Saturday, December 11, 2010
Birthday wishes go out today to Brenda Lee, the pint-sized rockabilly spitfire who was ironically one of the biggest recording artists of the 1950s and 1960s; she was just 13 years old in 1957* when she released her first pop single, Dynamite, which blew away all those who heard it as well as earning her the sobriquet 'Little Miss Dynamite'. Her signature tune, I'm Sorry, came out in 1960, by which time she was best known as a singer of such modern Christmas carols as Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.
I'm Sorry was produced by the legendary Owen Bradley, and proved that his Nashville Sound could and would bridge the gap between pop and country; the power of Brenda Lee's voice - as much as the clarity of her tone - would put her in an elite league with such consummate artists as Connie Francis and Patsy Cline.
*Making her just 66 years young today!
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