Peggy Lee

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Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee 1950.JPG
Photographed in 1950
Background information
Birth name Norma Deloris Egstrom
Born (1920-05-26)May 26, 1920
Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died January 21, 2002(2002-01-21) (aged 81)
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Traditional pop, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, songwriter
Years active 1941–2000
Labels Decca Records
Capitol Records

Peggy Lee (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 art songs.

Early life[edit]

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, and his wife Selma Amelia (Anderson) Egstrom. She and her family were Lutherans.[1] Her father was Swedish American and her mother was Norwegian American.[2] Her mother died when Lee was just four years old.[3] Afterward, her father married Min Schaumber, who treated her with great cruelty while her alcoholic father did little to stop it.[4] Later, she developed her musical talent and took several part-time jobs so that she could be away from home.

Lee first sang professionally over KOVC radio in Valley City, North Dakota.[5] 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 small 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.[6] Miss Lee left home and traveled to Los Angeles at the age of 17.

She returned to North Dakota for a tonsillectomy, and was noticed by hotel owner Frank Beringin while working at the Doll House in Palm Springs, California.[7] It was here that she developed her trademark sultry purr – having decided to compete with the noisy crowd with subtlety rather than volume. Beringin offered her a gig at The Buttery Room, a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel East in Chicago. 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.[8][9]

Recording career[edit]

In 1942 Lee had her first No. 1 hit, "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place",[10] followed by 1943's "Why Don't You Do Right?" (originally sung by Lil Green), which sold over a million copies and made her famous. She sang with Goodman's orchestra in two 1943 films, Stage Door Canteen and The Powers Girl.

In March 1943 Lee married Dave Barbour, a guitarist in Goodman's band.[5] Peggy 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."

When Lee and Barbour left the band, the idea was that he would work in the studios and she would keep house and raise their daughter, Nicki. But she drifted back to songwriting and occasional recording sessions for the fledgling Capitol Records in 1947, for whom she produced a long string of hits, many of them with lyrics and music by Lee and Barbour, including "I Don't Know Enough About You" (1946) and "It's a Good Day" (1947). With the release of the US No. 1-selling record of 1948, "Mañana", her "retirement" was over. In 1948, Lees work was part of Capitol's library of electrical transcriptions for radio stations. An ad for Capitol Transcriptions in a trade magazine noted that the transcriptions included "special voice introductions by Peggy."[11]

In 1948 Lee joined Perry Como and Jo Stafford as a rotating host of the NBC Radio musical program The Chesterfield Supper Club.[12][13] She was also a regular on NBC's Jimmy Durante Show and appeared frequently on Bing Crosby's radio shows throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s.

She left Capitol for Decca Records in 1952, but returned to Capitol in 1957.[14] She is most famous for her cover version of the Little Willie John hit "Fever" written by Eddie Cooley and John Davenport,[15] to which she added her own, uncopyrighted lyrics ("Romeo loved Juliet," "Captain Smith and Pocahontas") and her rendition of Leiber and Stoller's "Is That All There Is?". Her relationship with the Capitol label spanned almost three decades, aside from her brief but artistically rich detour (1952–1956) at Decca Records, where in 1953 she recorded one of her most acclaimed albums, Black Coffee. While recording for Decca, Lee had hit singles with the songs "Lover" and "Mister Wonderful".

In her 60-year-long career, Peggy was 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 President's Award, the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Living Legacy Award[16] from the Women's International Center. In 1999 Lee was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[17]


Lee was a successful songwriter, with songs from the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp, for which she also supplied the singing and speaking voices of four characters.[18] Her collaborators included Laurindo Almeida, Harold Arlen, Sonny Burke, Cy Coleman, Duke Ellington, Dave Grusin, Quincy Jones, Francis Lai, Jack Marshall, Johnny Mandel, Marian McPartland, Willard Robison, Lalo Schifrin and Victor Young.

