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The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
The Polydor Contract (1977)

by Iván Santiago

Page generated on Jul 8, 2021


PRELIMINARY NOTES




The Peggy Lee Look

The photography on this page's opening section showcases the way that Peggy Lee looked in 1976 and 1977, the latter being the year of her fourth and most productive trip to the United Kingdom. Indeed, the third of these images was probably taken at the Teddington Studios in London, during an interview for Thames Television, conducted in March 1977. Also a screenshot from a televised interview/performance, the first image takes us back to the United States one year earlier, when the show Good Morning America caught Lee during rehearsals at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (October 15, 1976). As for the central image above, specifics are not available to me. But there is a fair chance that the plane inside which Lee is seen was taking to or back from London, in 1977.

Below we can see two album session pictures, each from one of the albums that Peggy Lee recorded in 1977. The first is an alternate picture from the Polydor Live In London photo shot, the second from the Polydor album Peggy photo shot. Unlike the albums, however, none of these shots truly date from 1977 -- nor did they happen in London. The exact year is probably 1975, with 1974 as a secondary possibility for the Peggy shots, and 1976 a secondary possibility for the Live In London shots. The dog in sight is one of Lee's beloved pets, Sungi La.


Peggy Lee's Recording Career, 1977

Joining forces with Ken Barnes, Peggy Lee recorded on the Polydor label while visiting the British producer's native land in 1977. This "British-Polydorian" sojourn became the third of Lee's post-Capitol contracts. It generated two albums, one done in the studio and the other recorded in concert. Additional material from this Lee-Barnes partnership included professionally recorded rehearsals and one more concert, which is listed below. (Such material -- i.e., rehearsals + concert -- does not belong to Polydor. Instead, it is co-owned by Ken Barnes Productions and Peggy Lee's estate. For further details, see the notes under each of the sessions below.) A total of 46 masters are listed herein, plus 6 entries classified as either alternate takes or professionally recorded rehearsal performances. The bulk of the material (34 entries) is comprised of the aforementioned concert performances, including one which is a medley of several songs. Finally, here is a note for viewers in search of recommended issues: your best option is the 2015 Polydor set Peggy Lee Live In London, which includes most of this material, including even some of the rehearsal numbers.





Date: From March 7 To March 9, 1977 (10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Location: CBS Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London
Label: POLYDOR

Peggy Lee (ldr), Ken Barnes (pdr), Steve Taylor (eng), The Pete Moore Orchestra (acc), Ray Swinfield (f), Richard Edwards (tb), Peter Moore (snt), Peggy Lee (v, spk, bkv), Joan Baxter, Maggie Stredder, Clare Torrey (bkv), Other Individuals Unknown (unk)

a. Master Take (Polydor) The Hungry Years - 3:25(Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka) / arr: Peter Moore
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
b. Master Take (Polydor) Here, Now - 3:16(Dan Kimpel, Marc Allen Trujillo) / arr: Peter Moore
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
c. Master Take (Polydor) I Go To Rio - 2:42(Peter Allen) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
d. Master Take (Polydor) I'm Not In Love - 4:47(Graham Keith Gouldman, Eric Michael Stewart) / arr: Peter Moore
POLYDOR 45(United Kingdom) 2058 865 — {Lover / I'm Not In Love}   (1977)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
e. Master Take (Polydor) Star Sounds - 3:31(Johnny Mercer) / arr: Peter Moore
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(United Kingdom) 30360 01222 THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)
f. Master Take (Polydor) What I Did For Love - 3:39(Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban) / arr: Peter Moore
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
g. Master Take (Polydor) Misty - 3:19(Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) / arr: Peter Moore
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
h. Master Take (Polydor) Every Little Movement - 3:10(Otto Harbach, Karl Hoschna) / arr: Peter Moore
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
i. Master Take (Polydor) Courage, Madam - 4:15(Peggy Lee, Pete Moore) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
j. Master Take (Polydor) Switchin' Channels - 3:15(Pete Moore, Ken Barnes) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
k. Master Take (Polydor) Just For Tonight - 3:20(Jen Jessel, Raymond Jessel) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
l. Master Take (Polydor) Lover - 4:06(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Peter Moore
POLYDOR 45(United Kingdom) 2058 865 — {Lover / I'm Not In Love}   (1977)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
All titles on:
POLYDOR CS/LP(United Kingdom) 3170 458 / Super 2383 458 — Peggy   (1977)







Songs

1. "Lover"
This version of "Lover" contains lyrics that are largely different from those heard in the hit version that Peggy Lee recorded for Decca Records in 1952. Both sets of lyrics are legitimate, however: Lorenz Hart did write the words used in each set.

Paradoxically, the lyrics with which the song made its debut in 1932 are the ones heard in this 1977 master, not the ones recorded at the 1952 date. These original lyrics are from the soundtrack of the movie Love Me Tonight, starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeannette MacDonald. The suggestion to use the film's lyrics for the Polydor date came from Dick Vosburgh, an American-born, London-based broadcaster and writer of special material.

2. "Here, Now"
In the Polydor LP Peggy, this song by Dan Kimpel and Marc Allen Trujillo is listed as "Here And Now." However, Lee's singing of the lyrics does not support the inclusion of the conjunction and.

The song is also extant in a rehearsal version that was issued in the compact disc At Her Best. That disc's track listing gives the title of the song as "Here, Now."

"Here Now" (no comma included) is the spelling used by EMI Music Publishing, which holds copyright control of the number. This spelling has been commercially used at least once, for a 1996 CD release by a r&b singer.

