|BRENDA LEE & HER TLC
December 18, 2015 - Brenda Lee / Elvis Express Radio
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One of Brenda Lee's favorite gifts is one she received nearly 60 years ago from Elvis Presley.
Every year, there are piles of presents under Brenda Lee's Christmas tree, but one of her favorite gifts is one she received years ago.
Elvis Presley presented Lee with a “TLC”—“Tender Loving Care”—necklace that the rocker occasionally gave to his female friends. (Elvis’ male friends and colleagues received
similar jewelry, only their pendants included the letters “TCB,” which stood for “Taking Care of Business.” One of those TCB necklaces is currently on display at the Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum in “Flyin’ Saucers Rock and Roll,” an exhibit paying tribute to producer Sam Phillips.)
Lee’s TLC necklace is on display next to a photo of her and Presley taken backstage at the Ryman Auditorium in December 1957, the night of Lee’s Grand Ole Opry debut. She
had just turned 13; he was 22, and they’d both go on to have legendary careers.
After that night at the Ryman, the two became friends and would remain so until Presley passed away in 1977. For Lee, the framed necklace and photo are daily reminders of her
dear friend. Her favorite thing about Presley was “his loyalty” to his family, friends and fans.
“He never lost that Southern, genteel, gentlemanly persona. Of course, that came from Miss Gladys (Presley’s mother),” Lee explained. “I loved that about him. He was that way to
The Tennessean is celebrating 12 Days of Brenda Lee this year. Visit Tennessean.com/music every day through Dec. 25 to see videos of “Little Miss Dynamite” sharing memories
from her career and her favorite holiday traditions.