She wrote the lyrics for:

  • "I Don't Know Enough About You"
  • "It's A Good Day", composed by Dave Barbour
  • "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'", composed with Duke Ellington
  • "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter"
  • "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)"
  • "Bless You (For The Good That's In You)", composed with Mel Tormé
  • "What More Can a Woman Do?"
  • "Don't Be Mean to Baby"
  • "New York City Ghost", composed with Victor Young
  • "You Was Right, Baby"
  • "Just an Old Love of Mine"
  • "Everything's Movin' Too Fast"
  • "The Shining Sea"
  • "He's A Tramp"
  • "The Siamese Cat Song"
  • "There Will Be Another Spring"
  • "Johnny Guitar", composed with Victor Young
  • "Sans Souci", composed with Sonny Burke
  • "So What's New?"
  • "Don't Smoke in Bed"
  • "I Love Being Here With You"
  • "Happy With the Blues" with Harold Arlen
  • "Where Can I Go Without You?", composed with Victor Young
  • "Things Are Swingin'"
  • "Then Was Then" with Cy Coleman

Her first published song was in 1941, "Little Fool". "What More Can a Woman Do?" was recorded by Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)" was no.1 for 9 weeks on the Billboard singles chart in 1948, from the week of March 13 to May 8.

Lee was a mainstay of Capitol Records when rock and roll came onto the American music scene. She was among the first of the "old guard" to recognize this new genre, as seen by her recording music from The Beatles, Randy Newman, Carole King, James Taylor and other up-and-coming songwriters. From 1957 until her final disc for the company in 1972, she produced a steady stream of two or three albums per year which usually included standards (often arranged quite differently from the original), her own compositions, and material from young artists.

Acting career[edit]

In 1952, Lee starred opposite Danny Thomas in The Jazz Singer (1952) a Technicolor remake of the early Al Jolson part-talkie film The Jazz Singer (1927).

Lee played an alcoholic blues singer in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[19]

Lee did the speaking and singing voices for several characters in Disney's Lady and the Tramp (1955): she played the human "Darling" (in the first part of the movie), the dog "Peg", and the two Siamese cats "Si and Am".[18]

In 1957, Lee guest starred on the short-lived ABC variety program, The Guy Mitchell Show.

Personal life[edit]

Lee was married four times; each marriage ended in divorce:

  • Guitarist and composer Dave Barbour (1943–1951); daughter Nicki Lee Foster (born 1943)
  • Actor Brad Dexter (1953)
  • Actor Dewey Martin (1956–1958)
  • Bandleader and percussionist Jack Del Rio (1964–1965)

Retirement and death[edit]

Peggy Lee's bench

Lee continued to perform into the 1990s, sometimes in a wheelchair.[20][21] After years of poor health, Lee died of complications from diabetes and a heart attack at age 81. She was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles' Westwood, Los Angeles, California neighborhood.[22] On her marker in a garden setting is inscribed, "Music is my life's breath."


Academy Awards memorial omission[edit]

She was not featured in the memorial tribute during the 2002 Academy Awards ceremony. When her family requested she be featured in the following year's ceremony, the Academy stated they did not honor requests and Lee was omitted because her contribution to film and her legacy were not deemed significant enough, although she had been nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Pete Kelly's Blues. Her family pointed out that, although she had been omitted, R&B singer/actress Aaliyah, who had died a few months earlier, was included, despite having been in only one moderately successful film, Romeo Must Die (Queen of the Damned had yet to be released). The Academy provided no comment on the oversight.


Lee was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lee is a recipient of North Dakota's Rough Rider Award; the Pied Piper Award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); the Presidents Award, from the Songwriters Guild of America; the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement, from the Society of Singers; and the Living Legacy Award, from the Women's International Center. In 1999 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Carnegie Hall tribute[edit]

In 2003, "There'll Be Another Spring: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee" was held at Carnegie Hall.[23] Produced by recording artist Richard Barone, the sold-out event included performances by Cy Coleman, Debbie Harry, Nancy Sinatra, Rita Moreno, Marian McPartland, Chris Connor, Petula Clark, and others. In 2004 Barone brought the event to a sold-out Hollywood Bowl,[24] and then to Chicago's Ravinia Festival, with expanded casts including Maureen McGovern, Jack Jones and Bea Arthur. The Carnegie Hall concert was broadcast on NPR's "Jazz Set".