I have ended up settling for the spelling that makes the most sense to my way of thinking.


Arrangements

1. "Lover"
Over the years, Peggy Lee tried different arrangements on "Lover," a song that had been originally written as a waltz but which she inspiredly treated as anything but. Each of such arrangements updated the song, presenting it in more contemporaneous musical styles. For commentary about the earliest of her approaches (the hit approach), see sessions dated April 28 and May 1, 1952. For ensuing treatments, see Capitol session dated February 8, 1961 (Early, "Dinner" Show) and, in this discography's page for Peggy Lee's Television Specials, see under date January 3, 1967.

Thus the version of "Lover" from the present session constitutes Lee's fourth musical reconfiguration of the number. With the help of conductor-arranger Pete Moore, "Lover" was herein re-shaped into a disco-oriented anthem.

2. "Here, Now"
In addition to Peter Moore's arrangement, Peggy Lee kept two more arrangements of this song in her music sheet library, one by Don Savage and the other by Yutaka Yokokura.

3. "I Go To Rio"
4. "I'm Not In Love"
Peggy Lee's sheet music library contains two arrangements of the song "I Go To Rio." The one used in these sessions is credited to Pete Moore. The other arrangement is by Byron Olson. The exact same distribution of credits applies to the library's two arrangements of "I'm Not In Love."


Personnel

1. Recitative
Peggy Lee's speaking voice is heard in portions of "Courage Madame."

2. Background vocals
"Here Now" and "Switchin' Channels" are the only songs from these studio sessions on which background vocals are heard.

3. Musicians
The names of most of the instrumentalists who participated in these dates are not known to me. At least a few of them are likely to have been the same instrumentalists who played in the March 13 and March 20, 1977 concerts detailed below.





Photos

Right above: naturally, the album Peggy was released in several countries. Seen first here is the Japanese LP edition of the album. (On a different note, it is also worth pointing out that the Unites States was not among the several countries on which Peggy was issued.) Next in view is the Polydor Spectrum CD anthology You Give Me Fever, whose 14 tracks consist of seven numbers from Peggy and seven numbers from Live In London. Following You Give Me Fever is just Fever, a straight reissue of the former -- same tracks and catalogue number, different front cover and slightly altered title.

Further up above: the front and back cover of the LP Peggy in the original, British edition (second and third images). Also, an alternate shot from the photo session (first image) and the front cover of the LP's Australian and another from England edition. (The Australian front cover is actually the back cover of the British edition.)


Issues, Masters & Collectors' Corner

1. Peggy [LP, CS]
The catalogue number of the Polydor LP Peggy begins with the word "super," which I do not know to be part of the cassette version. (The number of the cassette is 3170 458. The number of the LP is Super 2383 458.)

2. [You Give Me] Fever [CD]
The Spectrum label has issued the CD You Give Me Fever (1993) twice. The reissue (1998) bears a shortened or simpler title, Fever. The track sequencing is the same in both issues, but the artwork differs. For its front cover, the original issue features a black & white publicity photo of Peggy Lee, taken around 1955. The reissue's front cover uses an iconic black & white publicity photo of Lee, dating from around 1960. Both covers (as well as the front cover of the original Polydor album Peggy) can be seen in section III of this discography's Post-Capitol pictorial page. Fans and collectors should take note that the 1998 reissue is the only instance of a commercial issue in which the original backdrop of the iconic photo is reproduced intact, in its original form.

3. Live In London [CD/DVD]
4. "I'm Not In Love"
5. "Star Sounds"
The 2015 CD&DVD set substitutes two of the LP's original 12 tracks for re-recordings. The re-recordings come from the original 1977 Polydor sessions as well, and can be found below, under a session dated March 18, 1977. They were made at the singer's behest, after she re-assessed a previous request of hers. Initially, she had asked to feature synthesizer on that couple of tracks ("Star Sounds", "I'm Not In Love"), and her request was granted at the original sessions. A few days after the sessions were finished, and once she had intently listened to tape copies of the entire proceedings, Lee changed her mind. The synthesizers did not strike her as suitable for the album's overall listening experience. In full agreement that the two tracks would sound better without the instrument, the three main parties at the dates (i.e., the producer, the conductor, and the singer) remade them with the intention of having them replace the earlier versions in the prospective LP. Their plans were thwarted, however, by Polydor's rush to release the album. Polydor informed the producer and company that they had already moved the pressing and releasing process along, using the master tapes that the label had promptly collected. The two master tracks with synthesizer are thus the ones heard on the Polydor LP, and also on any compilations containing such titles (e.g., the above-discussed Spectrum Karussell CD You Give Me Fever). On the other hand, the 2015 CD&DVD set offers the 'non-synthesized' takes, and is thus the only release that presents the album Peggy just as the sessions' main collaborators ultimately envisioned it.


Cross-references

1. Foreign [Non-British] Issues
For details about releases of Peggy Lee's original Polydor album Peggy outside of Great Britain, consult this discography's foreign issues page.


