The World of Peggy Lee – documentary film produced for National Educational Television (October 16, 1969) Bibliography. Friedwald, Will. Liner notes for The Best of Peggy Lee: The Capitol Years. Gavin, James. Is That All There Is? – The Strange Life of Peggy Lee. Atria Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4516-4168-4; Lee, Peggy. Miss Peggy Lee: An ...
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Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the calypso number "One Beating a Day", one of 22...
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Nov 11, 2014 · "Peggy Lee was a deeply troubled and delusional woman who was desperate for love, over-sexed, afraid to be alone, in the grip of addictions to booze and tranquillisers and increasingly living in a ...
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Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the calypso number \\"One Beating a Day\\", one of 22 songs she co-wrote for the autobiographical musical \\"Peg\\", in which she made her Broadway debut in 1983 at the age of 62. As a youngster Peggy worked as a milkmaid, later turning to singing for money in her teens. While singing on a local radio station in Fargo, the program director there suggested she change her name to Peggy Lee. Peggy's big break came when Benny Goodman hired her to sing with his band after hearing her perform. Peggy shot to stardom when she and Goodman cut the hit record \\"Why Don't You Do Right?\\" and went out on her own to record such classics as \\"Fever\\", \\"Lover\\", \\"Golden Earrings\\", \\"Big Spender\\" and \\"Is That All There Is?\\" - the latter winning her a Grammy Award in 1969. Peggy's vocal style provided a distinctive imprint to countless swing tunes, ballads and big band numbers. She was considered the type of performer equally capable of interpreting a song as uniquely as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Bessie Smith. Her 1989 album, \\"Peggy Sings the Blues\\", was a Grammy Award nominee. Peggy was a prolific songwriter and arranger and her 1990 \\"The Peggy Lee Songbook\\" contained four songs she wrote with guitarist John Chiodini. Peggy also wrote for jazz greats Duke Ellington, who called her \\"The Queen\\", and Johnny Mercer, and composer Quincy Jones. Also in 1990 Peggy was awarded the coveted Pied Piper Award presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). She made her mark in Hollywood as an actress, winning an Academy Award nomination for her role as the hard-drinking singer in the jazz saga, Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) and composed songs for the 1955 Walt Disney animated classic Lady and the Tramp (1955). The animated film featured a character named Peg, a broken-down old showgirl of a dog, whose provocative walk was based on the stage-prowl of Peggy Lee. Later she sued Disney and won a landmark legal judgment for a portion of the profits from the videocassette sale of the film. Peggy's private life was racked by physical ailments, a near-fatal fall in 1976, diabetes and a stroke in 1998. She was married four times, all ending in divorce. She and first husband, guitarist Dave Barbour, had a daughter, Nicki, her only child. Peggy and Dave were on the verge of a reconciliation in 1965, but he died of a heart attack before the couple got back together. Peggy has left a vast legend of music that is constantly finding new generations of fans.
Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, sultry song stylist Peggy Lee was the product of a troubled, abusive childhood, who used singing as an escape. She found work on a radio station as a teenager in Fargo and quickly changed her name to Peggy Lee. An early move to Hollywood at age 17 proved disappointing, returning north to her radio job within a short time. A Chicago nightclub appearance led to her replacing vocalist Helen Forrest with the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1941, where she soon earned star status for such songs as \\"Blues in the Night\\", \\"The Way You Look Tonight\\", and, her signature song, \\"Why Don't You Do Right?\\". She struck out on her own two years later and earned more hit records with \\"It's a Good Day\\" and \\"Manana\\", which she wrote.
An elegant, intimate performer with a minimalist style, her recording and supper club fame eventually led to movie offers, notably opposite Danny Thomas in a remake of The Jazz Singer (1952). Her peak, however, came with her vibrant, Oscar-nominated performance as a singer who battles the bottle in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955). She also provided singing and speaking voices along with lyrics for Disney's Lady and the Tramp (1955) in the same year. But music was her first love and she continued on the road, crossing over occasionally from the easy jazz to pop field with such monster hits as \\"Fever\\" in 1958 and the Grammy-winning \\"Is That All There Is?\\" in 1969. In 1983, she went to Broadway in an autobiographical production called \\"Peg\\". It was one of the few projects in her life that was not a success. Her later years were dogged by ill health and lawsuits, winning $2.3 million in 1991 against Disney to recoup royalties from videocassette sales of \\"Lady and the Tramp\\" and, just a week before her death, earning a preliminary approval of $4.75 million in a class lawsuit (she was the lead plaintiff of a group of Decca recording artists) for royalties against Universal Music Group. Semi-confined to a wheelchair since the 80s due to circulation problems and accidental falls, she valiantly continued performing until suffering a stroke in 1998. She died of a heart attack three years later. \\"Miss Peggy Lee\\", as she was always introduced, was a class act all the way and, in talent, is often deemed a smooth, self-contained combination of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
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Norma DelorisEgstrom was born onMay 26, 1920, to her parents, Martin Olof Egstrom and Selma Amelia Egstrom. She grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, where her father worked a depot, but due to a drinking problem, by the time Norma was a teenager in highschool, she ran the train depot. Growing up, she loved musicand playing the piano. She learned how to play songs she heard on the radio and would play them for her friends. This love of music continued into adult life.