In popular culture[edit]


  • Peter Richmond, Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee, 2006, Henry Holt and Company, ISBN 0-8050-7383-3
  • Robert Strom, Miss Peggy Lee: A Career Chronicle, 2005, McFarland Publishing, ISBN 0-7864-1936-9
  • James Gavin, Is That All There Is? - The Strange Life Of Peggy Lee, 2014, Atria Books, ISBN 1451641684
Album liner notes
  • Will Friedwald, Album liner notes The Best of Peggy Lee, The Capitol Years


Capitol Records[edit]

  • 1948 Rendezvous with Peggy Lee (set of 78s: 6 songs)
  • 1952 Rendezvous with Peggy Lee (10-inch LP: 8 songs; 12-inch LP: 12 songs)

Decca Records[edit]

  • 1957 Dream Street
  • 1957 Songs from Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp"
  • 1958 Sea Shells (recorded 1955)
  • 1959 Miss Wonderful (recorded 1956)
  • 1964 Lover (recorded 1952)
  • 1964 The Fabulous Peggy Lee (recorded 1953–56)


Capitol Albums[edit]

Post-Capitol albums[edit]


With Benny Goodman and His Orchestra[edit]

1 Denotes non-Peggy Lee, non-album B-sides

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart Positions [29] Album
UK[30] AU[31]
1941 "Elmer's Tune"
b/w "The Birth Of The Blues"1
Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman
"I See A Million People"
b/w "The Count"1
Non-album tracks
"Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)"
b/w "The Earl"1
Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet
"I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)"
b/w "Pound Ridge"1
25 Non-album tracks
"Shady Lady Bird"
b/w "Buckle Down Winsocki"1
"Winter Weather" (with Art Lund)
b/w "Everthing I Love"
24 Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet
"How Long Has This Been Going On"
b/w "Clarinet A La King"1
Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman
"Blues In The Night"
b/w "Where Or When" (from Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet)
20 Non-album tracks
"Somebody Else Is Taking My Place"
b/w "That Did It, Marie" (from Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman)
1942 "Somebody Nobody Loves"
b/w "Let's Give Love A Chance"1
Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet
"The Lamp Of Memory"
b/w "When The Roses Bloom Again"1
Non-album tracks
"My Little Cousin"
b/w "A Zoot Suit"1
14 Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet
"We'll Meet Again"
b/w "Before"1
16 Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman
"Not Mine"
b/w "If You Build A Better Mousetrap" (with Art London, non-album track)
Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet
"Full Moon"
b/w "I Threw A Kiss In The Ocean"
22 Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman
"The Way You Look Tonight"
b/w "The Wang Wang Blues" (Non-album track)
21 Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet
"On The Sunny Side Of The Street"
b/w "All I Need Is You" (from Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman)
1943 "Why Don't You Do Right?"
b/w "Six Flats Unfurnished"1
4 12 Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
1945 "My Old Flame"
b/w "How Deep Is The Ocean" (Non-album track)
Peggy Lee Sings With Benny Goodman
1947 "On The Sunny Side Of The Street"
b/w "Serenade In Blue"1
Benny Goodman, His Orchestra and Sextet
1948 "On The Sunny Side Of The Street"
b/w "There's A Small Hotel"1
"For Every Man, There's A Woman"
b/w "Beyond The Sea"1
25 Non-album tracks
"Somebody Else is Taking My Place"
b/w "Why Don't You Do Right" (from Rendezvous With Peggy Lee)
1950 "I See A Million People"
b/w "I See A Million People" (Cab Calloway)1

With Bob Crosby & His Orchestra[edit]

Both are non-charting, non-album tracks

Year Title
1945 "Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe"
b/w "It's Anybody's Spring"

Peggy Lee solo, accompanied by various orchestras[edit]