Date: Possibly March 7 to 9, 1977
Location: possibly CBS Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London
Label: POLYDOR

Peggy Lee (ldr), Ken Barnes (pdr), Steve Taylor (eng), Peter Moore (con, p, snt), The Pete Moore Orchestra (acc), Ray Swinfield (f), Richard Edwards (tb), Judd Proctor (g), Peggy Lee (v, spk, bkv), Joan Baxter, Maggie Stredder, Clare Torrey (bkv), Other Individuals Unknown (unk)

a. Alternate, Lee-Barnes The Hungry Years - 3:57(Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka) / arr: Peter Moore
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
b. Alternate, Lee-Barnes I Go To Rio - 3:02(Peter Allen) / arr: Peter Moore
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
c. Alternate, Lee-Barnes What I Did For Love - 3:49(Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
d. Alternate, Lee-Barnes Switchin' Channels - 3:13(Pete Moore, Ken Barnes)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
e. Alternate, Lee-Barnes Just For Tonight - 3:24(Jen Jessel, Raymond Jessel)
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(United Kingdom) 30360 01222 THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)
f. Alternate, Lee-Barnes Lover - 4:11(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Peter Moore
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(United Kingdom) 30360 01222 THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)






Photos

As already mentioned in the introductory section, the photos used for the front covers of Lee's London albums dated from two or three years earlier. The photography in this picture row is more representative of her look at this point in time (1976-1977), when she was apparently regaining the weight that she had lost in 1974. The third image finds her happily in the company of Tom Culver, a longtime singer of standards and erstwhile wardrobe dresser to the stars. Date given as 1977. Dated ca. 1977, the other two images show Lee with her date, Michael Russo, possibly at a New York venue, when she was either performing or scheduled to perform soon -- the evidence being the advertisement poster of Lee, to her right. (Best bet: Waldorf-Astoria, October 1976 instead of 1977).


Alternates Versus Masters

1. "The Hungry Years"
Vocally, this alleged take actually sounds identical to its master, except for one additional passage, which accounts for an extra 30 seconds of playing time. To wit: around 2:34, this date's version inserts (repeats) a previously heard chorus ("I miss the hungry years ... We lost along the way").

2. "I Go To Rio"
The vocal difference between this take and the album master seems to be circumscribed to the way that Lee sings the interjection "whoa," around 1:38 and 2:19. The final vocal lines are also different ones. It is likely that the two performances are identical, with one of them counting with inserts.

3. "What I Did For Love"
Vocally, the differences between this alternate performance and the equivalent master occur toward the end of the track. Around 3:09, we hear Lee sing "won't regret, can't forget" here. In the master, she sings instead "won't forget, can't regret." In addition to that transposition of words, the vocal endings noticeably differ from one another.

4. "Just For Tonight"
5. "Switching' Channels"
For these songs, I have not been able to discern any differences between this date's so-called rehearsal versions and the equivalent studio masters. Hence I hold my doubts as to whether the uniqueness of the former batch. However, in deference to producer Ken Barnes, who identified these performances from the CD The New Collection and At Her Best as rehearsals, I have given them their own separate entries in this discography.

6. "Lover"
Several details differentiate this alternate from the master released on the 1977 Polydor LP. Among the most obvious is Peggy's singing of the words "I surrender" around 2:19, compared to "please surrender" in the master. More generally, the main four of attention shifts from one version to the other: the singer herself is the primary subject in the master, while her "lover" takes over that role on the alternate (e.g., "when I'm never you" versus "when you are near me").


Alternate Takes, Rehearsal Takes

The entries which I have placed under this session are not listen in any of the discographical sources that I consulted. When asked, producer Ken Barnes once identified most of them as rehearsal performances. However, his commentary was given as a generalization, with no singling out of any titles. Hence there is reason to question to which degree is his claim accurate.

Close listening suggests that these are either alternate takes -- or, otherwise, the exact same album masters listed in the preceding session, with a few inserts. Some of them do feature different singing or instrumental parts in spots, but not throughout. Hence the degree to which these numbers qualify even as alternate takes is also open to debate. From my standpoint, the most relevant aspects of such a debate would be that these entries were professionally recorded by Barnes, and they counted with the approval of Peggy Lee.


Personnel

1. Tentative Instrumentalists
Relying on my belief that there are alternate takes from the preceding date, I have given the same personnel to the present entry -- including the few instrumentalists specifically mentioned. See also this page, under March 20, 1977, for one or two additional, likely participants.


Issues

1. The New Collection (CD)
The booklet of Carlton CD 3060 01222 contains a photo whose caption reads: "Musical director Pete Moore ... with Peggy Lee and producer Ken Barnes, during the 1982 studio sessions for The New Collection." Mr. Barnes explained to me that the dating in that caption is erroneous, as are other details and features on this CD. (Such inaccuracies were among the reasons why Barnes was highly displeased with the work done on this disc, which was quickly withdrawn from the market.)


Date: March 13, 1977 (6:00 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.)
Location: London Palladium, London [First & Second Shows At The Palladium]
Label: POLYDOR

Peggy Lee (ldr), Ken Barnes (pdr), Steve Taylor (eng), Peter Moore, Jack Parnell (con), The Jack Parnell Orchestra (acc), Bob Burns (as), Duncan Lamont, Tommy Whittle (ts), Kenny Baker (t), Richard Edwards, Don Lusher (tb), Tony Fisher (fh), Judd Proctor (g), Unknown (str), Ronnie Price (key), Ronnie Verrell (d), Peggy Lee (v)

