People will argue whether Brenda Lee or Connie Francis is the Top Selling Female singer of the 50s and 60s. We know one thing.. she’s no worse than Number 2.
Born Brenda Mae Tarpley, her career has been going strong since 1947. By the time she was fifteen, Lee was born on December 11, 1944, in Atlanta Georgia, Brenda Lee‘s recordings have been compared to the legendary Judy Garland and had fans all over the world. Along the way, she has received awards and accolades from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences MORE (THANKS TO BIOGRAPHY, A NICE ALTERNATIVE TO WIKAEPEDIA )
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Brenda Lee was one of the 1960s’ most popular artists. Best known for her “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” her career has spanned over five decades. Lee had the good fortune to meet and record with the great Nashville producer, Owen Bradley, who had also worked with Patsy cline. The clear, full stereo sound that resulted was like no other.Listen to one of her many hits on Decca Records, from ‘I’m Sorry’to ‘Jump The Broomstick,’which was a big hit in England but not in the US.
Youo’ll probably be hearing enough of ‘Rockin Around the Christmas Tree ‘over the holidays so we thought we’d go wtih this beautiful cover of Skeeter Davis’s ‘End of the World.’
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BRENDA LEE,
Happy Frank Sinatra Day today December 12 which would make Mr.Blue Eyes just two years short of 100. Probably the most popular ‘American Songbook Singer’of all time, the Sinatra story is well known, that of a hard-living singer, actor, playboy, Rat Packer and father of three talented artists in their own right who carried on with the best of them during the Big Band Era and into the ’90s. Sinatra would have his own record company, Reprise, where he’d record with many of his friends. He bult the iconic Cal Neva Hotel in Lake Tahoe , with its round bar and secret passage ways, among other of his life’s adventures. Here’s a mini – biography of Sinatra and some of his favorite quotes/words to live by….
1. Life: One day at a time
“I’m not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats. I’m not looking for the secret to life…. I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.”
2. Luck and talent
“People often remark that I’m pretty lucky. Luck is only important in so far as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.”
3. Notes and lyrics
“Throughout my career, if I have done anything, I have paid attention to every note and every word I sing – if I respect the song. If I cannot project this to a listener, I fail.”
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