Brenda Lee Donates Memorabilia To Country Music Hall Of Fame
July 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM (PT)
Country great BRENDA LEE has given her lifetime of career memorabilia to the permanent collection at the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM. LEE’s gift is accompanied by a significant donation from PAT O’LEARY, BRENDA’s friend and long time fan. LEE made the announcement last week at an informal lunch celebrating the success of the exhibit “BRENDA LEE: Dynamite, Presented by GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY TELEVISION NETWORK,” a biographical salute that included the donated items. The exhibit closed in JUNE after a ten-month run.
Museum Director KYLE YOUNG said: “For almost 50 years, BRENDA’s five-star recordings and dynamic live performances transcended musical genres and continental borders and established her as an international cultural icon as well known in OSAKA as she is in NASHVILLE. These special and incredibly important gifts from BRENDA and PAT will help us to preserve LITTLE MISS DYNAMITE’s own story and many other Country music stories. With these treasures, BRENDA and PAT show us how both the past and the future should be respected in the present.”
The collection includes stage costumes, vintage photos, magazine cover stores in many languages, awards, show posters, advertisements, personal correspondence, a BRENDA LEE comic book and paper doll set, and career-spanning audio and video documenting the life and international impact of LEE, who earned her first chart hits at age 11.