There is something unique about her voice. As an artist she is most known for “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” but she sang soo many other great songs. She was able to sing rockabilly, pop and country music, and had 37 US chart hits during the 1960s, a number surpassed only by Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Ray Charles and Connie Francis. She is best known for her 1960 hit “I’m Sorry”, and 1958’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, a US holiday standard for more than 50 years.
At 4 ft 9 inches tall, she received the nickname Little Miss Dynamite in 1957 after recording the song “Dynamite”; and was one of the earliest pop stars to have a major contemporary international following.
Lee’s popularity faded in the late 1960s as her voice matured, but she continued a successful recording career by returning to her roots as a country singer with a string of hits through the 1970s and 1980s. She is a member of the Rock and Roll, Country Music, Rockabilly and Hit Parade Halls of Fame. Lee currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
If you only know her as a Christmas fixture then I highly recommend you go out and pick up some of her music, she is really something.
Well, you’ve touched a sweet nerve here Hepcat. Right along side Connie, Little Miss Dynamite was & still is one of my all time favorites. And it makes me sad that some people only know her as a “Christmas fixture”. Her music was THE best – her voice really was extremely strong & beautiful. You just couldn’t sit down with her fast tunes and her ballads were absolutely gorgeous – sooooo romantic & you just HAD TO have a sweetheart to do the mooshy-gooshy-dancin-cheek-to-cheek with. I have a CD of her best songs (she never made a bad one) that I play at the store. She really gets the customers humming & bopping along! You & the Adorable Mz. Kitty simply MUST take swing dance lessons! Hey, we could have a “sock hop” at your place! *grin* Well, guess what I’ll be playing all day at the store today :- )
I love her voice too. She is a great singer. I think she is overlooked by a lot of folks who enjoy music from that era.