Year Single (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Chart Positions [29] Album
UK[30] AU[31]
1945 "What More Can A Woman Do?"
b/w "You Was Right, Baby"
Non-album tracks
"Waitin' For The Train To Come In" / 4
1946 "I'm Glad I Waited For You" 24
"I Don't Know Enough About You"
bw "I Can See It Your Way" (Non-album track)
7 16 Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
"Linger in My Arms a Little Longer, Baby"
b/w "Baby You Can Count On Me"
16 Non-album tracks
"It's All Over Now"
b/w "Aren't You Kind Of Glad We Did?"
1947 "It's A Good Day"
b/w "He's Just My Kind" (Non-album track)
16 Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
"Everything's Moving Too Fast"
b/w "It's Lovin' Time"
21 Non-album tracks
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
b/w "Speaking Of Angels" (Non-album track)
My Best To You - Peggy Lee Sings
"Chi-baba, Chi-baba (My Bambino, Go To Sleep)"
b/w "Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back"
10 Non-album tracks
"It Takes A Long Long Train With A Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away)"
b/w "Just An Old Love Of Mine"
"There'll Be Some Changes Made"
b/w "A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues" (from My Best To You - Peggy Lee Sings)
"Golden Earrings"
b/w "I'll Dance At Your Wedding" (Non-album track)
2 3 Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
1948 "Mañana (Is Soon Enough For Me)" / 1 3
"All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart" 21 Non-album tracks
"Laroo, Laroo, Lili Bolero" / 13
"Talking To Myself About You" 23
"Don't Smoke In Bed"
b/w "Everybody Loves Somebody" (Non-album track)
22 Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
"Caramba! It's The Samba" / 13 Non-album tracks
"Baby, Don't Be Mad At Me" 21
"Bubble Loo, Bubble Loo"
b/w "Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)" (from My Best To You - Peggy Lee Sings)
"Just A Shade On The Blue Side"
b/w "Don't Be So Mean To Baby"
"So Dear To My Heart"
b/w "Love Your Spell Is Everywhere"
"Hold Me"
b/w "I Wanna Go Where You Go, Then I'll Be Happy" (Non-album track)
Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
1949 "You Was" (with Dean Martin)
b/w "Someone Like You"
Non-album tracks
"Blum Blum, I Wonder Who I Am"
b/w "If You Could See Me Now"
"Similau (See-Me-Lo)"
b/w "While We're Young" (from Rendezvous With Peggy Lee)
"Bali Ha'i"
b/w "There Is Nothin' Like A Dame"
(by Dave Barbour, his Orchestra and Male Chorus)
13 19
"Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)"
b/w "Please Love Me Tonight"
2 1
"You Can Have Him"
b/w "At The Cafe Rendezvous"
"Neon Signs"
b/w "Through A Long and Sleepless Night"
"A Man Wrote A Song"
b/w "Run For The Roadhouse, Nellie"
"The Christmas Spell"
b/w "Song At Midnight"
1950 "The Old Master Painter"
b/w "Bless You"
(Both tracks with Mel Tormé)
9 9
"My Small Senor"
b/w "When You Speak With Your Eyes"
"Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow"
b/w "Sugar (That Sugar Baby O'Mine)"
"Goodbye, John"
b/w "Sunshine Cake"
"Crazy, He Calls Me"
b/w "Them There Eyes" (from Rendezvous With Peggy Lee)
"Once Around The Moon"
b/w "Cry, Cry, Cry"
"Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World"
b/w "Happy Music"
b/w "Lover Come Back To Me"
"Life Is So Peculiar"
b/w "Once In A Lifetime"
"Ay Ay Chug A Chug"
b/w "Where Are You?"
1951 "Climb Up The Mountain"
b/w "The Mill On The Floss"
"Yeah Yeah Yeah"
b/w "Rock Me To Sleep"
"The Cannonball Express"
b/w "That Ol' Devil (Won't Get Me)"
"He's Only Wonderful"
b/w "It Never Happen To Me"
"If You Turn Me Down"
b/w "Boulevard Cafe"
"(When I Dance With You) I Get Ideas"
b/w "Tonight You Belong To Me"
14 2
"That Old Feeling" (with The Capitol Jazzmen)
b/w "That Old Feeling" (Instrumental)
"I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
