Lee wasn’t merely portraying a little girl; she genuinely was one. Starting at a young age, she fearlessly belted out songs that showcased a wisdom beyond her years. Despite her petite frame, her vocals exuded the depth of a seasoned woman who had experienced life’s ups and downs.
A television appearance from the 1950s captured Lee’s rendition of her hit song “Rock the Bop.” The video showcased an astonishingly poised and mature-sounding Lee. With her soulful and bluesy performance, she effortlessly unleashed raspy growls, displaying her undeniable talent.
Dubbed “Little Miss Dynamite,” Lee navigated a challenging industry during a time when reality competitions for young performers did not exist. Competing against grown women, she secured her major breakthrough at the age of 10.
Impressed by her performance, country singer Red Foley invited her to appear on his popular show, Ozark Jubilee. From that moment, the nickname stuck with her throughout her life