Peggy Lee on Television - 1940s & 1950s

The 1940s and 1950s

The 1960s

The 1970s

The 1980s and 1990s

Some radio performances

The Forties and Fifties

    Hour Glass
    5/9/46 (and possibly other appearances), NBC
    Songs unknown

      "Hour Glass was one of the most important pioneers in the early history of television... It was the first hour-long entertainment series of any kind produced for network television, the first show to develop its own star, the first big variety series, and the most ambitious production by far ever attempted up to its time... Subsequent shows brought on such acts as Bert Lahr, the singing Merry Macs, Dennis Day, Jerry Colonna, Joey Faye and Peggy Lee." - Tim Brooks and Earl Marsh, Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows

    Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town
    8/8/48, CBS
    Songs unknown

      "Peggy Lee, doubling from the Paramount Theater, provided the high-spot with a well-delineated group. She looks excellent in close-up, although the full-length shots tend to harden her appearance. Miss Lee concentrated on ballads, which made for a high degree of audience satisfaction" - Variety, 8/11/48

    Cavalcade of Bands
    1/50-9/51 (w/ occasional appearances by Peggy), Dumont Network
    Songs unknown

      "The 'star' of this series was a different big-name band each week, ranging from the 'sweet' music of Guy Lombardo and Lawrence Welk to the big-band swing of Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington... In addition to the 'Band of the Week,' top-line singers and comedians filled out the bill, including such names as Jackie Gleason, Kitty Kallen and Peggy Lee, as well as a number of lesser lights." - Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows

    The Star-Spangled Revue*
    5/27/50, NBC, w/ Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Beatrice Lillie, Arnold Stang, Janet Reed, Bill Hayes, Michael Kidd
    Songs included: Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered) / It's So Nice to Have a Man Around the House (w/ Hope, Sinatra, cast)

    Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town
    10/22/50, CBS
    Songs included: Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World / La Vie en Rose

      "Miss Lee, accompanied on the guitar by her husband Dave Barbour, nicely put over 'La Vie en Rose.' Camera work and lighting on Miss Lee was top-flight for vaudeo stage conditions." - Variety, 10/25/50

    Kreisler's Band Stand
    3/51, ABC, w/ Benny Goodman, Mel Tormé
    Songs included: Where or When

      "A former Goodman band vocalist, Peggy Lee, currently at the Copacabana, New York, also delivered a standard, 'Where or When.'" - Variety, 3/28/51

    The Peggy Lee Show
    1951 summer replacement series, CBS, w/ Mel Tormé
    Songs included: All of Me / Mañana / It Never Happened to Me / After All, It's Spring

      "Following the current network pattern of replacing the top regular comedy airers with musical sessions during the summer, Peggy Lee is pinch-hitting for Amos 'n' Andy series with a neat song stanza. One of the top-flight stylists in the trade, Miss Lee registers on this show as an ingratiating femcee who handles her lines slickly. This airer is simply formatted around Miss Lee as the star with assists from guest vocalists and Russ Case's orchestra. Only novel twist on the session is Miss Lee's weekly debut of a new number. On the preem, she introduced "After All, It's Spring" from the upcoming legit musical Seventeen. Miss Lee socked across a flock of her wax standards." - Variety, 6/20/51

    TV's Top Tunes*
    7/2/51 through 8/17/51, CBS

      A thrice-weekly, 15-minute musical program co-hosted by Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé, with The Fontane Sisters.

    Songs for Sale
    12/51 through approx. 3/52, CBS
    Songs unknown

      "Songs for Sale was a showcase for the efforts of aspiring amateur songwriters. Each week a number of them (usually three) had their songs performed by professional singers and rated by a panel of judges... Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett were relatively unknown when the series began, but both immediately attracted considerable attention and went on to become major stars... When it returned in 1951 singers were generally rotated, though Peggy Lee became a regular in December 1951 and remained for several months." - Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows

    Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town
    1/13/52, CBS, tribute to Broadway showman George White
    Songs included: Are You Having Any Fun? / Thank Your Mother / This Is the Mrs. / My Song / Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries (w/ Rudy Vallee)

      "Topping the listing was Peggy Lee, one of the more expressive song-chicks around. Miss Lee negotiated one of the top White tunes, 'Are You Having Any Fun?', and participated in a well-presented finale." - Variety, 1/16/52

