Brenda Lee (album)

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Brenda Lee
Studio album by Brenda Lee
Released August 1, 1960
Recorded October 19, 1958 – March 28, 1960[1]
Genre Pop, Rockabilly, Nashville Sound
Label Decca
Producer Owen Bradley
Brenda Lee chronology
Grandma, What Great Songs You Sang!
(1959)
Brenda Lee
(1960)
This Is...Brenda
(1960)
Singles from Brenda Lee
  1. "Let's Jump the Broomstick"
    Released: April 1959
  2. "Sweet Nothin's"
    Released: September 1959
  3. "That's All You Gotta Do" / "I'm Sorry"
    Released: May 1960

Brenda Lee is the second studio album by American pop and country artist Brenda Lee. The album was released August 1, 1960 on Decca Records and was produced by Owen Bradley. The album's second single "Sweet Nothin's" became Lee's first major hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking within the Top 10. This was followed by the third single "I'm Sorry" released the following year that became her first single to top the Billboard Hot 100.

Background and content[edit]

Brenda Lee was prepared in four separate sessions between 1958 and 1960 all at the Bradley Film and Recording Studio. The first session took place October 19, 1958, followed by a second session on August 13, 1959, which was then proceeded by a third session March 27, 1960. The final session took place one day later on March 28, 1960.[1] Like her previous release, the album contained twelve tracks. Two tracks were stereo remakes of her earliest singles, her cover of Hank Williams's "Jambalaya", which was Lee's first single in 1956, and her 1957 single "Dynamite". The second track entitled "Weep No More Baby" was written by John D. Loudermilk and Marijohn Wilkin. The ninth track "That's All You Gotta Do" was written by country artist Jerry Reed, which was released as the B-side to Lee's 1960 single "I'm Sorry".[2]

The album was originally released in the U.S. in monaural (Decca DL 4039) and stereo (Decca DL 74039) versions on an LP record, containing six songs on the first side of the record and six songs on the opposite end.[3] The album has never been reissued on a compact disc in the United States, but it has been released in this format in Argentina and the United Kingdom.[2]

Release[edit]

The album's first single "Let's Jump the Broomstick" was released in April 1959. While it did not chart in the United States, the track did chart in the United Kingdom, peaking at #12 on the UK Singles Chart.[4] "Sweet Nothin's" was released as the album's official second single in September 1959, becoming her first single to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #4. In addition, the song also reached the same position on the UK Singles Chart.[4] The third and final single released was "I'm Sorry", which became Lee's first song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while also reaching #12 in the United Kingdom.[4] "I'm Sorry's" B-side also gained significant radio airplay in 1960 and the song entitled "That's All You Gotta Do" peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Both the songs "Sweet Nothin's" and "That's All You Gotta Do" also peaked within the Top 10 and 20 on the Billboard R&B music chart in 1960, reaching #12 and #19 respectively.[5] Brenda Lee was officially released on August 1, 1960, peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, becoming one of three albums released to peak within the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 list.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Dynamite" (Mort Garson, Tom Glazer) – 1:57
  2. "Weep No More Baby" (John D. Loudermilk, Marijohn Wilkin) – 3:00
  3. "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" (Hank Williams) – 2:42
  4. "(If I'm Dreaming) Just Let Me Dream" (Charles Singleton) – 2:49
  5. "Be My Love Again" (Chuck Taylor) – 2:37
  6. "My Baby Likes Western Guys" (Jackie Dee) – 2:13
Side two
  1. "Sweet Nothin's" (Ronnie Self) – 2:24
  2. "I'm Sorry" (Dub Albritten, Self) – 2:40
  3. "That's All You Gotta Do" (Jerry Reed) – 2:27
  4. "Heading Home" – 2:40
  5. "Wee Wee Willies" (Self) – 2:06
  6. "Let's Jump the Broomstick" (Chas Robbins) – 2:25

Personnel[edit]

Sales chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (1960) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 5
Singles
Year Song Peak chart positions
US
[5]
US R&B
[5]
UK
[4]
1959 "Let's Jump the Broomstick" 12
"Sweet Nothin's" 4 12 4
1960 "I'm Sorry" 1 12
"That's All You Gotta Do" 6 19
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

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