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This Day in Georgia History

September 24, 1997

Brenda Lee Inducted Country Music Hall of Fame

Singer Brenda Lee was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. Born Brenda Mae Tarpley in Grady Hospital on Dec. 11, 1944, she grew up in Lithonia. By age 5, she was a regular singer at her grandfather’s church. By age 16, she was a popular music sensation with such million-sellers as “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Sweet Nothings,” and “I’m Sorry.” By age 30, Lee had switched to country music and was living in Nashville. However, even today, she considers Georgia her home.

To view an image of Brenda Lee, see the Digital Library of Georgia.