a. 2-53691Mastered For Polydor Love For Sale - 2:45(Cole Porter) / arr: Richard "Dick" Hazard
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; also songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   (1977)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
b. 2-53692Mastered For Polydor Everything Must Change - 4:00(Benard Ighner) / arr: Byron Olson
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
c. 2-53693Mastered For Polydor You Gotta Know How - 2:55(Beulah "Sippie" Wallace) / arr: Mickey Ingalls
d. 2-53694Mastered For Polydor The Folks Who Live On The Hill - 3:40(Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Nelson Riddle
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; also songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   (1977)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
e. 2-53695Mastered For Polydor I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard - 1:23(Henry W. Petrie, Henry Sawyer, Philip Wingate)
f. 2-53696Mastered For Polydor Have A Good Time - 2:15(Paul Simon) / arr: Byron Olson
g. 2-53697Mastered For Polydor Touch Me In The Morning - 3:55(Michael Masser, Ronald Norman Miller) / arr: Richard "Dick" Hazard
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(United Kingdom) 30360 01222 THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)
h. 2-53698Mastered For Polydor Make Believe - 3:10(Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; also songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   (1977)
i. 2-53699Mastered For Polydor Fever - 2:25(Otis Blackwell aka John Davenport, Eddie Cooley, uncredited Sid Kuller & Peggy Lee)
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; also songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   (1977)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
j. 2-53700Mastered For Polydor Why Don't You Do Right? - 1:15(Joe McCoy)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; also songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   (1977)
k. 2-53701Mastered For Polydor Is That All There Is? - 3:52(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller)
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" Transcription DiscP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; also songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   (1977)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
l. 2-53702Mastered For Polydor Sing A Rainbow - 1:43(Arthur Hamilton)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
m. 2-53703Mastered For Polydor Mr. Wonderful - 3:39(Lawrence Holofcener, Jerry Bock, George David Weiss) / arr: Peter Moore
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
n. 2-53704Mastered For Polydor Mack The Knife (Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer) - 3:05(Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill)
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever [aka Fever]   (1993)
o. 2-53705Mastered For Polydor Dreams Of Summer - 3:35(Yutaka Yokokura, Peggy Lee) / arr: Yutaka Yokokura
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
p. 2-53706Mastered For Polydor Here's To You - 2:10(Richard Hazard, Peggy Lee)
POLYDOR©Mercury LPMercury Srm 1 1172 — Live In London    (1977)
All titles on:
POLYDOR CS/LP(United Kingdom) 3170 448 / Super 2383 448 — Live In London   (1977)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
Summit Licensed LP(Australia) 9001 — Live In London   
Rainbow Licensed cassette(Australia) Rpgc 7294 — Live In London   





Concert & Repertoire

1. The Concert Dates
On the evening of March 13, 1977, Peggy Lee performed two shows at the London Palladium. She sang a total of 17 songs throughout the first show, 20 songs throughout the later show. Fellow fan Tony Nesbit attended both shows and kept notes. Thanks to his generosity, I can share herein the entire evening's running song order.

First show (6:00 p.m.):
1. Love For Sale / 2. Everything Must Change / 3. You Gotta Know How / 4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill / 5. I Go To Rio / 6. I'm Not In Love / 7. Lover / 8. Have A Good Time / 9. Touch Me In The Morning / 10. Make Believe / 11. Fever / 12. Why Don't You Do Right? / 13. Is That All There Is? / 14. Sing A Rainbow / 15. Mr. Wonderful / 16. Mack The Knife / 17. Here's To You

Second show (8:30 p.m.):
1. Love For Sale / 2. Everything Must Change / 3. You Gotta Know How / 4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill /5. I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard / 6. I Go To Rio / 7. I'm Not In Love / 8. Lover / 9. Have A Good Time / 10. Touch Me In The Morning / 11. Make Believe / 12. Rodgers & Hart Medley / 13. Fever / 14. Why Don't You Do Right? / 15. Is That All There Is? / 16. Sing A Rainbow / 17. Mr. Wonderful / 18. Mack the Knife / 19. Dreams Of Summer / 20. Here's To You

(Lee also did a third show on a different evening; see Marc 20, 1977 session below.) It is assumed that the Polydor album release contains either a combination of tracks from these two March 13 shows or tracks exclusively from the second of these shows. (In support of the second possibility, notice that the numbers "I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard" and "Dreams Of Summer" are listed above as having been sung only at the 8:30 p.m. show.)


2. The Rehearsals
During the week that had preceded the March 13 concerts, three-hour afternoon rehearsals had taken place at the Dorchester Hotel Ballroom (London). On the afternoon of March 13, there was a three-hour orchestral rehearsal, too. Lee attended the rehearsal's last hour and a half, which she spent rehearsing with the orchestra.





3. The Live Album For The Polydor Label
The contract that Ken Barnes and Peggy Lee signed with Polydor Records stipulated that they had to deliver a studio album and a live album, the latter to be culled from the two shows performed on the evening of March 13, 1977. While putting the live album together, Barnes obviously had the option to pick songs from either show. (It is not clear if he did so. As already stated, the general assumption is that he chose to release the first show's performances only.)

Barnes was hoping that Polydor would greenlight a double album, but the company decided that a single LP was preferable. Out of a total of 20 different numbers, 16 were picked. Those included 14 which were sung in both shows and two that were sung only in the second show ("I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard" and "Dreams Of Summer)."

Excluded from the live album were "I Go To Rio", "I'm Not In Love", and "Lover", all three of which Lee had sung in both shows. Space limitations probably accounted for the decision to omit them. Fortunately, studio versions of all three numbers were released in Lee's other album for Polydor. (See session dated March 7, 8, 9, 1977.)

Also excluded from the live album was the "Rodgers & Hart Medley" that Lee sang only during the second show of the evening. Length was probably the reason for its exclusion: the medley is over 10 minutes long. (Lee reprised the medley at her third London Palladium concert. See session dated March 20, 1977, below. Like the two earlier concerts, that third concert was produced by Ken Barnes but, unlike the previous concerts, Polydor Records had no ownership claims to it.)