Peggy Lee, She started singing when she was 14 years old with the Doc Haines Orchestra. While working on one particular radio show, she was introduced as Peggy Lee, because as the announcer put it, “She looked like a Peggy.” 1With that announcement, Norma Egstrom became forever known afterward as Peggy Lee. And at the tender age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles. Still performing on local radio shows Peggy Lee was becoming more noticed due to her signature voice which later became her trademark in the music industry. Many called her voice a sultry, sexy purr when she sang. At one of her performances,Frank Bering heard her and loved her singing. So he requested she singswith him and his band. Peggy Lee started to sing and travel around the country to do shows. During one of her shows came herluckiest break yet. Benny Goodman came to hear her sing one night in the Buttery Room, a nightclub in the Ambassadors Hotel East in Chicago. He was looking for a replacement for Helen Forrest to si...
Peggy Lee was a performer. Not only did she sing but, she acted, danced and composed music as well over a long career that lasted for 60 years. 1943: Sang with Benny Goodman’s band in the two films Stage Door Canteen and the Powers Girl 1948: She recorded her first number one hit “Somebody Else Is Taking My Place.” She recorded another hit, “Manana.” 1952: She appeared in and sang in the movie The Jazz Singer 1955: She voiced four animated characters in the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp. She also composed some of the songs for the movie as well. 1958: She sang a cover for the song “Fever” which became her greatest hit to which she added her lyrics which couldn’t be copyrighted. 1969: She did her rendition of “Is That All There Is?”
Peggy Lee left the music industry intent on raising herfamily and concentrating on her marriage to Dave Barbour. The two had one daughter Nikki Lee Foster. It only lasted until 1951. 2She remained single after the marriage’s demise until she metBrad Dexter in 1953. That union lasted less than one year. 3 Following that divorce, Peggy was again single and working in her career as well as raising her daughter. She then met another actorDewey Martin, whom she married in 1956. Dewey Martin and Peggy Lee remained married for two years and divorced in 1958. 4 The last of her four husbands was Jack Del Rio, a bandleader, andpercussionist from Argentina. The two were married from 1964 until 1965. 5 None of the other marriages produced any children, or it appears anyacting or musical collaborations.
Peggy Lee received number awards and 13Grammy nominations over the length of her career, but most of them, towards the end. 1970: “Is That All There Is” Grammy for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance 1995: Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 1998: “Fever” Grammy Hall of Fame Award 1999: “Is That All There Is” Grammy Hall of Fame Award
1992: Inducted into Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1994: She received the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievements 1999: She received the President’s Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 2013: Pied Piper Award (ASCAP) Received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Academy of Recording Artist Sciences (NARAS)
Peggy Lee returned to Capitol Records in 1957 and stayed with the company until 1972. Although she didn’t sing with another record company after that, she still did tour dates and sang at events. Peggy Lee died on January 21, 2002.
Peggy Lee completed 52 albums for Capitol and Decca Records combined. Her songs are available online, but not all of them. Some are not available due to copyright issues. You can also view her films online as well.
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- ‘Fever’ (1958) Topping our pick of the best Peggy Lee songs is this infectious number, which became the singer’s signature song and captured her in full-on seductress mode.
- ‘Is That All There Is’ (1969) Lee grabbed a Grammy for this, one of the most unusual singles to ever hit the US Top 20. Written and produced by noted rock’n’roll-era hitmakers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, stylistically it channels Kurt Weil and the spirit of the 20s Berlin cabaret scene.
- ‘Black Coffee’ (1953) The classic title track from one of Lee’s greatest albums is arguably one of the best torch songs ever recorded. The much-covered song was a hit first for jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, but Lee’s slow, sultry version – oozing sex, along with toxic levels of caffeine and nicotine – is memorable for its almost decadent nocturnal ambience.
- ‘It’s A Good Day’ (1946) Lee eventually went solo after leaving the Benny Goodman band in 1943. This song was her sixth single for Capitol and her fourth written with her first husband, guitarist Dave Barbour (who contributes a deft solo).
One of the most important musical influences of the 20th century, Peggy Lee wrote over 200 songs, recorded over 1,100 masters, and had over 100 chart hits throughout her six-decade career.
Peggy Lee, original name Norma Deloris Egstrom, (born May 26, 1920, Jamestown, N.D., U.S.—died Jan. 21, 2002, Los Angeles, Calif.), American popular singer and songwriter, known for her alluring, delicately husky voice and reserved style.
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Over her seven-decade career, Peggy Lee helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer, and her quietly captivating voice continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.