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Brenda Lee facts: Singer’s age, net worth, husband and children revealed

Brenda Lee born Brenda Mae Tarpley is an American singer. Primarily performing rockabilly, pop, country and Christmas music.

She achieved her first Billboard hit aged 12 in 1957 and was given the nickname “Little Miss Dynamite”.

During her career, Brenda Lee has sold over 100 million records globally, making her one of the most successful American artists of the 20th century.

Some of Lee’s most successful songs include “Losing You,” “Sweet Nothin’s,” “Speak to Me Pretty,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Amazingly, Brenda was just 13 years old when she recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in 1958. The song continues to be extremely popular even decades later.

It actually topped the US “Billboard” Hot 100 in 2023, making Lee the oldest artist ever to top the chart.

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Brenda Lee age

Brenda Lee is 78 years old as 2023. She was born on December 11, 1944 in the charity ward of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents Annie Grayce and Ruben Lindsey Tarpley.

She grew up quite poor as her father was often seeking work between Atlanta and Augusta.. As a child, she shared a bed with her brother and sister in series of houses that typically lacked running water.

The family did regularly attend local Baptist churches where she began singing solos every Sunday. At the age of five, she won first place at her school’s talent show contest, where she sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

When Lee was 8 years old, her father died in a construction accident. Over the next couple years, Lee became the primary breadwinner in her family, as she began earning an income from singing and entertaining.

Her mother remarried in 1955 and the family relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lee regularly appeared on the country music show “TV Ranch” in Atlanta by the time she was 9 years old. After the family moved to Cincinnati, Lee began performing at the Jimmie Skinner Music Center where her stepfather worked.

Shortly afterward, the family moved back to Georgia where Lee continued making regular radio appearances. Her breakthrough came in February 1955 when she performed on “Ozark Jubilee” singing “Jambalaya.”

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Brenda Lee net worth

Brenda Lee’s net worth is estimated to be around $20 million as of 2023, According to

She has primarily amassed this wealth through her successful singing career, spanning several decades and resulting in the release of numerous hit songs.

Brenda Lee net husband

Brenda Lee’s husband is Ronnie Shacklett, also known as Charles Ronald. He is a businessman who owns a company that renovates fire-damaged homes. He met Brenda Lee at a concert in Nashville in 1962 and married her in 1963.

Brenda Lee children

Brenda Lee has two daughters with her husband Ronnie Shacklett. Their names are Jolie and Julie.

Jolie was born in 1969 and Julie was born in 1977. Julie was named after Patsy Cline’s daughter, who was Brenda Lee’s close friend and fellow country singer.

Brenda Lee’s daughters are now grown up and have given her three grandchildren: Taylor, Jordan, and Charley


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