Dave Barbour
American musician
Dave Barbour
Dave Barbour was an American musician. He was a jazz banjoist and guitarist, a pop songwriter, an actor, and the husband of Peggy Lee for nine years. Barbour was born in Long Island, New York started off as a banjoist with Adrian Rollini in 1933 and then Wingy Manone in 1934. He switched to guitar in the middle of the decade and played with Red Norvo in 1935-1936. He found much work as a studio musician and played in ensembles with Artie Shaw (1939), Lennie Hayton, Charlie Barnet (1945), Raymond Scott, Glenn Miller, Lou Holden, and Woody Herman (1949). He also recorded with Andre Previn in 1945. He played with Benny Goodman in 1942, and while a member of Goodman's ensemble, he fell in love with lead singer Peggy Lee, and the pair quit the group to marry in 1943. Soon after they moved to Los Angeles, Johnny Mercer put them to work as a songwriting team, and they wrote a number of Lee's hits, such as "MaƱana (Is Soon Enough for Me)" and "It's a Good Day". Barbour was an alcoholic and had domestic troubles with Lee; this eventually split apart their marriage, which ended in 1952. Dave Barbour and His Orchestra had the best-selling version (USA) of the peppy song "Mambo Jambo. " Barbour's remaining career was far less successful than Lee's (who would marry three more times). His songwriting royalties sustained him, as the tunes he co-wrote with Lee were covered by many hitmakers of the 1950s. He acted in the films The Secret Fury and Mr. Music, and occasionally performed, including with Benny Carter in 1962. He died in 1965 in Malibu Beach, California, aged 53. He is survived by his daughter by Peggy Lee, Nicki Lee Foster (born 1943).
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City Y salutes volunteers - Attleboro Sun Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Dave Barbour of the Attleboro YMCA and Attleboro DARE Officer Tom Wellman presented Drug Abuse Resistance Education awards to high school students who served as volunteer staff at the Y's Camp Finberg last summer in Norton during Wednesday evening's
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Monica Lewis recalls a life in the spotlight in her new autobiography - Bradenton Herald
Google News - almost 6 years
"He said, 'They are having an audition at 3 today for Benny Goodman because Peggy Lee eloped with Dave Barbour,' who was the guitarist. 'He needs someone to sing tonight. Can you be there? You have to go to the Astor roof.' I said, 'Yeah, I guess
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Monica Lewis sounds her 'Siren' - Los Angeles Times
Google News - almost 6 years
"He said, 'They are having an audition at 3 today for Benny Goodman because Peggy Lee eloped with Dave Barbour,' who was the guitarist. 'He needs someone to sing tonight. Can you be there? You have to go to the Astor roof.' I said, 'Yeah, I guess
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Queen of the Night
NYTimes - almost 11 years
FEVER The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee. By Peter Richmond. Illustrated. 449 pp. Henry Holt & Company. $30. To have experienced the sound and image of Peggy Lee in the 1950's and 60's was to be bewitched by the pop-jazz equivalent of a film noir femme fatale. Her soft, stealthy voice, always lingering behind the beat, hinted at secrets that
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Peggy Lee, Singer Whose Understated Style Kept Sizzling for Six Decades, Dies at 81
NYTimes - about 15 years
Peggy Lee, whose sultry singing style set standards for pop jazz sophistication for more than half a century, died on Monday night at her home in Los Angeles. She was 81. The cause was a heart attack, said her daughter, Nicki Lee Foster. Ms. Lee had surmounted many medical problems to continue performing until the last few years. She was billed
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Peggy Lee at 67: Still in the Swingtime of Her Life
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: As a shy, frightened little girl of 8 growing up in Jamestown, N.D., Peggy Lee had a childhood obsession: aviation. As a shy, frightened little girl of 8 growing up in Jamestown, N.D., Peggy Lee had a childhood obsession: aviation. ''I wanted to fly so badly,'' she recalled one afternoon last week over tea in a Manhattan hotel suite with a
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PEGGY LEE IS SET TO STAR IN A MUSICAL SHE WROTE
NYTimes - over 34 years
Everyone knows Peggy Lee. Peggy Lee the singer. Peggy Lee the songwriter. Peggy Lee the movie actress. Peggy Lee the painter. Peggy Lee the poet. Peggy Lee the composer. And now, Peggy Lee the playwright. To be followed by Peggy Lee the Broadway star. Next spring Miss Lee will make her Broadway debut in ''Peg,'' an autobiographical musical.
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PEGGY LEE SINGS TONIGHT AND MANANA
NYTimes - over 35 years
PEGGY LEE is making a rare appearance at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., where she is performing tonight and tomorrow evening with Tony Bennett. As might be expected, her program includes some of her hit songs: ''Fever,'' ''Is That All There Is?,'' ''Why Don't You Do Right?'' and a little taste of @''Manana.'' But one hit that she
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