Peggy Lee
Singer, actress
Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs.
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Theater Talkback: Remembering Jerry Leiber, a Reluctant Pioneer of the Jukebox ... - New York Times (blog)
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They had written for Elvis and the Coasters and the Drifters, of course, but also for raucous Big Mama Thornton (early) and sultry Peggy Lee (late). They'd gotten bored with teenage angst and moved on to the art song. There was an amazing breadth of
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Free Showers Offered As Power, Service Still Out - WNEP-TV
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It's day two of the recovery effort from Hurricane Irene and tens of thousands are still without power. Utility companies say it could be days before service is fully restored. While work is happening, several schools in our area are
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PPL Scrambling As Thousands Still Without Power - WNEP-TV
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Tens of thousands of people are still in dark Monday night throughout northeastern Pennsylvania as utility crews are scrambling to restore service. PPL said this is the second most damaging storm it has dealt with in 20 years and the
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Notable deaths around nation, world as of Aug. 28, 2011 - OregonLive.com (blog)
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Artists from Elvis Presley to Peggy Lee scored hits with their tunes. Jerry Leiber, 78, of Los Angeles, who wrote lyrics for such hits as "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock," died Aug. 22 of cardiopulmonary failure. He and composer Mike Stoller channeled
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No Action, More Talk at Jackson Hole - Barron's
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That question seems all the more apropos with the passing this week of Jerry Lieber, who along with his long-time songwriting partner, Mike Stoller, wrote the song that became a hit for Peggy Lee in the
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Fundraiser for New Home for Injured Marine - WNEP-TV
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Dozens of people came out to a fundraiser in Schuylkill County to help a wounded Marine. The young man lost both legs during a tour in Afghanistan. Retired Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Jeremy Austin is hoping to get into a specialized home
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Jerry Leiber of songwriting team Leiber and Stoller dies at 78 - Los Angeles Times
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Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Leiber and his lifelong writing partner, Stoller, wrote hits that included Elvis Presley's rat-a-tat-tat rendition of "Hound Dog" in 1956 and Peggy Lee's ... - -
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Hobo International Peggy - StyleBistro
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I assume that Hobo International's Peggy was named for Peggy Lee; it's screaming to be worn with an evening gown and some silk gloves. While undeniably mid-century inspired, I'm glad Hobo went with this more saturated fuchsia rather than a predictable
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Victim Of Juvenile Crime Reacts To State Compensation - WNEP-TV
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More than a hundred people victimized by juveniles, but who later had their convictions vacated will now see some type of monetary relief. The convictions were vacated in the fall-out over the county's corrupt juvenile justice system
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Save the Music, Music, Music! - Huffington Post (blog)
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From the top: A vote goes to Peggy Lee's If You Go, conducted by genius musician-arranger Quincy Jones, with its breathy version of the rogue-y Hoagy Carmichael's "I Get Along Without You Very Well." My first copy was a gift from a platinum-blonde hair
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Children Injured in School Van Crash - WNEP-TV
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Scranton police said four children with special needs were taken to the hospital after a crash caused the van they were riding in to flip on its side. The van driver said he was taking students home from a school summer
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Renovated Foreclosed Home Gets New Family and New Life - WNEP-TV
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A family in Monroe County is settling into their new home in Mount Pocono thanks to the efforts of the county's branch of Habitat for Humanity. The house was unveiled Monday afternoon for the family but this project was unique
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'Life' lets Chita Rivera down - The Journal News | LoHud.com
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In 1983, the legendary singer Peggy Lee came to Broadway with an autobiographical musical called "Peg." It was so bad that it closed after five performances. The adulation that Broadway types reserve for Chita Rivera, at 72 one of the last great
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Review: Retro set from Irishwoman Imelda May - Hutchinson News
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"Mayhem" includes hints of Elvis, Gene Vincent, Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Peggy Lee as May sings rockabilly, country and cocktail lounge ballads. This is music as timeless as Brylcreem. Still, May performs with undeniable flair, and her versatile
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Audiences Are Hooked! On Lucy Woodward: Charismatic Vocalist's Latest CD ... - PR Newswire (press release)
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But comparisons to Bette Midler and Peggy Lee aside, Lucy has been turning heads and drawing high praise from a completely new and hard-to-impress audience, with fans of the superstar band, Pink Martini. Performing across Canada and America at
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peggy Lee
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 81
    After suffering years of poor health, Lee died of complications from diabetes and a heart attack on January 21, 2002, at the age of 81.
    More Details Hide Details She was cremated and her ashes were buried in a bench-style monument in The Garden of Serenity of the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles' Westwood, Los Angeles, California neighborhood. On her marker in a garden setting is inscribed, "Music is my life's breath."
