Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree with Brenda Lee
Bruce Cameron...........................Brenda Lee
In the first part of this week's episode Jon Patch welcomes W. Bruce Cameron, best-selling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. Jon and Bruce talk about Bruce's book, The Dogs of Christmas.
Later on in the show, Jon chats with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and top-charting female vocalist of the 1960s, Brenda Lee. Brenda talks about her song, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree and Parade of Trees, an attraction at the Gaylord Opryland Resort to raise money for charity.
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W. Bruce Cameron
W. Bruce Cameron is the bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose, (a USA Today bestseller that also spent a year on the New York Times bestseller list with a movie by Dreamworks in the works), and its New York Times and USA Today bestselling sequel, A Dog’s Journey. A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey have been absolute success stories with over 325,000 “Likes” on the A Dog’s Purpose Facebook Fan page and countless readers who have fallen in love with their moving tales. He’s also the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which was turned into the hit ABC series; Emory’s Gift, and The Dogs of Christmas, which Fox 2000 recently acquired the rights for producer Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen's Temple Hill (Twilight, The Fault in Our Stars). He has written for television and wrote, along with his wife and co-writer Cathryn Michon, the feature film Muffin Top: A Love Story, which will be released in 2014. Cameron was also named 2011 Newspaper Columnist of the year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.
Born Brenda Mae Tarpley on December 11, 1944, in Atlanta Georgia, Brenda Lee's recording career has been going strong since 1947. By the time she was fifteen, Lee was being compared to the legendary Judy Garland and had fans all over the world. Along the way, she has received awards and accolades from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
It was the mid 1960's, and the Beatles had taken over the North American music scene. Her longtime manager and father figure Dub Allbritten died. Brenda became depressed and could not find a place for herself in the music industry that she loved so much. And the years on the road caught up with her. In 1974, Brenda was rushed to hospital with life threatening blood clots. Emergency surgery saved her life. Eventually, Brenda returned to her country and western roots. In late 1974, she recorded songwriter Kris Kristopherson's first song, "Nobody Wins." It hit the top ten on the Country Charts, and Brenda was back on top with a string of C&W hits. She received awards and accolades from The Georgia Music Hall of Fame and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Brenda continued to perform and tour at a relentless pace. Her 1989 appearance on K.D. Lang's album Shadowland gave her yet another Grammy nomination. In 1998, Owen Bradley died, and Brenda was completely devastated. She mustered every fiber in her being to sing "There Will Be Peace In the Valley" at his funeral. In 1999, Brenda was diagnosed with cysts on her vocal chords. Facing surgery that may permanently damage her vocal chords, Brenda chose instead to take time off and rest. Although not cured, the damage has been halted. Still married to her loving Ronnie and with her children close by, Brenda continues to sing her heart out for audiences all over the world. She is still "Little Miss Dynamite."