Cross-references

1. Foreign [Non-British] Issues
For details about any release of Peggy Lee's original Polydor album Live In London outside of the United Kingdom and the United States, consult this discography's foreign issues page.

2. Personnel
See notes under session dated March 20, 1977.


Arrangements

1. Artie Butler
2. Dick Hazard
All arrangements credits are based on the contents of Peggy Lee's library of arrangements and should be deemed tentative. The only exception is "Love For Sale," whose credit to Dick Hazard is based on a statement made by producer Ken Barnes in his notes for the boxed set Live in London. An Artie Butler arrangement of this song can be found in Lee's library.







Photos

Up above: front cover of the Polydor LP Live In London, preceded by an alternate from that cover's photo shoot. Duplicated photo: identified in Universal's 2015 Live In London CD/DVD set as as an alternate shot from Polydor's Live In London photo shoot, this image seems to actually capture Lee live in performance, and might very well be from either the March 13 or the March 20, 1977 concerts. Right above: photography dating from shortly before and shortly after the present concert date. From March 11, the first row capture Peggy Lee in the company of BBC disc jockey Pete Murray, teaching her to dance in a hurry -- and cheek to cheek. From March 14, the second row showcases Lee at London's Dorchester Hotel, in one of whose suite she was staying.

Below: the back cover of the original British LP, followed by a magnified version of that back cover's photo. The front covers of two CDs are also viewable below. The Silver Collection is a Universal budget CD anthology that combines five track from Polydor's Live In London with five tracks from Decca's Black Coffee. The rather odd but very worthwhile amalgam of tracks in The New Collection includes one track from the concert under discussion; see details further below (Issues / Collectors' Corner, point #3). Most of its other tracks are selections taken from three different TV specials, including one taped by Lee in London five years later (1981).


Songs

1. "You Gotta Know How"
When Peggy Lee sang the number "You Gotta Know How", she avoided the titular contraction, uttering the title instead as "You Got To Know How." Accordingly, the track listing of her Polydor LP calls the song "You Got To Know How."

In this discography, I have opted to list the song as "You Gotta Know How", which is the spelling used on songwriter Sippie Wallace's own albums, and the spelling accepted by the Library of Congress.

As for the reasons why Lee avoided the contraction, they are unknown. It could have been a concession to British audiences, who generally do not favor American slang. It could have also been an attempt at heightening the song's inherent humor: she sings the words "got to" in a teasingly comical manner which she might been able to carry as effectively when using the contracted variant.

2. Lyrics Changes
3. "Have A Good Time"
4. "I'm Not In Love"
To Paul Simon's line "God bless the USA," Lee adds the words "and the UK." In an obviously more suitably feminine and dainty reworking of "I'm Not In Love", she also modifies that song's original line "it hides a nasty stain that's lying there" into "it hides a message that's lying there."


Songwriters

1. Walter Donaldson
2. Sippie Wallace
3. "You Gotta Know How"
The Polydor album Live In London wrongly credits the song "You Gotta Know How" to Walter Donaldson. There is indeed a song titled "You Got To Know How" that was co-written by Donaldson with Ernie Erdman, but Peggy Lee sings an altogether different number, written and originally recorded by blues songstress Sippie Wallace. My thanks to Allen Bardin for pointing out the correct songwriter name.

4. Yutaka Yokokura
5. "Dreams Of Summer"
The name of the composer of "Dreams Of Summer" is (mis)spelled in the various sources at my reach. His first name appears as "Utaka" or "Utakaka" in a few magazine articles. Moreover, the sleeve of the Polydor album Live In London credits him as "Yutaka Kokakura."

The correct spelling is Yutaka Yokokura, as evinced not only by Library of Congress entries but also the artist's own works. (In addition to being a songwriter, Yutaka Yokokura is a keyboardist, koto player and vocalist who has released a couple of CDs in the 'smooth jazz' vein. He has also done a substantial amount of work as producer and remixer. With credits dating back to the 1970s, Yokokura has continued to reap credits in the twenty-first century.)






Issues / Collectors' Corner

1. Live In London [LP; Mercury]
In the United States, the Polydor album Live In London was briefly released by Mercury in an abbreviated, 10-track version.

Mercury's files actually list the album as canceled. It presumably was, though not before some copies made it to a few chain stores. In fact, Peggy Lee fan and collector Wayne Brasler reports that he bought the Mercury edition of the LP in the late 1970s at a store in Chicago (either Sam Goody's or Montgomery Ward, he recalls). Brasler has also kindly shared with me a scan of the album's front and back covers, which are essentially identical to the Polydor original.

The differences between the two editions of the album pertain to the number and sequencing of the tracks.

The Mercury LP includes just 10 of the 16 tracks in the British original. On side A of the Mercury album, we find "Love For Sale", "Everything Must Change", "Fever", "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", and "Touch Me In The Morning." These tracks are also found on side A of the Polydor LP (except for "Fever", which opens side B).

The Mercury edition offers the following song sequence on its B side: "Mack The Knife", "Is That All There Is?", "Make Believe", "Dreams of Summer", and "Here's To You." All five songs can also be found on side B of the Polydor original.

The back cover of the Mercury LP states that it is "[a]lso available on Musicassette and Stereo 8 Track Tapes: MCR-4-1-1172, MC-8-1172." I do not know if, before its presumed cancellation, the album actually came out in those configurations.

