Brenda Lee is the legendary & gifted purveyors of rockabilly, rock & roll, country and gospel music. Brenda Lee is the greatest music diva of the 1960s whose career has spanned more than five decades, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards.
Best remembered for her chart-topping songs including ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Dynamite’, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient still continues to influence musicians of all disciplines around the globe.
- Birthday: December 11, 1944 (age 73)
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- Nationality: American
- Profession: Singer
Brenda Lee Net Worth and Salary
Brenda Lee Net Worth: Brenda Lee is an American songstress with an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Brenda, who has never been anything but a music icon, remained at the forefront of pop success in the 60s and continues to record & perform even now.
Brenda could sing country, pop and rockabilly genre with equal conviction and her versatility as a singer has allowed her career of remarkable longevity.
The only female inductee into the Country Music & Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, her legacy into American music scene can be summarized with a few statistics. She has sold over 100 million records, recorded multiple albums, her songs have debuted & topped numerous charts worldwide. Plus, the year 2000 marked her 50th year in the show business.
- Net Worth: $20 million
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Brenda Lee Songs and Albums- Break It to Me Gently and I’m Sorry
Probably best known for the heartbroken balladeer of ‘Break It to Me Gently’ & ‘I’m Sorry’, her other notable songs include ‘That’s All You Gotta Do’ and ‘Jambalaya’. Brenda got her profession to start in the early 1950s and made incredible music that will last forever.
- 1950- At a young age of 6, her voice, stage presence along with pretty face helped her won a local singing contest
- 1955- Break into show business that February when she performed Hank Williams’ ‘Jambalaya’ for Red Foley’s touring followed by an appearance on Red’s ‘Ozark Jubilee’ that March
- 1956- At a tender age of 12, she signed a recording deal with Decca Records and released singles including ‘I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus’ and ‘Christy Christmas’
- 1957- Written by Hugh Ashley and performed by Brenda, the son ‘One Step at a Time’ cemented her reputation as a budding singer, becoming a hit in both country and pop genre followed by the hit single ‘Dynamite’
- (1958-1976)- Recorded almost extensively with producer Owen Bradley at his studio in Nashville
- 1959- Released her debut studio album called ‘Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang’
- 1960- In the process to establish herself as a leading artist, she released two albums, ‘Brenda Lee’ and ‘This Is… Brenda’ the same year and topped the charts with single called ‘I’m Sorry’
- 1974- Returning to her western & country roots, she recorded lyricist Kris Kristopherson’s 1st song called ‘Nobody Wins’, which peaked #10 on the Country Charts
- 1982- Her collaboration album, ‘The Winning Hand’ with artists, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Dolly Parton was a massive hit, peaking at the top 10 on the U.S. country album charts
- 1985- Duet with George Jone, she recorded ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’ which became an instant hit
- 1989- An appearance on K.D Lang’s album ‘Shadowland’ earned her yet another nomination for Grammy
- 1992- Over the ensuing years, she continued to perform & record around the world and that year recorded ‘You’ll Never Know’ with Willy DeVille for his album called ‘Loup Garou’
- 2000- Along with country music legends Charley Pride & Faron Young, she was one of three inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame
- 2002- Her autobiography called ‘Little Miss Dynamite: The Life and Times of Brenda Lee’ was released to the public
- 2007- Her last album, ‘Gospel Duets with Treasured Friends’ as of 2018 was released
- 2009- For her 5-decade long contributing to the music industry, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award
- 2017- Her famous Christmas classic, ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ which was recorded in 1958 surprisingly peaked at #37 on the U.S.A top billboard 100 list
Brenda Lee Age- Height and Body Measurements
Standing 4 feet 9 inches, Brenda Lee was dubbed ‘Little Miss Dynamite’. With her pure talent, petite built and natural beauty, it’s safe to say that she didn’t let his short stature stop her from having a huge career.
One of the most famous songstresses around, Brenda is yet another example of how good thing come in small package. Brenda’s ravishing beauty, energetic beauty, and sensual persona created a stir during the 60s and 70s.
- Height: 4 feet 9 in (145cm)
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The sophisticated songstress of brown eyes claimed 34-in bust, 26-in waist, and 32-in hip size when she debuted into the American music industry. Her blonde hair, mesmerizing vocal and sexy, demure tone defined her immense sex appeal.
However, the tide has turned and gone are the astounding beauty of her. It’s hard to believe that Brenda is 73! Seemingly, she has undergone plastic surgery to boot her beauty as her face looks surgically honed, showing a visible sign of going under the knife.
Currently living a retired life at her home in Nashville, she enjoys reading books and humming songs in her spare times.
Brenda Lee Husband- Ronnie Shacklett and Children
It’s not surprising musical prodigy Brenda Lee has been happily married for a long time. She and her husband, Ronnie Shacklett have enjoyed 55 long years of matrimony and counting!
Even though Brenda often sang about lost loves, her marriage to Ronnie has lasted more than five decades. While attending Jackie Wilson & Bo Diddley concert at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Coliseum in November 1962, Brenda met her future husband, Ronnie.
Very fond of each other since the start, she married him within six months they officially began dating, on April 24, 1963. The rest, as they say, is history!
Proud parents of two daughters, Jolie & Julie, today, the loving couple is a grandparent of three lives, Taylor, Jordan, and Charley.
- Parents: Annie Grayce Yarbrough and Ruben Tarpley
- Husband: Ronnie Shacklett (1963)
- Children: Jolie and Julie
- Marital Status: Married
Born Brenda Mae Tarpley as the daughter of farmer’s son Reuben Lindsey Tarpley and Georgia-native Annie Grace, she grew up in a poor family background where her parents’ would manage to support their children through laboring and carpentry.
At the young age of eight, her father tragically died in a construction accident. Brenda’s singing jobs became the necessity for the survival of her family. At the time, she would sing at baseball games and local halls.