‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ with Brenda

Brenda Lee has been “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” for almost 50 years and says she never tires of the holiday classic.

Lee during a recent interview said that well-written songs are easy to sing and they stand the test of time. She said recording the song when she was just 13 was a lot of fun. It was in the summer, so they turned down the air conditioning to make the studio chilly and famed Nashville producer Owen Bradley set up a Christmas tree to get her into the holiday mood.

She recorded “Sweet Nothin’s” and some of her other early hits in the same session. “Rockin'” was released as a single in ’58 and again in ’59 before it finally took off in 1960 in the wake of her Number One smash “I’m Sorry”, one of the first songs in Nashville with a string section, ushering in the “Nashville Sound.”

Lee is now 62 and still goes by the nickname “Little Miss Dynamite.” After her interview, she gamely posed with the staff in front of a Christmas tree. A nice gesture for a star bright enough to shine in both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

So far this year, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” has been played 19-thousand-586 times on radio through Tuesday, according to licensing agency ASCAP.

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