Brenda Lee

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Brenda Mae Tarpley (born December 11, 1944), known as Brenda Lee, is an American performer and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1960s. She sang rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s, and is ranked fourth in that decade surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Ray Charles. She is best known for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry", and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", a US holiday standard for more than 50 years.

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Filmography

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Selected Brenda Lee film and TV show credits.

Acting Credits

1980
Nice Lady

1961
Tina Davis

1955
Navy Log (1955) (TV Show)
Korean Girl

1953
Make Room for Daddy (1953) (TV Show)
Janine Poloka

1951
The Red Skelton Hour (1951) (TV Show)
Guest

Soundtrack Credits

2012
Call the Midwife (2012) (TV Show)
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2012
Moeder, ik wil bij de revue
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2011
American Horror Story (2011) (TV Show)
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2010
Rock & Chips (2010) (TV Show)
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2010
Regular Show (2010) (TV Show)
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2009
An Education (2009)
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2009
Lokakuun valoa (TV Movie)
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2008
Step Brothers (2008)
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2008
Crook & Chase (2008) (TV Show)
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2007
Expired (2007)
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2007
Chuck (2007) (TV Show)
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2007
Damages (2007) (TV Show)
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2007
Gavin & Stacey (2007) (TV Show)
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2006
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2006
The Holiday (2006)
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2005
Domino (2005)
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2005
The Zodiac (2005)
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2004
Miracle (2004)
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2004
Lost (2004) (TV Show)
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2003
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2003
Reeseville (2003)
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2003
Undermind (2003)
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2003
Cold Case (2003) (TV Show)
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2003
Two and a Half Men (2003) (TV Show)
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2002
Less Than Perfect (2002) (TV Show)
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2002
Monk (2002) (TV Show)
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2002
The Wire (2002) (TV Show)
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2001
Joy Ride (2001)
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2001
Tape (2001)
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2000
Burnt Money (2000)
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2000
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1999
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1998
Jerry and Tom (1998)
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1998
A Bright Shining Lie (1998) (TV Movie)
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1997
The Locusts (1997)
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1996
Trees Lounge (1996)
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1996
7th Heaven (1996) (TV Show)
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1996
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996) (TV Show)
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1995
Casino (1995)
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1995
Tommy Boy (1995)
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1994
ER (1994) (TV Show)
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1994
Florida Lady (TV Show)
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1994
C'était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues
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1993
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1993
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1993
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1991
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1990
Dick Tracy (1990)
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1990
Home Alone (1990)
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1987
Dolly (1987) (TV Show)
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1985
Marie (1985)
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1985
UFOria (1985)
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1985
EastEnders (1985) (TV Show)
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1985
The Winning Hand (TV Movie)
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1983
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1982
Missing (1982)
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1982
The Loveless (1982)
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1980
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1969
The Johnny Cash Show (1969) (TV Show)
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1963
Ready, Steady, Go! (1963) (TV Show)
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1961
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1953
Make Room for Daddy (1953) (TV Show)
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Quotes

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List of Brenda Lee quotes.

A lot of people thought I'd died, because of your coverage, they know I'm still around.


I've spent an awful lot of my time in the air. I've had everything happen to me in a plane that could happen. Except a crash.


I wasn't aware of it at the time, but I was a big favorite with the Mafia.


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Magazine issues featuring Brenda Lee on the cover.
  • Brenda Lee - Goldmine Magazine Cover [United States] (15 March 1996)
  • Brenda Lee - Ecran Magazine [Chile] (3 October 1961)

Dating History

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List of Brenda Lee relationships, in date order.

Albums

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List of albums by Brenda Lee, including album cover photos.

Songs

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List of top 10 songs by Brenda Lee.
Song TitleYear Released *Song Rank
I'm Sorry 1960 33,034
Sweet Nothin's 1960 61,633
Break It To Me Gently 1991 59,979
Frosty The Snowman 1999 120,004
Dynamite 1960 84,417
I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus 1995 125,040
Jingle Bell Rock 1999 20,112
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree 2011 24,079
All Alone Am I 1963 97,803
I Want To Be Wanted 2006 137,949
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)

First NameBrenda
Middle NameMae
Last NameLee
Maiden NameTarpley
Full Name at BirthBrenda Mae Tarpley
Age69
Date of BirthDecember 11, 1944
BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia
Height4' 9" (145 cm)
BuildAverage
Hair ColorDyed Blonde
Star SignSagittarius
SexualityStraight
EthnicityWhite
NationalityAmerican
OccupationSinger
Occupation CategorySinger
Claim to FameRockin` Around the Christmas Tree
Music GenreCountry
Music StylePop/Rock, Rock & Roll, Country-Pop, Rockabilly, Early Pop/Rock, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, AM Pop
Music MoodCarefree, Exuberant, Cheerful, Confident, Brash, Boisterous, Plaintive, Restrained, Aggressive, Poignant, Rousing, Gentle, Playful, Passionate, Wistful, Energetic, Dramatic, Lively, Fun
InstrumentVocals
FatherRuben Tarpley
MotherAnnie Grayce Yarbrough

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