b/w "I Don't Know Enough About You"
Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
"Don't Fan The Flame"
b/w "Telling Me Yes, Telling Me No"
(Both sides with Mel Tormé)
Non-album tracks
"Wandering Swallow"
b/w "I Love You But I Don't Like You"
"While We're Young"
b/w "Birmingham Jail" (Non-album track)
Rendezvous With Peggy Lee
1952 "Shame On You"
b/w "Would You Dance With A Stranger"
Non-album tracks
"Goin' On A Hayride"
b/w "Ev'rytime"
"Be Anything (But Be Mine)" / 21 13 Lover
"Forgive Me" 12
b/w "You Go To My Head"
"Watermelon Weather"
b/w "The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night"
(Both sides with Bing Crosby)
28 15 Non-album tracks
"Just One Of Those Things"
b/w "I'm Glad There Is You"
14 Lover
"River, River"
b/w "Sans Souci"
"Little Jack Frost Get Lost" (with Bing Crosby)
b/w "Sleigh Ride" (Bing Crosby solo)
Non-album tracks
1953 "I Hear The Music Now"
b/w "This Is A Very Special Day"
"Who's Gonna Pay The Check"
b/w "Sorry Baby, You Let Me Love Get Cold" (from The Fabulous Peggy Lee)
22 Non-album track
"My Heart Belongs To Daddy"
b/w "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Black Coffee With Peggy Lee
"The Night Holds No Fear"
b/w "Apples, Peaches and Cherries" (from The Best Of Peggy Lee)
So Blue
"Baubles, Bangles, & Beads"
b/w "Love You So" (Non-album track)
30 9 The Best Of Peggy Lee
"Ring Those Christmas Bells"
b/w "It's Christmas Time Again"
Non-album tracks
1954 "Where Can I Go Without You"
b/w "Go You Go Where You Go" (from Lover)
28 The Best Of Peggy Lee
"Johnny Guitar"
b/w "Autumn In Rome"
The Fabulous Peggy Lee
"Summer Vacation"
b/w "That's What A Woman Is For" (from The Best Of Peggy Lee)
Non-album track
"Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me"
b/w "Sisters"
Selections From Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"
"White Christmas"
b/w "Snow"
(Both sides with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Trudy Stevens)
"Let Me Go, Lover"
b/w "Bouquet Of Blues"
26 Non-album tracks
1955 "Straight Ahead"
b/w "It Must Be So"
"He's A Tramp"
b/w "The Siamese Cat Song"
Songs From Walt Disney's "Lady and The Tramp"
"I Belong To You"
b/w "How Bitter My Sweet" (from The Best Of Peggy Lee)
The Fabulous Peggy Lee
"Bella Notte"
b/w "La La Lu"
Songs From Walt Disney's "Lady and The Tramp"
"Ooh That Kiss"
b/w "Oh! No! (Please Don't Go)" (from The Fabulous Peggy Lee)
The Best Of Peggy Lee
"He Needs Me"
b/w "Sing A Rainbow"
Songs From "Pete Kelly's Blues"
"Sugar (That Sugar Baby Of Mine)"
b/w "What Can I Say After I Say I'm Sorry?"
"Pablo Pasablo"
b/w "Me" (from The Fabulous Peggy Lee)
Non-album track
1956 "Mr. Wonderful"
b/w "Crazy In The Heart"
14 5 10 Miss Wonderful
"The Come Back"
b/w "You've Got To Se Mamma Every Night"
"Joey, Joey, Joey"
b/w "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (from Miss Wonderful)
76 Crazy In The Heart
"We Laughed At Love"
b/w "That's Alright, Honey"
Miss Wonderful
"You Oughtta Be Mine"
b/w "I Don't Know Enough About You" (from Rendezvous With Peggy Lee)
1957 "Where Flamingos Fly"
b/w "The Gypsy With Fire In His Shoes" (from The Fabulous Peggy Lee)
"Every Night"
b/w "Baby, Baby Wait For Me"
Non-album tracks
"Listen To The Rockin' Bird"
b/w "Uninvited Dream"
1958 "Fever"
b/w "You Don't Know"
8 5 2 All Aglow Again!
"Never Mind"
b/w "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong" (from Miss Wonderful)
The Best Of Peggy Lee
"Light Of Love" / 63 55 Non-album tracks
"Sweetheart" 98
1959 "Alright, Okay, You Win" / 68 Things Are Swingin'
"My Man" 81 All Aglow Again!
"Hallelujah, I Love Him So"
b/w "I'm Lookin' Out The Window"
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
b/w "It Ain't Necessarily So" (from Black Coffee With Peggy Lee)
The Best Of Peggy Lee
"You Came A Long Way From St. Louis"
b/w "I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City"
