I'm Sorry (1960)

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Brenda Lee (born Brenda Mae Tarpley December 11, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia.)

Brenda Lee was nicknamed "Little Miss Dynamite" (after her song "Dynamite") for her big voice and small size at 4 feet, 9 inches tall. She first began recording at the age of 11 in July 1956.

Along with Connie Francis she was one of the first female teen idols of the 1950s and 1960s. She is the only female to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

On March 28, 1960, following the success of her first hit, "Sweet Nothin's", 15-year-old Brenda Lee recorded "I'm Sorry". It was released 2 months later on May 30, 1960.

Chart position:
#1 (US).

It stayed in the Top 100 for over 6 months, becoming her first gold record and biggest selling record ever, selling over 1 million copies.

Though she was a country singer, the song never charted on the US Country singles chart.

It was #1 in the US for three weeks in July and August 1960. It was preceded at #1 by "Alley Oop" (The Hollywood Argyles) and succeeded by "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" (Brian Hyland).

Between 1957 and 1980, Lee had 41 charting singles.

The Top Ten Songs:
July 18, 1960 (US Billboard Hot 100).
  1. "I'm Sorry" (Brenda Lee)
  2. "Alley Oop" (Hollywood Argyles)
  3. "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" (Connie Francis)
  4. "Only The Lonely" (Roy Orbison)
  5. "Because They're Young" (Duane Eddy)
  6. "That's All You Gotta Do" (Brenda Lee)
  7. "Mule Skinner Blues" (Fendermen)
  8. "When Will I Be Loved" (Everly Brothers)
  9. "Tell Laura I Love Her" (Ray Peterson)
  10. "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" (Brian Hyland)
Written by: Dub Albritton and Ronnie Self (born July 5, 1938 in Tin Town, Missouri, died Aug 28, 1981 in Springfield, Missouri.)

Ronnie Self also wrote such songs as "Everybody Loves Me But You" and "Sweet Nothin's", both hits by Brenda Lee. Self was also a recording artist.

Music critic Bruce Eder wrote: "Why Ronnie Self never made it as a performer is one of the great mysteries and injustices of pop music history. He had the look and the sound - a mix of country, rockabilly and R&B that sometimes made him sound like a white Little Richard, but mostly like the young Elvis or Carl Perkins - and he wasn't lacking for good songs, which he mostly wrote himself."

"He should have been there, thought of in the same breath as Perkins or Jerry Lee Lewis; instead, he's a footnote in rock & roll history outside of Europe, where he's treated as a legend."

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