    The Paul Whiteman Revue
    3/30/52, ABC
    Songs unknown

      "'Paul Whiteman Revue,' canceled by Goodyear, staged a tuneful and entertaining valedictory Sunday night, sparked by the solid thrushing of Peggy Lee in the guest spot... Miss Lee, who concentrated heavily on ballads rather than the current novelty pops, registered solidly with her dramatic rendition of two oldies." - Variety, 4/2/52

    Colgate Comedy Hour
    5/25/52, NBC
    Songs included: The Lady is a Tramp / Where or When

      "Songstress Peggy Lee, spotted midway in the show, was wasted in a bit which called for her to warble only two numbers." - Variety, 5/28/52

    Colgate Comedy Hour
    11/11/53, NBC
    Songs included: Baubles, Bangles and Beads

      "Peggy Lee, of course, is one of the top pop singers of this day. She purveys a tuneful variety of sex which was evident even when she sang the Halo shampoo commercial, which is still a cavalier way of treating an artist. Her top number done in a cloud of artificial smoke was 'Baubles,' which made an interesting sequence." - Variety, 11/11/53

    The Perry Como Show*
    10/13/54, CBS
    Songs included: I Feel a Song Coming On

    Colgate Comedy Hour*
    1954, NBC, w/ Eddie Fisher
    Songs included: Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me / From This Moment On / Lover

    Walt Disney's Cavalcade of Song*
    2/16/55, w/ Walt Disney, Sonny Burke
    Songs included: He's a Tramp / The Siamese Cat Song / La La Lu

    Colgate Comedy Hour*
    2/20/55, NBC, w/ Louis Armstrong, Gordon MacRae
    Songs included: I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues / Long Ago and Far Away (w/ Gordon MacRae) / Come Rain or Come Shine / The Birth of the Blues (w/ Gordon MacRae)

      "Typical of the production elements that went into the show was the finale, in which McRae and Miss Lee sang from a balcony, with harlequins standing there throwing down streamers." - Variety, 2/23/55

    Colgate Variety Hour
    7/24/55, NBC, w/ Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Webb, promoting the film Pete Kelly's Blues
    Songs unknown

      "The Misses Lee and Fitzgerald, who are in the film along with Webb, are expert singers, for sure, and they turned in quite a number of tunes for the major share of the entertainment." - Variety, 7/27/55

    Music '55
    Summer 1955 (series ran 7/12/55 through 9/13/55), CBS, w/ Stan Kenton
    Songs unknown

    Shower of Stars: The Flattering World
    3/15/56, CBS, w/ Jack Benny, Elsa Lanchester, Fredric March
    Songs included: Riding High / Mr. Wonderful / Heart

      "Aside from some expert mugging by Elsa Lanchester, there was little to laugh at or commend. Benny was stolid and uninspired as a bluenose college dean, Peggy Lee was miscast as his wife, Fredric March showed some spirit as a ham, Miss Lanchester played the housemaid and Sharon Bell essayed her young daughter... Miss Lee came off okay warbling 'Riding High' and 'Mr. Wonderful,' and the foursome, Benny, March, Lee and Lanchester, romped through 'Heart' from the legituner Damn Yankees." - Variety, 3/28/56

    The Walter Winchell Show
    12/56, w/ Tony Martin
    Songs included: I Don't Know Enough About You / Mañana / Lover / Last Night When We Were Young / Them There Eyes

      "Fortunately, Winchell had two top-notchers for the song department in Peggy Lee and Tony Martin. They carried the bulk of the show in duet and solo and made it all an ear-appealing affair." - Variety, 12/12/56

    The Steve Allen Show*
    3/31/57, NBC, w/ Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dinah Shore, the Collins Kids
    Songs included: That Old Feeling / St. Louis Woman

    The Jackie Gleason Show
    6/8/57, CBS, w/ Johnnie Ray
    Songs included: Anything You Say Is True (w/ Johnnie Ray) / Baby, Wait for Me / They Can't Take That Away from Me

      "Miss Lee did her usual socko job." - Variety, 6/12/57

    What's My Line?
    6/16/57, NBC
    Songs (if any) unknown

    The Jackie Gleason Show - guest hostess Peggy Lee
    6/22/57, CBS, w/ Tony Bennett
    Songs included: The Man I Love

