Peggy Lee

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

The Ed Wynn Show
10/12/49, CBS (aired 11/10/49 in New York market)
Songs included: Why Don’t You Do Right / Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man

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

Arthur Murray Party
11/5/50, DuMont, w/ Elsa Lanchester
Songs unknown

20 Questions
Network and date unknown, early 1950s
Game show

Cavalcade of Bands
3/6/51, DuMont, w/ Claude Thornhill, Billy Vine, Hudson & Sharae
Songs unknown

Kreisler’s Band Stand
3/21/51, ABC, w/ Benny Goodman, Mel Tormé, host Fred Robbins
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

Cavalcade of Bands
4/10/51, w/ Freddy Martin, Joey Bishop
Songs unknown

Kreisler’s Band Stand
4/18/51, ABC, w/ Dick Perry, the Longshots, Bud and Cece Robinson, Kathy Kearns, the Johnny Long Orchestra
Songs unknown

TV’s Top Tunes
7/2/51 through 8/24/51, CBS, w/ Mel Tormé
Songs included:
It Never Happened to Me / Penthouse Serenade (with Tormé) (7/2)
You Go to My Head / Something Wonderful (7/4)
After All, It’s Spring / Saturday Night in Davenport, Iowa (with Tormé) (7/11)
My Magic Heart / Let’s Get Away from It All (w/ Torme) / Shanghai (w/ Torme) (7/13)
Where or When / In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (w/ Torme) (7/16)
How High the Moon / On Top of Old Smokey (w/ the Fontane Sisters) (7/25)
Mañana / A Fine Romance (w/ Tormé) (7/27)
It’s a Good Day / I’m in Love Again / Don’t Fan the Flame (w/ Torme) (8/6)
Danny Boy / Star Dust (w/ Torme) (8/10)
Come on-a My House / These Things I Offer You (For a Lifetime) (8/13)
The Morning Side of the Mountain / Something to Remember You By (8/17)
I’ll Be Seeing You / Telling Me Yes, Telling Me No (w/ Torme) / Mister and Mississippi (w/ the Fontane Sisters) (8/20)
Go Go Go / Wandering Swallow (w/ the Fontane Sisters) (8/22)
It’s a Most Unusual Day / Shanghai (w/ Torme) (8/24)
A thrice-weekly, 15-minute musical program co-hosted by Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé, also featuring the Fontane Sisters. Songs unknown for remaining episodes.

Twenty Questions
9/14/51, DuMont
Game show

The Ken Murray Show
9/15/51, CBS, w/ Lew Ayres, Lew Hearn, Beatrice Kraft, Anita Gordon, Art Lund, Laurie Anders
Songs unknown

Celebrity Time
10/14/51, CBS
Game show

The Perry Como Show
10/17/51, NBC
Songs unknown

Star of the Family
10/21/51, CBS, w/ hosts Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy
Songs included: I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) / My Old Flame (w/ Hayes)

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

The Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue
12/2/51, ABC
Song included: Golden Earrings / Little David Play on Your Harp 

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

Cavalcade of Stars
2/1/52, DuMont, w/ Jackie Gleason, Carlos Ramirez
Songs unknown

The Paul Whiteman Goodyear Revue
3/30/52, ABC

“‘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

Cavalcade of Stars
4/11/52, DuMont, w/ Jackie Gleason, Lawrence Winters
Songs unknown

The 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

The Colgate Comedy Hour
11/23/52, NBC, w/ Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, the Shaller Brothers, Fisher & Ross
Songs included: Sans Souci / Lover

The Jackie Gleason Show
12/13/52, CBS
Songs unknown

The Colgate Comedy Hour
12/28/52, NBC, w/ Ben Blue, Hedy Lamarr, Phil Harris, Donald O’Connor
Songs unknown

The 25th Academy Awards
3/19/53, NBC
Songs included: Zing a Little Zong (Peggy sang this Oscar-nominated song from the film Just for You)

Texaco Star Theater
4/14/53, NBC, w/ Milton Berle, Gertrude Berg
Songs unknown

The Perry Como Show
4/15/53, CBS, w/ the Fontane Sisters, the Ray Charles Singers
Songs included: Who’s Gonna Pay the Check

The Perry Como Show
5/6/53, CBS, w/ the Fontane Sisters, the Ray Charles Singers
Songs included: The Lady Is a Tramp

The Colgate Comedy Hour
11/1/53, NBC, w/ Bud Abbott, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jimmy Thompson, Pat Horn, Gene Nelson, the Pied Pipers
Songs included: Baubles, Bangles and Beads, commercial for Halo shampoo