(Both sides with George Shearing, recorded live at 1959 Miami DJ Convention)
Beauty and The Beat!
"You Deserve"
b/w "Where Do I Go From Here"
All Aglow Again!
"The Tree"
b/w "The Christmas List"
Christmas Carousel
1960 "Heart"
b/w "C'est Magnifique"
41 Latin Ala Lee!
"I'm Gonna Go Fishin'"
b/w "My Gentle Young Johnny" (Non-album track)
Extra Special!
"Christmas Carousel"
b/w "I Like A Sleighride (Jingle Bells)"
Christmas Carousel
"Bucket Of Tears"
b/w "I Love Being Here With You" (Non-album track)
Extra Special!
1961 "Till There Was You"
b/w "Bucket Of Tears" (from Extra Special!)
30 Latin Ala Lee!
"Yes Indeed!"
b/w "Boston Beans" (Non-album track)
The Hits Of Peggy Lee
"Hey Look Me Over"
b/w "When He Makes Music"
Extra Special!
1962 "Loads Of Love"
b/w "The Sweetest Sounds" (from Sugar 'N' Spice)
Non-album track
"Tell All The World About You"
b/w "Amazing" (from Extra Special!)
Sugar 'N' Spice
"I'm A Woman"
b/w "Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)" (from Sugar 'N' Spice)
54 79 I'm A Woman
1963 "The Alley Cat Song"
b/w "Little Boat" (Non-album track)
"A Doodlin' Song"
b/w "Got That Magic" (from In Love Again!)
88 '"Extra Special!
1964 "A Lot Of Livin' To Do"
b/w "I Can't Stop Loving You"
In Love Again!
"In The Name Of Love"
b/w "My Sin"
132 In The Name Of Love
"After You've Gone"
b/w "Talk To Me Baby"
"You've Got To See Mamma Every Night"
b/w "Black Coffee" (from Black Coffee With Peggy Lee)
Miss Wonderful
1965 "Pass Me By"
b/w "That's What It Takes"
93 20 Pass Me By
b/w "Sneakin' Up On You"
"The Shadow Of Your Smile"
b/w "Maybe This Summer" (Non-album track)
That Was Then and Now Is Now
"I Go To Sleep"
b/w "Stop Living In The Past" (Non-album track)
"Free Spirits"
b/w "Ev'rybody Has The Right To Be Wrong"
1966 "Big Spender"
b/w "Trapped (In The Web Of Love)" (from That Was Then and Now Is Now)
9 Big Spender
"That Man"
b/w "You Don't Know" (from Big Spender)
31 Non-album track
"You've Got Possibilities"
b/w "Come Back To Me"
36 Big Spender
"Happy Feet"
b/w "Stay With Me"
Non-album tracks
"So, What's New" / 20 Extra Special!
"Walking Happy" 14
1967 "I Feel It"
b/w "The Lonesome Road"
8 Non-album tracks
1968 "Reason To Believe"
b/w "Didn't Want To Have To Do It"
"It'll Never Happen Again"
b/w "Misty Roses"
1969 "Spinning Wheel"
b/w "Lean On Me"
24 A Natural Woman
"Is That All There Is?"
b/w "Me and My Shadow" (first pressings)
"I'm A Woman" (later pressings, from I'm A Woman)
11 1 62 Is That All There Is?
"Whistle For Happiness"
b/w "Something"
1970 "Love Story"
b/w "My Old Flame"
105 26
"You'll Remember Me"
b/w "Have You Seen My Baby"
16 Bridge Over Troubled Water
"One More Ride On The Merry-Go-Round"
b/w "Pieces Of Dreams" (from Raindrops)
21 Make It With You
1971 "Where Did They Go"
b/w "All I Want"
Where Did They Go
1972 "Love Song"
b/w "Someone Who Cares"
34 Norma Deloris Egstrom From Jamestown, North Dakota
1974 "Let's Love"
b/w "Always"
22 Let's Love
1975 "Some Cats Know"
b/w "I Remember"
1992 "Fever" (Reissue)
b/w "I'm A Woman"
75 Fever: The Best Of Peggy Lee

Film, television and gaming[edit]

  • Mafia II (August 2010). "Why Don't You Do Right" and "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe" appear on the Delta radio station.
  • Fallout: New Vegas (October 2010). "Why Don't You Do Right" and "Johnny Guitar" plays randomly on the radio.


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  4. ^ Eriksmoen, Curt (May 13, 2012). "Peggy Lee had a difficult childhood". Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
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  10. ^ Gilliland, John (1994). Pop Chronicles the 40s: The Lively Story of Pop Music in the 40s (audiobook). ISBN 978-1-55935-147-8. OCLC 31611854.  Tape 2, side B.
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