First presented in 2004 and newly updated in commemoration of Peggy’s 2020 centennial, Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee offers a wealth of classic hits including the scorching title tune, the upbeat evergreen “It’s a Good Day,” the pop-jazz standard “I Don’t Know Enough About You,” the empowerment anthem “I’m a Woman,” a dynamite duet with Judy Garland of “I Love Being Here With You,” the Benny Goodman big band smash “Why Don’t You Do Right,” the brassy Broadway hit “Big Spender” and the Grammy-winning story song “Is That All There Is?”
Also featured are recollections and tributes from Peggy’s family, friends and colleagues including Margaret Whiting, Quincy Jones, k.d. lang, Nancy Sinatra, Cy Coleman, Billy May, Johnny Mandel, Max Bennett, Grady Tate, Peggy’s daughter Nicki Foster and granddaughter Holly Foster Wells, along with previously unseen home movies, photos and behind the scenes footage. The updated 2020 edition features a new interview with singer and music historian Michael Feinstein.
Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee will begin airing on select stations in mid-July (see preview airdates below) but will premiere in most areas during the week of August 29. Check local listings for broadcasts in your area.
Premiums for Public Television pledge drives will include:
Ultimate Peggy Lee — a new career-spanning centennial CD collection from Capitol Records featuring her hits, signature songs, popular standards and a previously unreleased 1963 recording of “Try a Little Tenderness.”
Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings the Great American Songbook — a new 2-CD set with dozens of never-before-released recordings from Peggy’s radio series, available exclusively from Public Television, featuring performances with guest songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Frank Loesser and Johnny Mercer.
Peggy Lee — Things Are Swingin’: Her Greatest Songs — an exclusive new DVD release featuring a color television special from 1967 plus several previously unavailable bonus performances from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, plus a new featurette with Michael Feinstein entitled “Singing Peggy’s Praises.”
7/12: Long Island, NY – WLIW 7:30 pm
7/13: Long Island, NY – WLIW 2:00 am
7/18: New Jersey – NJTV 11:00 am
7/18: Maryland – MPT 6:00 pm
7/19: New Jersey – NJTV 8:00 pm
7/30: New York City – WNET 8:30 pm
8/29: Maryland – MPT 5:30 pm