1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Peggy Lee (born May 26, 1920)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Fever 1957
Peggy Lee also had hits with Lover in 1952 and Mr. Wonderful in 1956.
Recording career on the charts:1945-1969 Record Labels: Decca & Capitol
A leading POP and jazz singer, Peggy Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota. The seventh of eight children, her mother died when she was four years old. She became famous singing with Benny Goodman’s orchestra in the early forties and went solo in the late forties. At the Doll House in Palm Springs, California, unable to shout above the clamor, she snared the audience attention by lowering her voice with a soft and ‘cool’ style that has become her trademark. Her captivating style is a distinctive combination of delicate and driving, husky and seductive. She and her then-husband Dave Barbour co-wrote many of her early hits including It’s a Good Day and Manana. Even after their divorce they continued their song-writing collaboration. Few vocalists had her staying power singing everything from jazz to blues, and singing it with a beat. She appeared in several major motion pictures including ‘The Jazz Singer’ in 1953 and as a despondent singer in ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues’ in 1955, earning her an Academy Award nomination as best supporting actress. She wrote the lyrics and supplied several voices for the Walt Disney animated feature ‘Lady and the Tramp’ in 1955.