Monday, February 06, 2012

Peggy Lee

I thought I had uploaded some tracks from this a few years back but no sign of it in the old posts. So here is Side Two from a great LP on the Ace Of Hearts label from the 50's I would guess. Lots of old standard show tunes done in a lazy jazz tinged way only Peggy could sing them. No idea who's playing on this but some great musicianship throughout.

Wikipedia says -

"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. Her mother, Selma Amelia (Anderson), died when Lee was four years old. Her father was Swedish American and her mother was Norwegian American.
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 paltry 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. Thereafter, Lee left home and traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17.
She returned to North Dakota for a tonsillectomy, and later made her way to Chicago for a gig at The Buttery Room, a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel East. 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."

Tracks are as follows -

1. A Woman Alone With The Blues
2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
3. When The World Was Young
4. Love Me Or Leave Me
5. You're My Thrill
6. There's A Small Hotel

Peggy Lee - Side Two

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