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Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny Goodman's big band, she forged a sophisticated persona, evolving into a multi-faceted artist and performer. She wrote music for films, acted, and created conceptual record albums—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, and art songs.
Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, the seventh of eight children of Marvin Olof Egstrom, a station agent for the Midland Continental Railroad, and his wife Selma Amelia (Anderson) Egstrom. She and her family were Lutherans. Her father was Swedish American and her mother was Norwegian American. Her mother died when Lee was just four years old. Afterward, her father married Min Schaumber, who treated her with great cruelty while her alcoholic father did little to stop it. As a result, she developed her musical talent and took several part-time jobs so that she could be away from home.

Lee first sang professionally over KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota. She later had her own series on a radio show sponsored by a local restaurant that paid her a salary in food. Both during and after her high school years, Lee sang for small sums on local radio stations. Radio personality Ken Kennedy, of WDAY in Fargo, North Dakota (the most widely heard station in North Dakota), changed her name from Norma to Peggy Lee. Miss Lee left home and traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17.

She returned to North Dakota for a tonsillectomy, and was noticed by hotel owner Frank Beringin while working at the Doll House in Palm Springs, California. It was here that she developed her trademark sultry purr – having decided to compete with the noisy crowd with subtlety rather than volume. Beringin offered her a gig at The Buttery Room, a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel East in Chicago. There, she was noticed by bandleader Benny Goodman. According to Lee, "Benny's then-fiancée, Lady Alice Duckworth, came into The Buttery, and she was very impressed. So the next evening she brought Benny in, because they were looking for a replacement for Helen Forrest. And although I didn't know, I was it. He was looking at me strangely, I thought, but it was just his preoccupied way of looking. I thought that he didn't like me at first, but it just was that he was preoccupied with what he was hearing." She joined his band in 1941 and stayed for two years.
In 1942 Lee had her first No. 1 hit, "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place", followed by 1943's "Why Don't You Do Right?" (originally sung by Lil Green), which sold over a million copies and made her famous. She sang with Goodman's orchestra in two 1943 films, Stage Door Canteen and The Powers Girl.

In March 1943 Lee married Dave Barbour, a guitarist in Goodman's band. Peggy said, "David joined Benny's band and there was a ruling that no one should fraternize with the girl singer. But I fell in love with David the first time I heard him play, and so I married him. Benny then fired David, so I quit, too. Benny and I made up, although David didn't play with him anymore. Benny stuck to his rule. I think that's not too bad a rule, but you can't help falling in love with somebody."

When Lee and Barbour left the band, the idea was that he would work in the studios and she would keep house and raise their daughter, Nicki. But she drifted back to songwriting and occasional recording sessions for the fledgling Capitol Records in 1947, for whom she produced a long string of hits, many of them with lyrics and music by Lee and Barbour, including "I Don't Know Enough About You" (1946) and "It's a Good Day" (1947). With the release of the US No. 1-selling record of 1948, "Mañana", her "retirement" was over.

In 1948 Lee joined Perry Como and Jo Stafford as a rotating host of the NBC Radio musical program The Chesterfield Supper Club. She was also a regular on NBC's Jimmy Durante Show and appeared frequently on Bing Crosby's radio shows throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s.

She left Capitol for Decca Records in 1952, but returned to Capitol in 1957. She is most famous for her cover version of the Little Willie John hit "Fever" written by Eddie Cooley and John Davenport, to which she added her own, uncopyrighted lyrics ("Romeo loved Juliet," "Captain Smith and Pocahontas") and her rendition of Leiber and Stoller's "Is That All There Is?". Her relationship with the Capitol label spanned almost three decades, aside from her brief but artistically rich detour (1952–1956) at Decca Records, where in 1953 she recorded one of her most acclaimed albums, Black Coffee. While recording for Decca, Lee had hit singles with the songs Lover and Mister Wonderful.

Lee is today internationally recognized for her signature song "Fever". She had a string of successful albums and top 10 hits in three consecutive decades. She is regarded as one of the most influential popular singers of all time, being cited as an influence by diverse artists such as Petula Clark, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Madonna, Shirley Horn, Dusty Springfield and k.d. lang. Lee was also an accomplished actress.

