Peggy Lee


Banu Gibson and Hal Smith Talk Great Vocalists

Photo by Roger Robles

Singer Banu Gibson: “Not only was Peggy a wonderful singer and a great songwriter, but she was also a savvy businesswoman. Peggy inspired me to work both the artistic and business side of music. There are so many songs I love that Peggy Lee sang, but at the moment I like listening to her singing Cole Porter’s Do I Love You? with George Shearing’s Quintet from a 1959 album called Beauty and the Beat. What a great album title, right? She just stretches out vocally over a swinging rhythm section. She is so effortless you don’t realize what a groove she establishes. She is also so conversational. And it is where she doesn’t take a breath that singers should study.” [Source: Syncopated Times]

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