Peggy Lee


Story of a Songbird

(author unknown) The “soft-as-silk” singing style of Peggy Lee, who with husband Dave Barbour began a two-week engagement at the Paramount Theater Wednesday, was an invention born of necessity. It came into being several years ago, while Peggy was performing at the Doll House in Palm Springs. “One Saturday night,”[…]

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Busy Singer

(author unknown) Six years ago in a New York theater, the sultry singing voice of Peggy Lee proved so irresistible to an impressionable male listener that he clambered over the orchestra pit and chased her all around the stage. This never happened again, but since January the same voice has[…]

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Sweet Peggy Lee

author unknown The Meadowbrook, New Jersey’s big, barnlike club that baits its customers with the biggest and best dance bands in the country, was crowded. It was September 17, 1941, and a Benny Goodman opening. The critics and the jitterbugs were out in full force to hear what the clarinetist[…]

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A Chirp with Cheek

by Dick Williams Nobody knows the price of fame better than Peggy Lee, 26-year-old canary. But after twelve years of perseverance, the angel-faced moonbeam blonde has cleared the more formidable hurdles to crowd some of the best vocalists in the business for record honors. Her unique microphone personality produces a[…]

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‘I’d Never Make a Critic’

Preface In the world of popular singing, there is a very thin, vague borderline between what is considered by the pundits to be jazz singing (Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday) and what is dismissed as mere popular singing (Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Jo Stafford). Jazz critics, even those on[…]

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Peggy Lee – A Cinderella Grows Up

(date unknown) Everyone wondered what had happened to Peggy Lee? In 1942, when she was Benny Goodman’s star vocalist, Look described her as the girl with the electric-blue voice, heard on every juke-box in America. She was a Cinderella girl who had worked her way up to be a top singer with[…]

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