Brenda Lee

Brenda Mae Tarpley, aka Brenda Lee, was a well-known singing sensation who had created her fame by singing famous world-class songs on rockabilly, pop, country music, etc. She became famous at the end of 1958 after her song “Rockin around the Christmas.”

In 1960, she came up with a super hit song, “I’m sorry,” which led her way to the fourth position on the decade title’s music. She recorded her first song, “Dynamite,” at the age of 12, resulting in which she got a pet name “Little Miss Dynamite.” She was top of her career at that time. She started the female singing group’s trend that songs can be produced of two different genres simultaneously, i.e., she sang both rock and country music. This led her to a shelf of awards in her career.

Well, how well do you know about Brenda Lee? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Brenda Lee’s net worth in 2021, her age, height, weight, boyfriend, husband, kids, biography and complete details about her life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Brenda Lee to date.

Biography and Early Life

Brenda did not have a decent family condition. She was born in Grady Memorial Hospital that too in a charity ward. She was born in a small town of the United States named Atlanta, located in Georgia, on the 11th of December 1944. Her father’s name was Rueben Lindsey. Her mother’s name was Annie Grace.

They did not have a decent condition to raise and take care of a child, so Lee had to share a bed with her brother and sister. She used to hear music from a dc battery radio, and then she used to perform in the church. She started earning right when she was about three years old. Back then, her mother took her to a candy shop. She sang there and made money.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Brenda Lee in 2021 and what is her height and weight? Well, Brenda Lee’s age is 76 years old as of today’s date 2nd August 2021 having been born on 11 December 1944. Though, she is 4′ 9″ in feet and inches and 145 cm in Centimetres tall, she weighs about 121 lbs in Pound and 55 kg in Kilograms. Her eye color is Brown and hair color is Brown.


Even though Brenda belonged to a low-income family, her parents made sure she got proper education so that she could stand on her own feet. She joined Maplewood high school and completed her studies. She was very fond of music, so she used to save money from her earnings, and with that, she had finally joined the Hollywood Professional School.

Personal Life: Dating, Boyfriends, Husband, Kids

Brenda was married to a guy named Ronnie Shacklett. She met him at a concert in 1962, and within six months, they got married. Brenda and Ronnie were a couple of true love, and very soon, they had two daughters named Jolie and Julie. If we dig further into their family, she has three grandchildren. Brenda’s mother married again to Jay Rainwater in 1955 after her 1st husband died in 1953. Brenda’s new family settled in Cincinnati. Jay worked in a record store where Brenda used to sing songs and find jobs.

Professional Career

Brenda Lee started her minor career right from the age of 3. She heard music from a radio and then performed the same songs on the stage of the church. She started winning contests just when she began her schooling, i.e., at the age of six. She also won a live show on Atlanta radio which high schools also sponsored. She kept on winning both performances and the audience’s heart even after her father’s death.

Brenda was on top of her form from 1958 to 1966. Every song she sang or produced was a hit in those days. She started looking for songwriters and producers and got a job there. She started working on many singing projects and released them without her name. In an interview, she said she was very skeptical about the audience’s response and thus did not have her name printed on the song CDs.

Slowly she realized that her songs were well appreciated by the listeners and started coming into the media coverage. She produced some fantastic works. Her best song to date is Dynamite. The song is evergreen and has been replayed billions of times by listeners. She even got the nickname of Little Miss Dynamite.


Brenda Lee has a bucket full of awards for her great shows and events. She started being famous and popular right from childhood. Winning shows and events on a regular basis was a habit for her. She was nominated for best female pop voice in the Granny awards for the song “I’m Sorry”, but unfortunately, she did not win. But in the following years, she did participate in various shows and awards, and she did win a lot. She won the NME awards three consecutive times in a row after that.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Brenda Lee in 2021

As of 2021, Brenda Lee has a net worth of about $22 million. She has an estimated income of about three and a half million dollars annually. She also used to earn the right when she was young and participated in radio shows and other various events. As of now, there is no certain doubt that she is a trendy and successful lady. She even gets a royalty for the songs that she has sung in her active career.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

Despite having a big voice, Brenda had a small body structure. She recorded her super hit song “Rockin Around Christmas” at the age of thirteen. She used to run her family single-handedly after her father’s death. She was ten at that age. Opposites attract. While she stood only 4’9″, Brenda’s husband Ronnie Shacklett was long and lean 6’4″.

Brenda Lee was a very motivated, famous, and successful singer. She was known to be one of the wealthiest singers of that time. She used to earn for her family in difficult times. After her father’s death, she was the only earning member of her family. This gave her a lot of motivation and led her through her way of earning many awards.


Facts of Brenda Mae Tarpley

  • Gender Female
  • full nameBrenda Mae Tarpley
  • birthplaceAtlanta Georgia
  • Date of Birth December 11, 1944
  • Age 79 years 6 months
  • Horoscope Sagittarius
  • Lucky Number 5
  • Lucky Stone Turquoise
  • Lucky Color Orange
  • Best Match for Marriage Leo, Aquarius
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionChristian
  • net worth$22 million
  • professionSinger
  • weightIn Kilograms – 55 Kg, In Pounds – 121 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 145 cm, In Feet and Inches – 4′ 9″
  • hair colorBrown
  • eye colorBrown
  • high schoolMaplewood High School

Written by Joel S. Elkins

Bill Foley

Clayton Morris