The Canadian LP edition of the album (2482 415) has the same 10-track listing as the Mercury version. It differs, however, in the identification of its label as Polydor -- not Mercury.

In summary, the American Mercury and Canadian Polydor LP versions of Live In London contain only 10 of the 16 original tracks. The following six songs were omitted: "You Got To Know How," "I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard," "Have A Good Time," "Why Don't You Do Right," "Sing A Rainbow" and "Mr. Wonderful."

2. Live In London [LP/CS]
The catalogue number of the original LP on British Polydor begins with the prefix "super," which I do not believe to be part of the cassette version. (The cassette's number numerical digits are 3170 448; the LP's number is 2383 448.)

3. The New Collection [CD] And "Touch Me In The Morning" [Song]
4. At Her Best [CD] And "Dreams Of Summer" [Song]
In the past, I believed that the two above-listed CDs contained versions of "Touch Me In The Morning" and "Dreams Of Summer" that had not been released anywhere else. Since both versions were concert performances, I tentatively proposed that these otherwise unreleased versions had to be from the March 20 evening, whose tapes were not owned by Polydor. I reasoned that these performances could not be from the March 13 concert because the March 13 tapes are owned by Polydor: Pulse and Carlton would have thus been unauthorized to release them.

Repeated listening and track comparison (made easier these days due to the release of the very good-sounding CD/DVD set Peggy Lee Live In London) has now led me to conclude that both CDs contain the Polydor versions, after all. I am detecting no difference between the respective vocals and music. The only differences pertain to the background, which has been very slightly modified in two or three instances -- e.g., the editing of a concertgoer's coughing.



Date: March 18, 1977 (10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Location: CBS Studios, 31-37 Whitfield Street, London
Label: Laureate Presentations & Peggy Lee Associates

Ken Barnes (pdr), Peter Moore (con), Duncan Lamont (ts), Kenny Baker (t), Peggy Lee (v, bkv), Other Individuals Unknown (unk)

a. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Here, Now - 2:50(Dan Kimpel, Marc Allen Trujillo)
b. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Misty - 5:00(Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
c. Alternate, Lee-Barnes I'm Not In Love - 4:51(Graham Keith Gouldman, Eric Michael Stewart)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
d. Alternate, Lee-Barnes Star Sounds - 3:27(Johnny Mercer)
All titles on:
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)





A Remake Session

This March 18, 1977 was reserved for the remake of various numbers that had been originally recorded about ten days earlier, for the Polydor album Peggy. Nevertheless, these remakes were never incorporated to the LP, and they remained unissued until the advent of the CD era.

The primary difference between originals and remakes pertains to the use of synthesizer in the former and, conversely, the exclusion of the same instrument among the latter. According to producer Ken Barnes, the initial plan was to record the numbers as they are heard in this date -- i.e., without a synthesizer -- but Peggy Lee momentarily departed from the plan. As Barnes told it, "there was a synthesizer in the studio, and Peggy thought it would be a good idea to use it on two of the songs."

However, after listening to the mixed and edited masters, Lee ended up siding with Barnes and Pete Moore: perhaps the interpretations would sound better if the modern-day instrument were to be removed? Because the original album sessions had come under budget, Barnes deemed it "an easy matter to call an extra session and re-record certain tracks." The concerned parties appear to have settled on de-synthesizing two of the tracks, and re-recording a couple others.

"Unfortunately," Barnes further explained, "Polydor had already rushed the masters into production for an early release." These remakes thus languished in Barnes' possession, barely experiencing any commercial activity until this century. The 2015 release of the boxed set Live In London finally provided Barnes with the opportunity to make the replacements that had been envisioned by the producer, the conductor and, on her second time around, the singer herself. Listeners who prefer the versions with synthesizer (myself being one of those listeners, at least in the case of "Star Sounds") have the option of enjoying them on not only the original Polydor LP but also the 1993 CD You Give me Fever. (For those 'synthesized' versions, see session entry dated March 7 to 9, 1977, above.)


Masters And Issues, Personnel And Instruments

1. "I'm Not In Love"
2. "Star Sounds"
The exclusion of synthesizer is the foremost difference between these numbers and their equivalents from the preceding session. On each track, a more traditional instrument substitutes for the synths -- most notably on "I'm Not In Love," with the winsome trumpet of Kenny Baker.

As for the vocal, it appears to be identical in both cases, except for a minor variation in the case of "I'm Not In Love." Around 3:10 on the version from the earlier date, we hear Lee sing the following four lines:

Oooh, you waited a long time for me, love
Oooh, you waited a long time

Oooh, you waited a long time for me, love
Oooh, you waited a long time

In this session's version, the same passage is excised to two lines:

Oooh, you waited a long time

Oooh, you waited a long time

The excision provides Baker with a longer time to blow his excellent trumpet -- in an extended solo that shines before, after, and in-between lines.

Strictly speaking, neither of the this session's discussed reconfigurations qualify as masters, because the vocals are not new ones. However, this discographer has exceptionally granted them their own individual placement, primarily due to Lee's direct involvement in the reconfiguration process.

3. "Here, Now"
4. "Misty"
5. Kenny Baker (trumpet)
6. Duncan Lamont (tenor sax)
7. Peggy Lee (background vocals)
As already explained, these two masters contain newly recorded vocals of numbers that the singer had originally waxed over a week earlier. Both remakes evince a jazzier, less overtly commercially pop-oriented approach. An instrumentalist gains prominent on each number: Duncan Lamont with his tenor sax on "Here, Now," Kenny Baker with his trumpet on "Misty." Also, Peggy Lee herself sings the background vocal part on "Here, Now" (in contrast to the earlier version). The two versions of "Misty" can be easily distinguished by the fact that she ends the word "just" is uttered by Lee as part of her last phrase of the earlier session's ("just as look at me master"), but not at all in this date's master.


