Little Brenda Lee (9 Years Old). Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (7", Single, Promo). Little Brenda Lee (9 Years Old). Bigelow 6-200, Jambalaya (Shellac, 10").
Brenda Lee was little more than 11 and a half years old when, after signing with Decca Records during a DJ conference, she went into the Bradley Recording Studio in Nashville for her first session, with her reputation as a singing prodigy preceding her. Legend has it that Brenda Mae Tarpley, as she’d been born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1944, was singing for candy or coins by the time she was three. Decades of pop and country success, and international stardom, were the result. Brenda Lee’s debut single ‘Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ is on Classic Brenda Lee - The Universal Masters Collection, which can be bought here. Follow the official Brenda Lee Best Of playlist.
A. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) Written-By – Hank Williams. B. Bigelow 6-200 Written-By – Don.
Interpret: Brenda Lee. Album titlle: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree b-w Papa Noel 7inch, 45rpm. Her first Nashville session that July included the rocking Bigelow 6-200 and a rousing reprise of Hank Williams’ Jambalaya (On The Bayou) that Cohen paired as her debut single. Although she usually recorded in Nashville under the direction of Cohen and Owen Bradley, Brenda’s first hit in 1957, the jumping One Step At A Time, was done at New York’s cavernous Pythian Temple under Milt Gabler’s supervision. Brenda was a little pro. She was way ahead of her time. At 12, 13 years old, she just reared back and sang like the dickens, said the late Randolph. She had a knack about her-I don t know if she would mimic somebody, or was just letting it all hang out. That little gal could sing, and she hung in there.
Brenda Lee was born Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11, 1944, to parents Annie Grace (née Yarbrough) and Reuben Lindsey Tarpley. Lee was born in the charity ward of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She weighed 4 pounds 11 ounces at birth. Lee attended grade schools wherever her father found work, primarily between Atlanta and Augusta. Neither of the 1956 releases charted, but her first issue in 1957, "One Step at a Time", written by Hugh Ashley, became a hit in both the pop and country fields. Her next hit, "Dynamite", coming out of a 4 ft 9 inch frame, led to her lifelong nickname, Little Miss Dynamite.