Little Miss Dynamite: the life and times of Brenda Lee

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It's a life that seems destined for a country ballad: Born in the red clay backwoods of Georgia in a tarpaper shack, the daughter of a drunk who couldn't pay for the clothes on her back. But she had the voice of an angel, and before she could drive, she was a national recording star, supported an extended family of ne'er-do-wells, and smiled all the while.

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. All the while, "the little girl with the great big voice" kept on singing. Brenda's life has touched some of the most legendary names in the annals of entertainment, from Elvis Presley to Elton John. But her great big voice, filled with courage, determination, and passion, is all her own. No one said it better than John Lennon, who declared that Brenda Lee "has the greatest rock and roll voice of them all".

It's tumultuous life, sprinkled with humor, heartache, and hope, full of real emotional highs and lows. And yet, the real story here is that she is in many ways an Everywoman. This is a mother, a wife, a friend. Meet Brenda Lee.

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Singer Lee takes an amiable ramble through her half-century (plus some) in American popular music. And she's still in her 50s. This musical prodigy was singing professionally at 7, recording for Decca ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review


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Lee is one of the most famous and popular female recording stars of all time. She has recently been elected to the Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Dubbed "the dean of Nashville's entertainment journalists," Robert K. Oermann writes two weekly columns for Music Row magazine and has been published in more than 100 other national periodicals. His seven books to date include the award-winning Finding Her Voice and A Century of Country. He has penned liner notes for more than 100 albums and boxed-set productions, and has scripted and/or directed television specials and documentaries for CMT, CBS, PBS, the BBC, TBS, TNN and others. He is the chairman of the country committee for the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and serves on the Hall of Fame and awards committees for the Country Music Association (CMA).

Clay is an accomplished pianist and songwriter. She is the daughter of Brenda Lee.