  • 1999
    Age 78
    In 1999 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, "There'll Be Another Spring: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee" was held at Carnegie Hall. Produced by recording artist Richard Barone, the sold-out event included performances by Cy Coleman, Debbie Harry, Nancy Sinatra, Rita Moreno, Marian McPartland, Chris Connor, Petula Clark, and others. In 2004 Barone brought the event to a sold-out Hollywood Bowl, and then to Chicago's Ravinia Festival, with expanded casts including Maureen McGovern, Jack Jones and Bea Arthur. The Carnegie Hall concert was broadcast on NPR's "Jazz Set". Autobiography Biography Album liner notes Film Television
    In 1999 Lee was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 48
    Lee was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
    More Details Hide Details Lee is a recipient of North Dakota's Rough Rider Award; the Pied Piper Award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); the Presidents Award, from the Songwriters Guild of America; the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement, from the Society of Singers; and the Living Legacy Award, from the Women's International Center.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 36
    In 1957, Lee guest starred on the short-lived ABC variety program, The Guy Mitchell Show.
    More Details Hide Details Lee was married four times; each marriage ended in divorce: In addition to owning a Sparks, Nevada restaurant called the 50 Yard Line, Miss Lee continued to perform into the 1990s, sometimes in a wheelchair.
    From 1957 until her final disc for the company in 1972, she produced a steady stream of two or three albums per year which usually included standards (often arranged quite differently from the original), her own compositions, and material from young artists.
    More Details Hide Details In 1952, Lee starred opposite Danny Thomas in The Jazz Singer (1952) a Technicolor remake of the early Al Jolson part-talkie film The Jazz Singer (1927). Lee played an alcoholic blues singer in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Lee did the speaking and singing voices for several characters in Disney's Lady and the Tramp (1955): she played the human "Darling" (in the first part of the movie), the dog "Peg", and the two Siamese cats "Si and Am".
  • 1953
    Age 32
    Her relationship with the Capitol label spanned almost three decades, aside from her brief but artistically rich detour (1952–1956) at Decca Records, where in 1953 she recorded one of her most acclaimed albums, Black Coffee.
    More Details Hide Details While recording for Decca, Lee had hit singles with the songs "Lover" and "Mister Wonderful". In her 60-year-long career, Lee was the recipient of three Grammy Awards (including the Lifetime Achievement Award), an Academy Award nomination, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award, the President's Award, the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Living Legacy Award from the Women's International Center.
  • 1952
    Age 31
    She left Capitol for Decca Records in 1952, but returned to Capitol in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details She is most famous for her cover version of the Little Willie John hit "Fever" written by Eddie Cooley and John Davenport, to which she added her own, uncopyrighted lyrics ("Romeo loved Juliet," "Captain Smith and Pocahontas") and her rendition of Leiber and Stoller's "Is That All There Is? ".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 27
    In 1948 Lee joined Perry Como and Jo Stafford as a rotating host of the NBC Radio musical program The Chesterfield Supper Club.
    More Details Hide Details She was also a regular on NBC's Jimmy Durante Show and appeared frequently on Bing Crosby's radio shows throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s.
    In 1948, Lee's work was part of Capitol's library of electrical transcriptions for radio stations.
    More Details Hide Details An ad for Capitol Transcriptions in a trade magazine noted that the transcriptions included "special voice introductions by Peggy."
    With the release of the US No. 1-selling record of 1948, "Mañana", her "retirement" was over.
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  • 1947
    Age 26
    So she drifted back to songwriting and occasional recording sessions for the fledgling Capitol Records in 1947, for whom she produced a long string of hits, many of them with lyrics and music by Lee and Barbour, including "I Don't Know Enough About You" (1946) and "It's a Good Day" (1947).
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  • 1943
    Age 22
    In March 1943 Lee married Dave Barbour, a guitarist in Goodman's band.
    More Details Hide Details Lee said, "David joined Benny's band and there was a ruling that no one should fraternize with the girl singer. But I fell in love with David the first time I heard him play, and so I married him. Benny then fired David, so I quit, too. Benny and I made up, although David didn't play with him anymore. Benny stuck to his rule. I think that's not too bad a rule, but you can't help falling in love with somebody."
    She sang with Goodman's orchestra in two 1943 films, Stage Door Canteen and The Powers Girl.
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  • 1942
    Age 21
    In 1942 Lee had her first No. 1 hit, "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place", followed by 1943's "Why Don't You Do Right?
    More Details Hide Details " (originally sung by Lil Green), which sold over a million copies and made her famous.
  • 1941
    Age 20
    She joined his band in 1941 and stayed for two years.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Peggy Lee was born as Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, the seventh of eight children to parents Marvin Olof Egstrom, a station agent for the Midland Continental Railroad, and his wife Selma Amelia (Anderson) Egstrom, on May 26, 1920.
    More Details Hide Details She and her family were Lutherans. Her father was Swedish-American and her mother was Norwegian-American. Her mother died when Peggy was four. Afterwards, her father married her stepmother Min Schaumber, who treated her with great cruelty while her loving but alcoholic father did little to stop it. Later, she developed her musical talent and took several part-time jobs so that she could be away from home to escape the abuse of her stepmother. Lee first sang professionally over KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota. She later had her own series on a radio show sponsored by a local restaurant that paid her a salary in food. Both during and after her high school years, Lee sang for small sums on local radio stations. Radio personality Ken Kennedy, of WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota (the most widely heard station in North Dakota), changed her name from Norma to Peggy Lee. Lee left home and traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17.
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