Don't you just love a good show biz biography? Fever, The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee is just out, chronicling the achivements and impact of this lady, who sang with the Big Bands, sang on her own, and owned a song like few other singers. She was also a composer, with over 200 songs to her credit.
Do you remember seeing her perform on TV, cool and blonde, with her minimalist style? Powells shares a review of the book originally printed in Atlantic Monthly:
Peggy Lee, of course, was one of the first great singer-songwriters (she amassed more than 200 composing credits). She was also among her era’s finest recording artists (with her 1956 Black Coffee, which epitomized world-weary sophistication for a generation, she pioneered the "concept album"). She was, moreover, the greatest chanteuse of her age (her minimalist and confessional style perfectly suited the intimacy of the nightclub, and her act at Ciro’s in the 1940s and, above all, her engagement at Basin Street East in the winter of 1961 remain legendary). She was, as Hoefer declared, simply "the greatest white female jazz singer since Mildred Bailey."