Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook
Release date: April 9, 2021
40 tracks from 1951-52’s The Peggy Lee Show, most tracks previously unissued.
“Music is my life’s breath,” proclaims the epitaph of Norma Deloris Egstrom, better known to the entertainment world by her professional name of Peggy Lee. 2020 marked the centennial anniversary of this extraordinary artist and her considerable contributions to the world of jazz and popular music.
Over her seven-decade career, Peggy Lee helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer, and her quietly captivating voice continues to resonate with audiences of all ages. Born in an era where women struggled for equality—a conversation that continues today—and carrying the burden of years of a traumatic childhood, she was a true pioneer and survivor to her core. What she accomplished as a woman, and as an artist, is nothing short of extraordinary.
Her vast and varied catalog of songs flourished from such longevity in the music business: she recorded more than 1,100 masters and over 50 original albums. Her total number of radio broadcast performances is over 800, and her television appearances surpass the 200-mark.
Best known for such songs as “Fever,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” “I’m A Woman” and “Is That All There Is?,” she amassed over 100 chart entries beginning with “I Got It Bad” (1941) and culminating, to date, with the posthumous hit “Similau” (2017). Among the myriad music honors bestowed upon Lee are 13 GRAMMY® Award nominations, a GRAMMY win in 1969, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
Omnivore Recordings and Peggy Lee Associates are proud to announce the April 9th release of Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings The Great American Songbook. Compiled to accompany the 2020 PBS documentary, Fever: The Music Of Peggy Lee, this 2-CD, 40 song set features dozens of previously unissued performances from Lee’s 1951-1952 radio program. Besides Lee’s renditions of American standard classics, guest songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Frank Loesser and Johnny Mercer also make rare duet appearances.
In addition to the fantastic performances, this 2-CD set features new liner notes from The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese and Restoration and Mastering from multiple Grammy®-winning Engineer Michael Graves.
Lee stayed active as a concert performer until 1995, when she gave her final performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In 1998 she suffered a stroke, and on January 21, 2002 she passed away at her home in Bel Air, California. In one of the many obituaries that celebrated her extraordinary musicianship, renowned jazz critic Nat Hentoff wrote a fitting epitaph: “Her main quality was a marvelous sense of subtlety. She never overpowered you. You could hear her voice after it stopped.”
And 100 years after she was born, we’re still hearing it.
Peggy Lee Introduction Johnny Mercer Introduction Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positivewith Johnny Mercer Goody Goody Come Rain Or Come Shine That Old Black Magic (Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young Johnny Mercer Introduction Medley: Jeepers Creepers/Too Marvelous For Words/Mandy Is Two/Blues In The Nightwith Johnny Mercer My Funny Valentine The Lady Is A Tramp I Could Write A Book This Can’t Be Love Lover Something Wonderful Mountain Greenery From This Moment On I’ve Got You Under My Skin What Is This Thing Called Love? Just One Of Those Things Everything Happens To Me Medley: We Belong Together/Angel Eyes/Let’s Get Away From It Allwith Matt Dennis It’s A Good Day I Don’t Know Enough About You Mañana Whee Baby Skylark Medley: Georgia On My Mind/I Get Along Without You Very Well/Old Rockin’ Chair/Little Old Lady/Small Fry/Two Sleepy Peoplewtih Hoagy Carmichael Hoop Dee Doo Frank Loesser Introduction Medley: Jingle, Jangle, Jingle/If I Were A Bell/On A Slow Boat To China/A Bushel And A Peck/Baby, It’s Cold Outsidewith Frank Loesser Introduction Somebody Loves Me Oh, Look At Me Now Unforgettable Lullaby Of Broadway Alone Together When You’re Smiling Try A Little Tenderness All Of Me