The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Photographic Showcase Of Her Guest Appearances
In Albums By Other Artists

by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Nov 21, 2018

Scope and Contents

The chief purpose of this page is to itemize Peggy Lee's appearances in other artists' albums. Most of such appearances have an obvious explanation: at some point during her career, Lee and the album's artist recorded together. In some instances, the artist in question was a musician (e.g., Barney Bigard, Red Norvo), a conductor or a producer (e.g., Milt Gabler, Quincy Jones) who worked with Lee at a given session. In other instances, the album's main artist was a fellow singer with whom Lee duetted (e.g., Dean Martin, Mel Tormé).

It is worth noting that most of the appearances listed below can be found both in Lee's own issues and in the albums by the other artist. There are, however, a few exceptions. The guest spots that Lee did for albums by Benny Carter, Michael Franks, and Gilbert O'Sullivan do not appear in any of Lee's albums. They can be found only in CDs by those gentlemen. In the case of Mel Tormé's album California Suite (section X below), for which Lee sang in multiple tracks, only one track has shown up in her CDs. (Lee's singing in those other California Suite tracks is minimal and sporadic, however.) Finally, one of two instrumentals in which Peggy Lee played drums (see section XVI below) has yet to appear in any Lee issue.

This page is arranged alphabetically by the artist's first name. Do also bear in mind that the page is restricted to studio recordings. Duets taped for radio and television (with the likes of Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, etc.) have not been factored. Neither have been various-artists compilations, nor songwriter anthologies. As for Peggy Lee's studio recordings with Benny Goodman and Bing Crosby, this pictorial discography features such material separately, in pages that bear Goodman's name.


The images shown here feature some of the artists in whose albums Peggy Lee can be heard. Above, Mel Tormé is one of two men with whom Lee is sharing a table. This photo dates from 1974. (The other man is drummer Buddy Rich.) In the second photo above, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee hold a souvenir program. That picture was published in 1950 but is likelier to have been taken in late May of 1947, or thereabouts. (Also present in the photo is a priest and representative of the Catholic Youth Organization.) As for the artists seen in the images below, they should be easily identifiable as a young Johnny Mercer, a lucky Dean Martin holding a house-full of cards, a happy-go-lucky, brightly smiling Margaret Whiting, and the imposingly tall (6'4") redhead whose work with Lee will be further covered in the ensuing entry, Art Lund.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Art Lund With The Benny Goodman Orchestra, 1941-1946 ("The Big Bands' Greatest Vocalists" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Joyce Record Club / Cat. Num.: 6015 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: During a few of the months which Peggy Lee spent as the "girl singer" of The Benny Goodman Orchestra, Art Lund served duty as her counterpart, the "boy singer." The pair is shown in the photo that graces the front cover of this LP (image #1). They can be seen on the left side of the picture, sitting down near the pianist while waiting for their spots. (Dancers are up front, the band on the back.) This Joyce Record Club LP includes two duets that Lund and Lee recorded with Goodman for Columbia: "Winter Weather" (1941) and "If You Build A Better Mousetrap" (1942). Both numbers are also available in various Peggy Lee - Benny Goodman anthologies, including the 1999 2CD set Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman; The Complete Recordings, 1941-1947.

2. Title: Band Singer; The Best Of Art Lund / Format: CD & CS / Label: Collectors' Choice / Cat. Num.: Ccm 153 2 (also A 31705) & unknown / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Though not a reissue nor directly connected in any way to the aforementioned LP, this CD contains the same two duets mentioned in entry #1.

3. Peggy Lee and Art Lund, sitting on the bandstand, probably photographed in November of 1942 at the Terrace room of the New Yorker Hotel.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Chronogical Barney Bigard, 1944 / Format: CD / Label: Classics / Cat. Num.: (France) 896 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Clarinetist Barney Bigard and vocalist Peggy Lee crossed paths at the recording sessions that producer Dave Dexter Jr. set up for his concept album New American Jazz. This CD includes the two numbers sung by Lee during one of those Capitol sessions, "That Old Feeling" and "Ain't Goin' No Place" (1944). Both numbers are also available in numerous Peggy Lee anthologies.

2. This 1944 photo features the artists who participated in the recording of "That Old Feeling" and "Ain't Goin' No Place," Peggy Lee included. Bigard is seen in the back, staring at the camera (third from left).


