In this candid autobiography, Lee recounts her astonishingly dramatic life, filled with early poverty, tragic deaths, a nonexistent childhood, a controlling manager, young elopement, illnesses, barely averted financial disaster, and one of show business's most durable marriages. Brenda's life has touched some of the most legendary names in the annals of entertainment, from Elvis Presley to Elton John. It's a tumultuous life, sprinkled with humour, heartache, and hope. And yet, the real story here is that she is in many ways an everywoman.
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Brenda Lee is one of the most famous and popular female recording stars of all time. She has co-written more than a dozen songs, has writen a volume of poetry, and is the author of a popular cookbook. Brenda has recently been elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Co-author Robert K. Oermann is a journalist, music historian, and television producer. He serves on the board of the Recording Academy and is editor-at-large of Country Music and a weekly columnist for Music Row. He has published more than 2,000 articles in over 100 national publications, including USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Us magazine, TV Guide, and The Washington Post. He has produced and/or annotated more than sixty historical reissue albums. This is his seventh book.
Julie Clay is the author of the short story collection The Stars that Shine and serves as a contributing editor to several national lifestyle magazines. With an extensive background in advertising and public relations, she previously served as Executive Director of the Nashville Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. An accomplished pianist and songwriter, she is Brenda Lee's oldest daughter.
Brenda Lee is one of those inescapable musical personalities known primarily for a seasonal hit record no longer than two minutes long yet still a recognizable name 40 years after its release. That hit, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," was recorded when she was only 16 and remains a joyous expression of rock's formative years. With Oermann, editor at large for Country Music magazine, and Clay, the singer's daughter, Lee fleshes out her years in the entertainment business. Born in a Georgia tarpaper shack, she quickly became a child star among the musical elite of her time and suffered the usual show business pitfalls a bad manager, brushes with financial ruin, and illness. Unfortunately, the details of Lee's first-rate rockabilly recordings of the early 1960s are largely passed over in favor of more sensationalistic matters. After her brief pop career, Lee made a big name for herself in country music, so libraries in the South may experience demand. Popular music collections with concentrations on women in music can consider, but others will probably pass. Caroline Dadas, Hickory Hills, IL
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