I listen to Peggy Lee constantly. I listen to her when I’m driving, when I’m baking or cooking, when I’m doing the dishes. Her voice is absoloutely amazing and she is by far one of my favourite singers.
Peggy Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in 1922.
She started to sing at The Buttery Room, a nightclub in Ambassador Hotel East in Chicago. Benny Goodman’s fiancee visited and was impressed by Peggy Lee’s singing. She brought Benny Goodman in to listen because he was looking for a replacement for Helen Forrest. Peggy Lee claimed that she didn’t know that she would be the replacement and was thought that “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.”
Peggy Lee joined his band in 1941 and stayed with him for 2 years.
In 1942 she had her first No 1 hit ‘Somebody Else is Taking my Place’ followed by 1943’s ‘Why Don’t You Do Right?’.
In 1943, Peggy met a guitarist for Benny Goodman’s band. She 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.”
One of my favourite songs by Peggy Lee is ‘Black Coffee’. Another favourite is ‘Fever’.
She won 3 Grammy Awards.
She also wrote songs for ‘The Lady and The Tramp’. So, this goes to show that she was an accomplished songwriter as well!
Peggy Lee is such an inspiration. In fashion, music, and her life. She originally was going to stay home and bring up her children but she found that she kept drifting back to songwriting and singing.
Peggy Lee was truly an incredible woman.
I like the facial expressions she uses when she sings!