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Peggy Lee

As a blues-influenced jazz singer, Lee's restrained yet soulful subdued singing style has been compared to Billie Holiday. Her long singing career virtually encompassed the history of American popular music between 1940 and 1970. In addition, she acted in films and revealed herself to be an accomplished songwriter.

Born on a farm, Lee sang with the Four of Us in small clubs in the Midwest and California before being discovered by Benny Goodman in Chicago in 1941 and joining his band as replacement for Helen Forrest. Her first recordings with Goodman, including Irving Berlin's "How Deep Is the Ocean" (Columbia, 1941), were merely competent, but her 1942 recording of "Why Don't You Do Right?" revealed an individual style. Written by Lee herself (sic), it was based on a blues song by Lil Green. In 1943, after her marriage to Goodman's guitarist David Barbour, she left the band and retired to raise a family, only occasionally recording (sic). Among her first solo hits were "Manana" (Capitol, 1948), written with Barbour; "Bali Ha'i" (Capitol, 1949) and "Lover" (Decca, 1952), her spectacular mambo version of Lorenz Hart's and Richard Rodgers' waltz with an orchestra backing supplied by Gordon Jenkins.

In the early fifties, Lee formed a songwriting partnership with the Hollywood composer Victor Young, which produced "Where Can I Go Without You?," among other songs. In 1955, she demonstrated her versatility when she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as the fading singer in "Pete Kelly's Blues" and lent her voice to Walt Disney for his first (sic) full-length animated cartoon, "Lady and the Tramp," in which she sang her own compositions "He's a Tramp" and "The Siamese Cat Song." On record, her material ranged from show tunes like "Mr. Wonderful" and "Joey, Joey, Joey" (Decca, 1956) to big band blues such as "Alright, Okay, You Win" (Capitol, 1959), based on Joe Williams and Count Basie's interpretation. She also sang rhythm and blues including a fine version of Little Willie John's "Fever" (Capitol, 1958) and Ray Charles's "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" (Capitol, 1959), and recorded immaculate collections of popular ballads, such as "The Man I Love" (Capitol, 1957), which included her celebrated rendition of Jerome Kern's "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" and her album with George Shearing, "Beauty and the Beat" (Capitol, 1959).

Lee's openness to so many forms of music - she even recorded an album of folk songs, "Sea Shells" (Decca, 1956) - led her to become one of the first mainstream performers to record material by The Beatles and other contemporary songwriters. In 1969 she returned to the Top Twenty with her highly formal version of Leiber and Stoller's "Is That All There Is?," arranged by Randy Newman. It was taken from an album of the duo's songs, "Mirrors" (A&M) (sic). Throughout the seventies and eighties she toured intermittently.

Peggy Lee : The Peggy Lee Songbook : Solo : Songbook : 073999061352 : 0793572819 : 00306135

Peggy Lee : The Peggy Lee Songbook

Peggy Lee was an American Grammy award winning Jazz and Popular Music singer, songwriter, composer and actress. She first came to prominence in the 1940s with her #1 hits Somebody Is Taking Your Place and Manana, having a string of successful albums and top 10 hits in three consecutive decades. However, Peggy Lee is today internationally recognized for her signature song Fever. Lee was also an accomplished actress, starring in the hit movies The Jazz Singer, Disney's Lady and the Tramp and Pete Kelly's Blues, for which she received the Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Peggy Lee is also widely regarded as one of the most influential jazz vocalists of all time, being cited as a mentor to diverse artists such as; Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Madonna and Dusty Springfield. In her 60 year long career, Peggy has been 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 Presidents Award, the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Living Legacy Award, from the Women's International Center. In 1999 Peggy Lee was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Here are 18 of her greatest hits

Songlist: Big Spender, Fever, Golden Earrings, He's A Tramp, I Love Being Here With You, I'm A Woman, Is That All There Is, It's A Good Day, Johnny Guitar, Just One Of Those Things, Lover, Manana, Mr. Wonderful, The Siamese Cat Song, Somebody Else Is Taking My Place, Them There Eyes, This Is A Very Special Day, Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money, Too!)

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Voicing: Solo | Performed by Peggy Lee | 5243b | Songbook | $19.95 | PVG

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Fever : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Peggy Lee : Songbook : 08742443 : 073999687798

Kirby Shaw : Fever

Peggy Lee's sizzling sound is adapted for SSA in a sensational setting by Kirby Shaw. Available: SSA, ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 3:05.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: Peggy Lee

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
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| 08742443 | Showtrax CD Available

It's a Good Day : 2-Part : John Leavitt : Peggy Lee : Sheet Music : 08552044 : 884088213954

John Leavitt : It's a Good Day

It's always a good day for singing a song and your singers will do just that with this sparkling setting of the Peggy Lee classic arranged for young voices! An ideal concert opener! Discovery Level 2 Available separately: 2-Part, VoiceTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:00.

Arranger: John Leavitt Performed By: Peggy Lee

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08552044 | Voicetrax CD Available

Ladies of Jazz - A Tribute to Ella, Billie and Peggy : SSA : Kirby Shaw : Peggy Lee : Sheet Music : 08752861 : 884088553753

Kirby Shaw : Ladies of Jazz - A Tribute to Ella, Billie and Peggy

Salute the great female jazz artists from the past, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee, with this 10-minute medley of hits and showcase your own ensemble of stars of the future! Includes: Cheek to Cheek, Fever, God Bless' the Child. Available separately: SSA, ShowTrax CD. Rhythm parts available digitally (gtr, b, dm). Duration: ca. 9:45.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw Performed By: Peggy Lee

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.95 | With Piano |
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| 08752861 | Showtrax CD Available

The Tree : 2-Part : Cristi Cary Miller : Peggy Lee : Sheet Music : 08752913 : 884088556525

Cristi Cary Miller : The Tree

From Peggy Lee's Christmas Carousel album comes this playful song based on Schumann's The Happy Farmer and celebrating the joy of finding and decorating the perfect Christmas tree! Charming! Available separately: 2-Part, ShowTrax CD. Duration: ca. 2:35.

Arranger: Cristi Cary Miller Performed By: Peggy Lee

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
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| 08752913 | Showtrax CD Available

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