Peggy King on The Jack Benny Show
|Born||February 16, 1930|
Peggy King (born 16 February 1930, Greensburg, Pennsylvania) is a jazz and pop vocalist and former TV personality. She got her start with the bands of Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flanagan and Ray Anthony and was featured on an early TV series with Mel Torme.
She is best remembered as "pretty perky Peggy King" on The George Gobel Show, on which she appeared for three seasons. She was also a frequent TV guest-star, including Bob Hope's 1956 Chevy Show (filmed during his USO show in Alaska), American Bandstand, Maverick, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Jack Benny Show. Signed to a contract by MGM in 1952, she had a cameo in Vincente Minnelli's classic film The Bad and the Beautiful and recorded with Skip Martin for MGM Records. Mitch Miller then signed her to a long-term contract on Columbia Records, which led to two bestselling albums, "Wish Upon on a Star" and "Girl Meets Boy" (both reissued on CD by Collectables), and a string of hit singles. She portrayed the stewardess Janet Turner in the film, Zero Hour! (1957), which became the basis for the disaster spoof, Airplane!. She starred opposite Tab Hunter in the original television musical Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates (1958) directed by Sidney Lumet and in a musical version of Jack and the Beanstalk co-starring Joel Grey, Celeste Holm and Cyril Ritchard. Her more recent albums include "Lazy Afternoon" (recently reissued on CD by EMI), "Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight" and "Peggy King Sings Jerome Kern." The original cast album of Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates was reissued by Sepia Records with the addition of 20 of her classic Columbia recordings.
The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia  inducted Peggy King into their Hall of Fame in 2010 and she hosts a two-hour interview program on WYYR.com. She is featured in the 2013 HBO film Behind the Candelabra, via a 1955 TV clip in which she sings "When Liberace Winks at Me" accompanied by the real Liberace. She resumed her singing career with the Philadelphia-based All-Star Jazz Trio  and received strong notices at 54 Below in New York.
- Peggy King at the Internet Movie Database
- Peggy King Official Website
- Peggy King on the 1954-57 George Gobel Show
- Peggy King in the 1955 film Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
- Peggy King singing When Liberace Winks at Me in 1955 and Behind the Candelabra
- Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia website
- Peggy King sings live, at an April 2013 appearance
- Peggy King internet radio show on WYYR.com
- Peggy King at 54 Below, Dec. 30,2013
- Peggy King at Metropolitan Room, Feb. 23, 2014