Photos

Above: back and front cover of the Pulse 2CD set At Her Best, on whose first disc two of this session's masters made their commercial debut. The rest of that disc's content stems mostly from mid-1960s TV specials. The second disc contains the concert to be discussed in the next session. As for the picture on this issue's front cover, it is of course an iconic portrait taken in 1959 or 1960 -- not contemporaneous with this CD release (1997), not with the sessions discussed on this page (1977).

Below: Photography more contemporaneous with the period covered by this page's sessions. Peggy Lee is seen at her dressing room, writing (exact location unknown, the year handwritten on the back as 1977, though late 1976 strikes me as likelier), and also in the company of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, on September 17, 1976. The occasion for Lee's trip to his City Hall was his bestowal of a gold medal on her, along with the title of ambassador for Chicago. As proud of this award as the lady must have felt, her pride could have not compared to the gentleman's own, who had caught a 19-pound chinook salmon during a fishing trip to Lake Michigan on the previous Friday -- the evidence being the photo on his hand.





Date: March 20, 1977
Location: London Palladium, London [Third Show At The Palladium]
Label: Laureate Presentations & Peggy Lee Associates

Peggy Lee (ldr), Ken Barnes (pdr), Steve Taylor (eng), Peter Moore, Jack Parnell (con), The Jack Parnell Orchestra (acc), Bob Burns (as), Duncan Lamont, Tommy Whittle (ts), Kenny Baker (t), Richard Edwards, Don Lusher (tb), Tony Fisher (fh), Judd Proctor (g), Unknown (str), Ronnie Price (key), Ronnie Verrell (d), Peggy Lee (v, spk)

a. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Love For Sale - 2:44(Cole Porter) / arr: Richard "Dick" Hazard
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
b. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Misty - 5:12(Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) / arr: Peter Moore
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
c. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Why Don't You Do Right? - 1:04(Joe McCoy)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
d. Mastered By Lee-Barnes I'm Not In Love - 4:41(Graham Keith Gouldman, Eric Michael Stewart) / arr: Peter Moore
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
e. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Have A Good Time - 2:06(Paul Simon) / arr: Byron Olson
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
f. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Mr. Wonderful - 3:34(Lawrence Holofcener, Jerry Bock, George David Weiss) / arr: Peter Moore
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
g. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Sing A Rainbow - 1:44(Arthur Hamilton)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
h. Mastered By Lee-Barnes You Gotta Know How - 2:46(Beulah "Sippie" Wallace) / arr: Mickey Ingalls
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
i. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Everything Must Change - 3:51(Benard Ighner) / arr: Byron Olson
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
j. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Make Believe - 3:08(Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
k. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Fever - 2:36(Otis Blackwell aka John Davenport, Eddie Cooley, uncredited Sid Kuller & Peggy Lee)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
l. Mastered By Lee-Barnes I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard - 1:00(Henry W. Petrie, Henry Sawyer, Philip Wingate)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
m. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Is That All There Is? - 3:55(Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) / arr: Randy Newman
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(United Kingdom) 30360 01222 THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)
n. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Who Are You?: Rodgers & Hart Medley - 2:14(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / arr: Yutaka Yokokura
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
o. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Glad To Be Unhappy: Rodgers & Hart Medley - 1:32(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
p. Mastered By Lee-Barnes It Never Entered My Mind: Rodgers & Hart Medley - 2:59(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
q. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered: Rodgers & Hart Medley - 4:20(Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
r. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Mack The Knife (Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer) - 2:53(Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
s. Mastered By Lee-Barnes The Folks Who Live On The Hill - 3:42(Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II) / arr: Nelson Riddle
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
t. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Lover - 3:54(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) / arr: Peter Moore
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
u. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Here's To You - 3:06(Richard Hazard, Peggy Lee) / arr: Richard "Dick" Hazard
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pls Mc/Cd 144 — Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee / Fever! Live At The London Palladium (Pulse Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications' Kaz Division Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Trt Mc/Cd 209 — Mack The Knife; The Best Of Peggy Lee (TrueTrax Sub-Label)   (1996)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 457 — Four Great Gals {Doris Day, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald}   (2001)
Castle Pulse (The Sanctuary Group's) Licensed CD(United Kingdom) Pbxcd 901 — The Great Vocalists {One Artist Per CD: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee ...}   (2001)
All titles on:
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD(United Kingdom) 06607 5364186PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)





Masters

1. Ownership
This March 20, 1977 concert was taped with the expectation that Polydor would acquire and release it. Nevertheless, the record company decided to pass, arguing that ownership of the above-listed March 13, 1977 concert dates sufficed. Hence the original tapes remained in the possession of producer Ken Barnes. The material is currently co-owned by the estates of Barnes and Lee.

2. "Is That All There Is?"
During its decades in storage, this 1977 concert's master tape would suffer heavy drop-out in some spots. Hence, when opportunity and contractual stipulations finally allowed for its commercial release it (1996), some of its tracks proved to be in too poor shape (1996). Case in point: the above-listed version of "Is That All There Is?", which had to be excluded for the original 1996 release. One year later, extensive restoration work on the master tape allowed producer Barnes to release the previously unissued "Is That All There Is" though on a compilation CD. For nearly two decades, this version of "Is That All There Is" remained separately issued from the concert to which it belonged. It was with the release of the boxed set Live in London (2015) that "Is That All There Is" was, at last, reinstated to the concert.