“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 Colgate Comedy Hour
5/23/54, NBC, w/ Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Hoagy Carmichael, Ricky Vera, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, the Pied Pipers, Peter Leeds
Songs included: Johnny Guitar / Bewitched (Bothered and Bewildered)

The Red Skelton Revue
9/8/54, CBS
Songs included: Just One of Those Things / Guess I’ll Go Back Home This Summer / For You

The Colgate Comedy Hour
9/19/54, NBC, w/ host Eddie Fisher, Louis Armstrong, Mischa Elman, the Vagabonds, Maria Tallchief, Frederic Franklin, Rocky Marciano
Songs included: Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me / From This Moment On / Lover

Ceasar’s Hour
10/11/54, NBC, w/ host Sid Caesar
Songs included: Why Don’t You Do Right / Hey There

The Perry Como Show
10/13/54, CBS
Songs included: I Feel a Song Coming On / Papa Loves Mambo (Como sings with chorus and Peggy dances)

The Dinah Shore Show
11/23/54, w/ George Gobel, Patrice Munsel
Songs included: I May Be Wrong / Ballin’ The Jack (Peggy/Dinah/Patrice) / Medley with Say It Isn’t So, Hey There (Peggy/Dinah/Patrice)

Margaret Whiting’s Little Club
1954 (date unknown), KABC (Los Angeles)
Songs unknown

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, Gene Sheldon, the New Orleans Jazz Saints
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 MacRae 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, Ray Anthony, promoting the film Pete Kelly’s Blues
Songs included: Somebody Loves Me / He Needs Me

“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

The Perry Como Show
10/15/55, NBC, w/ Morty Gunty, Lorraine Prato, the Four Lads
Songs included: More Than You Know / Mañana (w/ Como)

Producers Showcase: Dateline II
11/14/55, NBC, w/ Milton Berle, Irving Berlin, John Raitt, Janet Blair, Greer Garson, John Wayne, William Holden, Robert Frost
Songs included: You’re My Thrill / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Happy New Year from NBC
1/1/1956, NBC, w/ host Art Linkletter, George Gobel, Stan Kenton, Alan King, Barbara Ann Scott, Dick Button
Songs included: Sing a Rainbow / Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Texaco Star Theater
2/21/56, NBC, w/ Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante, Eddie Cantor, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Eddie Jackson, the Four Aces
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 28th Academy Awards
3/21/56, NBC
Peggy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the film Pete Kelly’s Blues and is also credited as a presenter at this ceremony (

The Perry Como Show
4/21/56, NBC, w/ Mark Stevens, Rudy Cardenas, Jack E. Leonard
Songs included: Joey, Joey, Joey / Two Sleepy People (w/ Perry) / Hot Diggity (w/ Perry)

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
6/15/57, CBS, w/ Johnnie Ray
Songs included: Anything You Say Is True (w/ Johnnie Ray) / Baby, 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
Peggy appeared as the mystery guest.

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 Jackie Gleason Show (two additional episodes)
Dates unknown, CBS
Songs included: Louisville Lou / When I Fall in Love

Crescendo (Dupont Show of the Month)
9/29/57, 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
Songs included: Medley: Lullaby of Broadway / Lullaby of Birdland

“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 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)

The Perry Como Show
1/25/58, NBC, w/ Pat Boone, John Bubbles
Songs included: When My Sugar Walks Down the Street / Jump for Joy / Sing a Song of Sunbeams (w/ Como), medley with Como, Boone and Bubbles: Get Out Those Old Records, Golden Earrings (Peggy solo), When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Mañana (Peggy solo), Lover (Peggy solo), April Love

The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom
2/28/58, ABC
Songs included: It’s Nothing / People Like You and Me (duet with Boone)

The Eddie Fisher Show
4/15/58, w/ William Bendix, Jack Carter, Leo Durocher
Songs included Fever

The George Gobel Show
10/7/58, NBC, w/ Jim Backus, Dennis Day, Phyllis Avery
Songs included: Fever / Light of Love

The Garry Moore Show
3/3/59, CBS, w/ Frankie Laine (guest host), Michel Legrand, the Wiere Brothers
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, NBC, w/ Dinah Shore
Songs included: Hallelujah I Love Him So / I’m Looking Out the Window / I Got Rhythm (w/ Shore) / The Siamese Cat Song (w/ Shore, Van Johnson)

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 Partyregulars who only stand and watch.” — Variety, 12/23/59