      "Miss Lee, who never looked better, was also the hostess with the mostest, whether femceeing or chirping. Her work on the finale, relaxed and charming and typically low-key Lee, indicates that she could have another future, a la Dinah Shore, as a regular in the video sweepstakes. She whammed with a segment from her Capitol album of The Man I Love, which could be a hot seller on the grounds 1) that it's a Peggy Lee package, plus 2) Frank Sinatra conducting. Sinatra a maestro? Well, he's been everything else. Another highlight in a variety outing overloaded with song was Miss Lee's capers with guest Tony Bennett, in which they traded off each other's trademarked numbers for a winning session." - Variety, 6/26/57

    The Frank Sinatra Show*
    10/18/57, ABC, w/ Bob Hope, Kim Novak
    Songs included: Listen to the Rocking Bird / He's My Guy

    The Frank Sinatra Show
    11/8/57, ABC
    Songs included: Old Devil Moon / That's All / Our Love Is Here to Stay (duet w/ Frank Sinatra)

    The Nat King Cole Show*
    1957, NBC, w/ Julius LaRosa
    Songs included: My Heart Stood Still / Don't Get Around Much Anymore / Makin' Records (to the tune of Makin' Whoopee, w/ Nat King Cole and Julius LaRosa)

    Crescendo*
    9/27/57, CBS, w/ Julie Andrews, Louis Armstrong, Eddy Arnold, Diahann Carroll, Carol Channing, Benny Goodman, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Mahalia Jackson, Sonny James, Stubby Kaye, Matt Mattox, Lizzie Miles and Dinah Washington

      "A kaleidoscope of American music as seen through the eyes of Mr. Sir (Rex Harrison), a visiting Englishman whose skepticism about American culture is changed when he is introduced to a wide variety of American music styles"

    The Eddie Fisher Show
    4/58
    Songs included: Fever

    The George Gobel Show
    10/58
    Songs included: Fever

    The Pat Boone Show
    1959, network unknown
    Songs unknown

    The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
    3/15/59, network unknown
    Songs unknown

    Swing Into Spring*
    4/10/59, CBS, w/ Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Andre Previn
    Songs included: Things Are Swingin' / Why Don't You Do Right? / I'm Just Wild About Harry / When a Woman Loves a Man / The Glory of Love (w/ Ella Fitzgerald) / Swing Into Spring

    The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
    5/17/59, network unknown
    Songs unknown

    The Bing Crosby Show*
    9/29/59, ABC, w/ Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, George Shearing, Joe Bushkin, Paul Smith, Jane Turner, Florence Henderson
    Songs included: I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore (w/ Crosby, Sinatra, Armstrong) / Baubles, Bangles and Beads / Too Neat to Be a Beatnik, Too Round to Be a Square (w/ Crosby) / I Love a Piano (w/ Crosby, Sinatra) / Lullaby of Birdland / Some of These Days / Up a Lazy River / High Society / Now You Has Jazz (w/ Crosby, Sinatra, Armstrong)

      "A 60-minute layout that's alternately sophisticated, smart, breezy, snazzy and solid entertainment. Whether it was Satchmo's blowing up a storm of vocalizing, or Crosby, Sinatra and Miss Lee singing, dueting or as a threesome, or yet again as a Bushkin-Shearing-Smith grandslam in their 88 virtuosing, it came out like TV being restored to the showbiz pedestal. These Crosby outings have a habit of upgrading the medium." - Variety, 10/1/59

    The Steve Allen Show*
    11/9/59, NBC, w/ Billy Eckstine, George Jessel, Chuck Connors
    Songs included: It's Alright with Me / Smack Dab in the Middle / Medley: How Do You Erase a Memory? / Baby, All the Time / I've Grown Accustomed to His Face / I Get Along Without You Very Well / Here's That Rainy Day

      "Peggy Lee was standout in her song assignments. Early in the show she scored with a couple of swinging tunes and then she was called on to wrap up at the finale with a superb medley of torch songs, the close-up camera work enhancing the dramatic impact." - Variety, 11/11/59

    The Big Party by Revlon
    12/17/59, CBS, w/ Benny Goodman, Carol Channing, John Gielgud
    Songs included: Fever

      "Miss Lee overcame the handicap of the opening spot with a tasteful in-time medley and a rendition of her disc click, 'Fever,' that was corned up with some inane choreography by the Big Party regulars who only stand and watch." - Variety, 12/23/59