Brenda Lee São Paulo, Only woman inducted into both Rock and Roll, Country Music Halls of Fame
Brenda Lee São Paulo was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11, 1944, in Atlanta. Brenda sang from the time she could talk. One of her earliest memories is performing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at one of her father's baseball games. At four, Brenda Lee got her first taste of success when she won the top prize in her older sister's school talent show. Within days, Brenda was singing on a local radio station.
Brenda Lee received the nickname "Little Miss Dynamite" in 1957 when she was 12, after recording the song "Dynamite" and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following.
Though Lee first album was not commercially successful, she continued to appear on network television and became known nationally. She even became the youngest headliner ever at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
Lee achieved her biggest success on the pop charts in the late 1950s through the mid-1960s with rockabilly and rock and roll-styled songs. Her biggest hits included "Jambalaya", "Sweet Nothin's", "I Want to Be Wanted", "All Alone Am I" and "Fool #1".
During the early 1970s, Lee re-established herself as a country music artist and earned a string of top ten hits in the United States on the country charts. The first was 1973's "Nobody Wins", which reached the top five that spring and became her last Top 100 pop hit, peaking at No. 70.
On September 26, 1986, Brenda Lee was installed in the Atlanta Music Hall of Fame 5th Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Raddison Inn, Atlanta, GA.