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Benny Carter Songbook, Volume 1 / Format: CS & CD / Label: MusicMasters / Cat. Num.: 01612 65134 4/2 (also 01612 65172) / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: After a long career as a recording artist, Peggy Lee's swan song turned out to be "I See You," the guest vocal that she did in 1995 for this all-vocals digital tribute to Benny Carter. Notice that this CD is the only issue in which Lee's appearance can be found; It is not in any of her CDs. MusicMasters actually released two volumes of The Benny Carter Songbook; Lee is featured only in the first. For extensive detail about this project, consult notes under session dated August 26, 1995, near the end of this page.

2. Photo of Benny and Peggy, taken during the recording session.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Thanks For The Memories / Format: CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: 10611 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Contains the number "Merry-Go-Runaround," a trio that Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Peggy Lee waxed for Decca in 1952. The number was actually from the motion picture Road To Bali, in which leading lady Dorothy Lamour (not Peggy Lee) sang with Hope and Crosby.

2. Publicity photo promoting Bob Hope's I Never Left Home, which was Capitol first release in the category of comedy albums (1946). The album contains routines that Hope had performed at the Armed Forces Radio network, for the entertainment of American troops. In this tongue-in-cheek shot, Hope is being released from the box in which he was delivered to Capitol, as part of a c.o.d. transaction that the company is bound to honor -- or so Hope hopes. Those unpacking the delivered good(s) are Capitol president Glenn Wallichs, Capitol A&R vice-president Jim Conkling and, perhaps in the role of Secretary of Affairs, Peggy Lee. As for the chartered DC-4, it was an integral part of Capitol's substantial promotion for this album: an airliner was sent out to fly to major American cities, where it would "drop" -- in reality, just advertise and deliver -- it load of Hope-full albums.

3. Title: Bob Hope In Hollywood / Format: CS & LP / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: 906 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Note: Contains the same number mentioned in item #1.

General Note

Merry-Go-Runaround" actually appears in a large number of Bob Hope compilations. Most of them are from Public Domain releases, and quite a few are named after the standard "Thanks For The Memory," which he co-introduced. Herein I have listed, as a sample, only two official compilations from the Decca-MCA-Universal family. Of course, "Merry-Go-Runaround" can also be found in Peggy Lee's own anthologies.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Capitol Years / Format: CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 98409 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1996) / Note: This 2CD retrospective includes the 1948 ditty "You Was," sung by Peggy Lee and Dean Martin.

2. Title: The Capitol Years / Format: CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 98409 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: This Dino anthology includes the aforementioned 1948 duet, too.

3. Title: Hey, Brother, Pour The Wine / Format: CD / Label: Collectors' Choice / Cat. Num.: 609 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Also contains the aforementioned duet.

4. Title: Nat, Dean And Friends / Format: LP / Label: Music For Pleasure / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mfp 1432 & (Netherlands) Mfp 5198 / Rel. Year: 1968 (UK) / Note: This Alan Dell-prepared EMI compilation offers duets that either Dean Martin or Nat King Cole recorded with their Capitol labelmates. Hence "You Was," sung by martin with Lee, is included. (Lee also duetted with Cole, but only on radio, not for Capitol.) Notice this front cover features shots of not only Martin and Cole but also Jerry Lewis, Woody Herman, and Peggy Lee.

General Note

Originally released on a 45-rpm Capitol single, "You Was" can also be found in various official Peggy Lee issues, not to say anything of the many Public Domain compilations by both Martin and Lee that contain the track as well. My sample is restricted to just four of the official issues.


Artwork Shown:

1 & 2. Title: Songs And Story Of George Shearing, Volume 6 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 134 Evc 85 232-233 / Rel. Year: 1980 / Volumes or Discs: 2 / Note: Contains two tracks from the 1959 Peggy Lee - George Shearing album Beauty And The Beat. The tracks are "If Dreams Come True" and "Always True To You In My Fashion."

3. Title: George Shearing & Friends / Format: CD / Label: Pair / Cat. Num.: Pdcd 2 1347 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: This licensed compilation includes five more tracks from the Lee - Shearing album Beauty And The Beat. The tracks are "Do I Love You?," "Get Out Of Town," "All Too Soon," "There'll Be Another Spring," and "Blue Prelude."

