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Jazz 04/04/2020

Peggy Lee's Centennial Year Commemorated With New Music Releases, Tributes, Concerts And Exhibits Throughout 2020

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Peggy Lee's Centennial Year Commemorated With New Music Releases, Tributes, Concerts And Exhibits Throughout 2020
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) The Peggy Lee Estate today announced Peggy Lee 100, a centennial celebration honouring one of the 20th century's most important musical influences in the world of jazz and popular music.

Throughout 2020, the 100th anniversary of Peggy Lee's birth - May 26, 1920 - will be commemorated around the globe with music releases, notable exhibitions, special events, programming and a host of tributes and concerts, including a just-announced Hollywood Bowl tribute concert in August, "Miss Peggy Lee at 100 with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra."

Kicking off The Peggy Lee 100 celebration is todays release of Decca Rarities album out today on all digital streaming platforms via Universal Music Enterprises (Ume/Universal Music). It features 31 Decca masters that are making their digital debut. Eleven of the songs were co-composed by Peggy Lee, including seven songs written for Lady and the Tramp (several of which weren't included in the final cut of the film).

Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, she was christened Peggy Lee in 1937 by a local North Dakota deejay. A 13-time GRAMMY Award-nominee, Peggy Lee helped redefine the female singer with her captivating voice, which continues to resonate with audiences of all ages. Her compositions and recordings, including "It's A Good Day," "I Don't Know Enough About You" and "Love Being Here With You," can be heard today in countless television shows and feature films.

Best known for such songs as "Is That All There Is?," "Fever," "Why Don't You Do Right," and "I'm A Woman," which made her a jazz and pop legend, she recorded over 50 albums and amassed over 100 chart entries. She won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995, she received the GRAMMY's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Coined "the female Frank Sinatra" by Tony Bennett, Lee did something few of her male counterparts ever attempted: she wrote songs. As one of the foremothers of the singer-songwriter school, Lee ranks among the most successful female singer-songwriters in the annals of American popular music. Over her remarkable seven-decade career, singer, songwriter and composer Peggy Lee wrote over 200 songs and recorded over 1,100 masters.
Her vast and varied catalog of songs have been covered by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Nina Simone, Regina Spektor and Sarah Vaughn.

Decca Rarities Tracklist
Straight Ahead
You Let My Love Get Cold
I Still Get A Thrill (Thinking of You)
Ooh, That Kiss
It Must Be So
Baubles, Bangles and Beads
Where Can I Go Without You
Summer Vacation
That's What A Woman Is For
Never Mind
How Strange
Apples, Peaches, And Cherries
The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night
How Bitter, My Sweet
It's Because We're In Love
Watermelon Weather
Moon Flowers
Pablo Pasablo
The Possibility's There
Guess I'll Go Back Home (This Summer)
Bouquet Of Blues
That's Him Over There
Singing ('Cause He Wants To Sing)
That Fellow's A Friend Of Mine
Jim Dear
Old Trusty
What Is A Baby?
La La Lu
Bella Notte

One of the most important musical influences of the 20th century, Peggy Lee wrote over 200 songs, recorded over 1,100 masters, and had over 100 chart hits throughout her seven-decade career. As one of the world's first female contemporary singer-songwriters, she co-wrote and sang many of her own hits, most notably "He's A Tramp" for Disney's Lady and the Tramp as well as "It's A Good Day" and "Mañana." She's best known for hits "Why Don't You Do Right?" "Fever," "I'm A Woman," and "Is That All There Is?," for which she won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance. A 13-time Grammy nominee, she received Lifetime Achievement awards from NARAS, ASCAP and The Society of Singers, was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Pete Kelly's Blues. For more information about Peggy Lee, visit

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