday!

She was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. She began singing at the age of two, earning candy and coins for singing at the local candy store, and won a singing contest at the age of 6. Her family was poor, and when her father died in 1943, Brenda had become the primary breadwinner of her family through her appearances at local singing events, and local radio and television shows.

During the 1960s, her career skyrocketed. She had numerous hits, including “I’m Sorry,” “All Alone Am I” and “Sweet Nothin’s.” But the best selling track of her career was the Christmas song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” which she recorded at the age of 13. Today, the song remains a standard track for the holidays.

What’s your favorite song?

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