Peggy Lee
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1920-05-26
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Peggy Lee Biography (BBC)

From the time of her early 1940s hit 'Why Don't You Do Right?' Lee managed to create an individual approach to each and every song. She was born Norma Deloris Egstrom but changed her name to Peggy Lee whilst working as a teenage singer on a local radio station in Fargo, North Dakota.

She had a traumatic upbringing, and moved home frequently, but she began singing around the Jamestown area with Doc Haines' Orchestra, later joining the big bands of Sev Olson and Will Osborne.

While she was singing in a vocal quartet at the Ambassador West in Chicago, Benny Goodman hired her to sing with his band for two years from 1941, recording a string of popular hits including 'I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good' and the chart-topping 'Somebody Else is Taking My Place'.

Her film debut was with Goodman, singing 'Why Don't You Do Right?' in the movie 'Stage Door Canteen' (1943). She married Goodman's guitarist, Dave Barbour, and after a temporary retirement from music, Lee began to produce a sequence of impressive and popular songs, including 'Golden Earrings', 'It's a Good Day' and 'Manana'.

She recorded albums with Nelson Riddle who had successfully backed Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. On screen she made 'Mr Music' (1950), 'The Jazz Singer' (1953), and 'Pete Kelly's Blues' (1955) for which she won an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her alcoholic nightclub singer in the midst of a breakdown. For 'Lady and The Tramp', she wrote several songs in addition to providing voices (sung and spoken) for four cartoon characters.

She had her greatest hit with the world-weary 'Is That All There Is?' From the 1970s onwards her public appearances were interspersed with bouts of illness, and she tended to appear wrapped in scarves and wearing dark glasses. Although she has had no hit records since the 1960s, she remained an influential force on generations of jazz singers until her death in 2002.

Peggy Lee Biography (Wikipedia)

Peggy Lee (born Norma Deloris Egstrom; 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 songs.

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Peggy Lee Tracks

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Two For The Road
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Two For The Road
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The Folks Who Live On The Hill
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The Folks Who Live On The Hill
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Last Night When We Were Young
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Last Night When We Were Young
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It Never Entered my Mind
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It Never Entered my Mind
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I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair
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I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair
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Apples Peaches And Cherries
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Apples Peaches And Cherries
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The Riddle Song (Album: Black Coffee and Sea Shells)
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The Riddle Song (Album: Black Coffee and Sea Shells)
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A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues
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A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues
Benny Goodman & Peggy Lee
We'll Meet Again
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We'll Meet Again
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A Nightingale Can Sing
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A Nightingale Can Sing
Playlists featuring Peggy Lee
The Great Sunday Songbook
The Great Sunday Songbook
Lauren Laverne: People's Playlist
Lauren Laverne: People's Playlist
Strictly Come Dancing 2015
Strictly Come Dancing 2015
South Side Story
South Side Story

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