Born in Atlanta 76 years ago today, Brenda Lee is one of the first international pop stars. At 4’9" (145 cm), she earned the nickname "Miss Dynamite" when she recorded the song "Dynamite" when she was just 12 years old. She recorded "Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree" the following year. It was written by Johnny Marks, who also wrote "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas." It was Marks who wanted Brenda to sing it. She was backed by some of Nashville’s finest musicians: Hank Garland and Harold Bradley on guitar, Floyd Cramer on piano, Homer "Boots" Randolph on tenor saxophone, Bob Moore on bass, and Buddy Harman on drums. It reached #2 on the Hot 100 and the Holiday 100 and is a perennial favorite. in 2008, when the song turned 50, it had sold 25 million copies and was the 4th most frequently downloaded song.
And a happy birthday to my brother Jim, who was a year old when the song was recorded!