In her 60-year-long career, Peggy was the recipient of three Grammy Awards (including the Lifetime Achievement Award), an Academy Award nomination, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Award, the President's Award, the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Living Legacy Award from the Women's International Center. In 1999 Lee was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


Al Jolson 48-12-02 First Song - When The Red-Red-Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along, Guest - Peggy Lee
Al Jolson 49-02-10 First Song - Oh, You Beautiful Doll, Guest - Peggy Lee
Bing Crosby Show - Peggy Lee Fred Allen
Bing Crosby Show 46-05-02 peggy lee, joe frisco
Bing Crosby Show 46-12-11 peggy lee, jerry colona
Bing Crosby Show 46-12-18 peggy lee, dave barbour
Bing Crosby Show 47-01-01 peggy lee, joe frisco
Bing Crosby Show 47-03-19 peggy lee
Bing Crosby Show 47-04-23 peggy lee, les paul
Bing Crosby Show 48-03-24 peggy lee
Bing Crosby Show 48-10-27 peggy lee, william powell
Bing Crosby Show 50-02-08 Peggy Lee Fred Allen
Bing Crosby Show 54-01-01 Joe Frisco Peggy Lee
Bing Crosby Show 54-02-25 Peggy Lee
Bing Crosby Show 54-03-24 Peggy Lee
Bing Crosby Show 54-04-23 Peggy Lee Les Paul
Bing Crosby Show 54-05-02 Peggy Lee Joe Frisco
Bing Crosby Show 54-10-27 Peggy Lee William Powell
Bing Crosby Show 54-12-18 Peggy Lee Don Barbour
Bob Hope Show 510205 1st Be Anything by Peggy Lee Guest Dorothy Lamour AFRTS
Chesterfield Show - 49-09-21 Guest - Peggy Lee, Abe Burrows
Chesterfield Show - 49-09-28 Guest - Peggy Lee, Abe Burrows
Chesterfield Show - 49-10-12 Guest - Peggy Lee
Chesterfield Show - 49-12-07 Guest - Hopalong Cassidy, Peggy Lee
Chesterfield Show - 50-12-13 Guest - Peggy Lee, Hopalong Cassidy
Chesterfield Show - 51-02-21 Guest - Tallulah Bankhead and Peggy Lee
Chesterfield Show - 52-06-18 Guest - Peggy Lee
Chesterfield Show - 52-06-25 Guest - Peggy Lee
Chesterfield Supper Club 481021 - Peggy Lee Sings 'Then I'll Be
Command Performance - 46-06-23 (228) - Esther Williams, Peggy Lee, Lum and Abner
Duffy's Tavern 46-02-01 Guest - Peggy Lee
Edgar Bergen Show 50-05-17 Bing Crosby-Peggy Lee-Fred Allen
General Electric Show - 53-02-26 (21) Guest - Peggy Lee
Guest Star 51-09-16 Peggy_Lee
Jubilee 47-10-31 Guest - Benny Carter, Peggy Lee
Jubilee 47-11-14 Guest - Benny Carter, Peggy Lee
Jubilee 48-02-20 Guest - Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee
Jubilee 48-07-30 Guest - Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour
Kraft Music Hall - 46-05-02 First Song - Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy
Kraft Music Hall - 48-12-02 Peggy Lee
Kraft Music Hall - 49-02-10 Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee - Bob Hope, Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee - Merry Go Runaround (1952)
Peggy Lee - For Sentimental Reasons
Peggy Lee - He's Just My Kind
Peggy Lee - I'm Beginning To See The Light
Peggy Lee - I'm Confessin'
Peggy Lee - I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues
Peggy Lee - Just One More Chance
Peggy Lee - Let There Be Love
Peggy Lee - Love Is Just Around The Corner
Peggy Lee - Mr Wonderful
Peggy Lee - Nice Work If You Can Get It
Peggy Lee - Oh What A Beautiful Morning
Peggy Lee - September In The Rain
Peggy Lee - Shangai
Peggy Lee - That Old Gang Of Mine
Peggy Lee - The Lady Is A Tramp
Peggy Lee - These Foolish Things
Peggy Lee - Too Young
Philco Radio Time - 46-12-11 Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 46-12-18 Skitch Henderson and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 47-01-01 Joe Frisco and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 47-01-08 Mickey Rooney and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 47-02-12 Groucho Marx and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 47-03-12 Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 47-04-09 Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 48-02-25 Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 48-10-27 William Powell and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 48-12-01 Bob Crosby and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 48-12-29 Mills Bros, Peggy Lee and Joe Venuti
Philco Radio Time - 49-01-26 Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 49-02-23 Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows
Philco Radio Time - 49-04-13 Peggy Lee and Gonzaga Glee Club
Philco Radio Time - 49-04-27 Abe Burrows and Peggy Lee
Philco Radio Time - 49-05-11 Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee
Songs By Sinatra - with Peggy Lee 46-01-02





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