This Day in Georgia History
July 30, 1956
Eleven-year-old Brenda Mae Tarpley of Lithonia, Georgia, recorded “Jambalaya” - her first hit for Decca Records. Tarpley, better known as Brenda Lee, had been singing professionally since age six. During the 1960s, she recorded 29 hit songs, moving to country music in the early 1970s.