Brenda Lee





12/11/1944 , Georgia

Birth Name

Brenda Mae Tarpley




Brenda was born in the charity ward of Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia to Grayce and Ruben Tarpley on December 11, 1944.

Before Brenda made a name for herself, her father was killed in a construction accident when a hammer was accidently dropped from a higher level and hit him. Brenda has a brother and 2 sisters. She graduated in 1963 from Hollywood High in California.

She met her husband Charles Ronnie Schacklett at a Jackie Wilson concert. They were married in April 1963. In 1964 Brenda gave birth to Julie and in 1969 she gave birth to Jolie. Brenda has two granddaughters and a grandson which she adores.

She lives in Nashville and is still making personal appearances. Her Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree is a favorite during the Christmas season.