4. Title: The Definitive George Shearing / Format: CD / Label: Blue Note & Verve / Cat. Num.: 589857 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Contains "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis," another track from the album Beauty And The Beat.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Can't Think Straight / Format: CD Single / Label: Park / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Parkcd 15 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: This 3-song CD single describes itself as an advance sample from the album Sounds Of The Loop (item #2). Although the front cover gives equal billing to both singers, Peggy Lee participates in only one of the three songs, "Can't Think Straight." O'Sullivan sings solo in the other two numbers.

2. A separate, larger view of the photo found in the front cover of Park's CD single Can't Think Straight.

3. Scene from the "Can't Think Straight" video that Gilbert O'Sullivan and company taped in 1992, when Peggy Lee came to New York to record her lines for the song. More recently (since 2009 or thereabouts), O'Sullivan has been playing the video in his concerts, prefacing it with comments about how he invited Lee to record with him, and she accepted. Fans have naturally taped O'Sullivan's concerts, and parts of such concerts have wounded up on video websites such as YouTube. At the time of this writing (April 2011), there are at least two YouTube clips in which the "Can't Think Straight" video is shown. One, viewable here, is worth watching mainly because it includes O'Sullivan's introductory commentary. However, its picture is blurry. Even more regrettably, the person who taped the concert concentrated on O'Sullivan at the expense of Lee. As a result, her appearance (already a brief one, since her lines are relatively few) gets further shortened. The other YouTube clip, viewable here, lacks the introductory commentary but has better quality and, best of all, shows Lee's taped appearance in full.

Artwork Shown:

3. Title: Sounds Of The Loop / Format: CS & CD / Label: Park / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Parkmc 19 & Parkcd 19 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: The original edition of Sounds Of The Loop was released in Japan by Toshiba Emi (CD Tocp 6897). In that 1991 release for the Asian market, O'Sullivan sings "Can't Think Straight" in the company of pianist and vocalist Takao Tisugi. Two years later, the above-shown edition of Sounds Of The Loop was produced and released in the United Kingdom. It adds the O'Sullivan - Lee duet version of "Can't Think Straight" to the numbers from the Japanese original, including O'Sullivan's duet with Takao Tisugi. Additional differences between the Toshiba EMI and Park editions are discussed here, under the session dated August 2, 1992.

4. Title: Caricature; The Box / Format: CD / Label: Rhino Handmade / Cat. Num.: Rhm 2 7849 / Volumes: 3 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: This O'Sullivan career retrospective includes his 1992 "Can't Think Straight" duet with Peggy Lee.

5. Title: Sounds Of The Loop / Format: CD / Label: Union Square Music's Salvo / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Salvoxcd 009 / Rel. Year: 2013 / Note: This licensed reissue includes three of O'Sullivan's four duet versions of "Can't Think Straight." The left-out version is the one featuring Kirsten Siggaard.

Artwork Shown:

6. Title: Gilbert O'Sullivan / Format: CD / Label: Bmg / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Pub 063 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Promotional O'Sullivan songwriting compilation from BMG music publishing. Not retailed. Includes the O-Sullivan-Lee duet "Can't Think Straight."

7. Title: The Berry Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan / Format: CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 5986722 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: This is one of various commercial compilations that contain the duet "Can't Think Straight." Please notice that this duet can only be found in O'Sullivan's albums; it is not in any of Peggy Lee's issues.

General Note

Above, I have offered just a sampling of the various anthologies that include "Can't Think Straight." Most of the excluded compilations fall under the bootleg and Public Domain categories. There is, however, at least one additional anthology which is actually from a legitimate, licensing label. Entitled The Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan and released by Rhino, that compilation has the peculiarity of having been re-pressed, reportedly at O'Sullivan's request, due to an error. The original pressing (1994) contained a version of "Can't Think Straight" in which O'Sullivan's duet partner was listed in the track listing as Peggy Lee, yet the singer actually heard in the CD was not her, but Kirsten Siggaard. After O'Sullivan voiced his displeasure with the mistake, the CD was re-pressed, that time using the duet version that features Peggy Lee.

Artwork Shown:

8 - 10. In the year 2015, Gilbert O'Sullivan released the CD Latin Ala G, a collection of self-penned songs with a latin lilt. According to promotional blurbs and press reports, Peggy Lee's latinized work (particularly the albums Latin Ala Lee and Olé Ala Lee!) was O'Sullivan's inspiration for the album's concept, title, and artwork. n an interview published by Ireland's Own on its June 12, 2015 issue, O'Sullivan explained: "It was an honor to duet with Peggy in the early 1990s, and my new album is a homage to her. The cover of the album is a reproduction of one of her albums in the 1960s, Latin Ala Lee. On it she is pictured linking arms with two male matadors. I'm doing the opposite on the new album cover, linking arms with two female matadors."


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Johnny Mercer ("Mosaic Select" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Mosaic / Cat. Num.: Ms 028 (also 946 3 90562 2 4) / Volumes: 3 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: In this anthology of mostly jazzy sides from Johnny Mercer's years as a Capitol vocalist, there are two tracks that bear a direct connection to Peggy Lee. One of them is a 1947 pop-oriented recording of Irving Berlin's "The Freedom Train" in which Mercer and Lee are but two members of the Capitol roster who sings the number. "The Freedom Train" can also be found in Peggy Lee anthologies and, as shown elsewhere through this page, in compilations by some of the other artists who were part of the session's personnel. The other track connected to Lee in this Mercer collection i "It's A Good Day," a song whose lyrics were written by Peggy Lee, and which Mercer (Lee's songwriting mentor) recorded in 1945.

2. Taken shortly after Downbeat magazine declared Peggy Lee the winner on its Best Female Singer poll for the year 1946, this photo shows the vocalist in the company of her two main bosses at Capitol Records, Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: My Ideal; The Definitive Collection / Format: CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 174 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Volumes: 3 / Note: Includes a 1947 recording of Irving Berlin's anthem "The Freedom Train," for which various Capitol artists took turns in singing the song's lyrics. Peggy Lee and Margaret Whiting were the two female leads in the varied group. "The Freedom Train" can also be found in Peggy Lee anthologies and, as shown elsewhere through this page, in compilations by some of the other participating artists.

2. Photo of Peggy Lee and Margaret Whiting together, taken around 1947.

3. Peggy Lee and Margaret Whiting at a March of Dimes event, probably in January of 1948. Coats, an outdoor stove, a flying pan, one hot dog and a hot cup of coffee are also part of the equation.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Mel Tormé Sings His Own California Suite / Format: 78-rpm Album & EP & LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Edd 200 [8 28004-28007] & Kcf 200 (6F 28004-28007) & P 200 / Rel. Year: 1950 / Note: Peggy Lee appears under the pseudonym Susan Melton and plays the antagonist "The Easterner" in this paean to the West Coast. Her singing is heard (sometimes very briefly, sometimes at greater length) in the following segments of the suite: "We Think The West Coast Is The Best Coast," "Coney Island," "The Miami Waltz," "Got The Gate On The Golden Gate," and the reprise of "We Think The West Coast Is The Best Coast."

2. Title: Mel Tormé Sings His California Suite / Format: LP / Label: Discovery - Trend / Cat. Num.: Ds 910 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Note: Reissue of item #1.

3. Title: Mel Tormé Sings His Own California Suite, Complete Edition / Format: CD / Label: Fresh Sound / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Fsrcd 496 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: In addition to the original version released by Capitol in 1950, Mel Tormé did a second version of his California Suite for Bethlehem in 1957. That second version does not feature Peggy Lee. Fresh Sound's compact disc includes both the Lee and the non-Lee versions of the suite.

Artwork Shown:

4. Title: California Suite & The Velvet Fog / Format: CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Jascd 365 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Features Tormé's entire 1950 California Suite, originally released on Capitol Records. Also includes "The Old Master Painter," a hit duet that Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé recorded while both were under Capitol contract.

5. Title: Mel Tormé ("The Best Of The Capitol Years" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 0777 7 9 9426 2 6 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes "The Old Master Painter" (1949) and "Don't Fan The Flame" (1951), two of the four duets that Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé recorded while they were under contract with Capitol. Not included were "Bless You (For The Good That Is In You)" (1949) and "Telling Me Yes, Telling Me No" (1951). As of 2011, both excluded duets can be found only in Peggy Lee anthologies -- not in Mel Tormé issues.

6. Title: The Mel Tormé Collection, 1944-1985 / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R2 71589 & R4 71589 / Volumes: 4 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Commendably encompassing, this career retrospective of Mel Tormé includes one number from his California Suite for Capitol Records. The number is "Got The Gate On The Golden Gate," and Peggy Lee is among those who sing in it.

General Note

Some of the duets that Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé recorded for Capitol Records can also be found in other Tormé CD compilations, most of them in the Public Domain. Above, I have circumscribed my choices to official compilations and to releases from collector-oriented labels.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Dragonfly Summer / Format: CS & CD / Label: Reprise / Cat. Num.: 9 45227 4 & 9 45227 2 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: This original Michael Franks album includes his duet "You Were Meant For Me" with Peggy Lee, which they recorded in 1992. The duet can not be found anywhere else -- neither in Lee's CDs nor in compilations of Franks' work.

2. Publicity photo, taken during the recording session. Under the picture, a caption (not included above) reads: "Legendary musician Peggy Lee confers with singer-songwriter Michael Franks during New York recording session. Miss Lee makes a relatively rare recorded appearance on the duet, You Were Meant For Me, featured in Franks' latest release, Dragonfly Summer.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Straight Ahead! / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Jazzbox 31 / Rel. Year: 2014 / Note: This compilation features the 1954 duets "It Must Be So" and "Straight Ahead," which Peggy Lee and The Mills Brothers recorded for the Decca label on November 9, 1954.

2. Photo of The Mills Brothers and Peggy Lee. Date and occasion unknown. Lee's looks suggest that the shot was taken around 1952. Both acts were Decca recordings artists (from 1952 to 1956, in Lee's case).


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Billy Crystal Presents The Milt Gabler Story / Format: CD & DVD / Label: Verve / Cat. Num.: B 0003911 00 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: This tribute to celebrated producer Milt Gabler includes Peggy Lee's hit recording of "Lover," which she and Gabler did while both were working for Decca Records (1952). Disappointingly, the liner notes of this issue have nothing to say about the collaboration.

2. The Decca 78-rpm single on which "Lover" was originally released.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: 1. Title: Paul Weston; A Life In Music; Songwriter, Composer, Arranger, Conductor / Format: CD / Label: JSP / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 957 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Volumes: 3 / Note: Includes a 1947 recording of the Paul Weston-conducted number "The Freedom Train," in which Peggy Lee is among the Capitol vocalists who take turns in singing the vocal. This number can also be found in Peggy Lee anthologies and, as shown elsewhere through this page, in compilations by some of the other artists who were part of the session's personnel.

2. Peggy Lee with Paul Weston, in a photo taken in 1951 or 1952.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Pied Pipers ("Capitol Collectors" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: C4 95289 & C2 95289 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes a 1947 recording of Irving Berlin's "The Freedom Train," in which The Pied Pipers and Peggy Lee are among the Capitol vocalists who take turns in singing the vocal. This number can also be found in Peggy Lee anthologies and, as shown elsewhere through this page, in compilations by some of the other artists who were part of the session's personnel.

2. Title: Dreams From The Sunny Side Of The Street / Format: CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 412 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Volumes: 2 / Note: Includes the same performance mentioned in entry #1.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Q; The Musical Biography Of Quincy Jones / Format: CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: 74363 / Volumes: 4 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: This Quincy Jones retrospective includes one track sung by Peggy Lee, "As Time Goes By." That track is from If You Go, one of the two albums that Jones arranged and/or conducted for Lee in 1961.

2. Photo of Peggy Lee and Quincy Jones at a recording session.


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Chronological Red Norvo And His Orchestra, 1945-1947 / Format: CD / Label: Classics / Cat. Num.: (France) 1386 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: An all-star roster got together for a 1947 Capitol date that resulted in "Ja-Da" and "Three-Thirty Jump," both instrumentals that are included in this Red Norvo CD. Each of the 11 participating musicians played an instrument different from the one for which they were best known. Peggy Lee was the drummer, Red Norvo the pianist, and the ensemble was baptized as Ten Cats And A Mouse. Although Capitol conceived the record as nothing more than a fun novelty, the ensemble's playing proved good enough to be taken seriously by both the press and the radio stations. Of the two instrumentals, only "Three-Thirty Jump" has appeared in a Peggy Lee compilation (Capitol's so-called pink box, Miss Peggy Lee). As for "Ja-Da," it can be found in the original 78-rpm single, in this Norvo CD, and in a couple of various-artists compilations.

2. Photo. Front covers of two February 1947 issues of Downbeat magazine, one featuring Peggy Lee, the other Red Norvo.

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