3. Sequencing
The various releases of this concert do not show the same running order. I have listed the numbers in the same sequence as they appear in the 2015 boxed set Live In London, which was co-produced by Ken Barnes.


Dating

1. March 13, 1977
2. March 20, 1977
Over the years, some concertgoers who attended Peggy Lee's London Palladium shows have expressed confusion over the exact days in which she performed at this venue. Ken Barnes, producer of Lee's concerts at the Palladium, has corroborated that concerts took place on both March 13 and March 20, 1977.

Specifics about this session's concert remain fuzzy, however. Some fans who attended the March 13 shows insist that they never saw notice of any additional dates anywhere. Could it be that the March 20 concert was reserved for an invited audience, and that consequently there was no advertisement? Such a possibility is not highly likely. Granting that over 30 years have passed since this event took place, producer Ken Barnes recalls it as advertised and well-attended.

More likely, any lack of widespread awareness must have resulted from last-minute scheduling. I have been told that the March 20 concert was set up belatedly at the request of Peggy Lee. She was not entirely happy with the performances that she had given on the evening of March 13, and wanted to have another opportunity to perform a show to her satisfaction. (Polydor still decided to use the March 13 material, as already mentioned.) Unlike the weeks-long notice for the first concert evening, reports about the second evening thus had to be given just a few days before the event actually happened.

Since no plans for the March 20 concert were made until after March 13, it is hardly surprising that published interviews and press releases from the time make no reference to the event. Witness, for instance, the article that appeared in the March 19, 1977 issue of Melody Maker. Lee was obviously interviewed for the piece before the night of March 13. At interview time, the March 20 concert had not been even proposed. Hence Max Jones writes that Lee "is playing only one concert date, which seems short ration in view of the length of time which separates her occasional visits." Lee is then quoted as having said: "I know, but I'm doing two shows so you might as well say I'm doing two nights ..."

As with the earlier shows, a three-hour orchestra rehearsal was held on the afternoon of the March 20 concert. And once again, Peggy Lee rehearsed with the orchestra during the last hour and a half.

3. March 20, 1997
According to the discographical notes in the Pulse/Castle 2CD At Her Best, half of the disc's contents were recorded in concert at the London Palladium on March 20, 1997. This is merely a typographical error; the second 9 of "1997" should have been a 7.





Photos

Above: several views of these sessions' crowning jewel, Universal's Live In London 2CD/1DVD combo, on which nearly all of this page's performances are included. Presented right above is the first page of the booklet's essay, written by session producer Ken Barnes. The photo in view is not a shoot of the "palatial home in Beverly Hills" to which Barnes refers. As revealed by the dimly visible caption, this is instead a capture of a scene from the 1973 Julie's Christmas Special, for whose taping Lee flew to London. (The Julie of the title is Miss Andrews.)

Below: before its definitive appearance as part of Universal's Live In London CD/DVD set, this date's concert saw issue and reissue in at least six different incarnations, many of them conceived by the same team, operating under different, inter-connected labels. The first three are CDs, all of them containing the exact same tracks, and apparently released in 1996. Anachronistically, the photos of their respective front covers date from the first half of the 1960s. In the second row, th first cover belongs to a cassette tape, for which a CD counterpart (not shown here) was also issued. The two last items are multi-artist boxed sets.


Personnel

1. Sources
My data about the personnel of the London Palladium concerts comes from two sources.

One source is the aforementioned music review, published by Melody Maker magazine on March 19, 1977. Reviewer Ray Coleman lists Bob Burns (alto), Don Lusher (trombone), Kenny Baker (trumpet), Tommy Whittle (tenor) and Ronnie Verrell (drums) as attending members of the Jack Parnell Orchestra, which he furthermore describes as "augmented by strings."

My other source is Pulse/Kaz CD #144, which contains the March 20 concert. In addition to the vocalist, the producer, and the conductor, the CD's annotator names five musicians, all of them under the rubric "featured soloists": Richard Edwards, Tony Fisher, Duncan Lamont, Ronnie Price, and Judd Proctor. The Pete Moore Orchestra is credited, too.

Notice that these two sources do not list the same musicians. Furthermore, one source is connected to the March 13 concert, the other to the March 20 concert. However, I believe that the personnel listed by each source applies to both March 13 and March 20. For one possible reason why neither source lists the entire personnel, see next paragraph.

2. Jack Parnell
3. Pete Moore
Lee's shows at the London Palladium were divided into two segments. One segment was conducted by Jack Parnell, the other one by Pete Moore. Melody Maker's reviewer Ray Coleman concentrates on mentioning members of Parnell's orchestra. On the other hand, the annotator of the CD At Her Best (probably producer Ken Barnes himself) singles out the nuclear, small combo which probably worked under Moore's leadership.


Arrangements

1. Artie Butler
2. Dick Hazard
All arrangements credits are based on the contents of Peggy Lee's library of arrangements and should be deemed tentative. The only exception is "Love For Sale," whose credit to Dick Hazard is based on a statement made by producer Ken Barnes in his notes for the boxed set Live in London. An Artie Butler arrangement of this song can be found in Lee's library.






Songs

1. Rodgers & Hart Medley
This concert's Rodgers & Hart Medley consists of six songs, four of them sung by Peggy Lee and the other two performed as instrumentals by the orchestra, for a total timing of 10:19. The vocals, with their respective timings, are: "Who Are You?" (02:14), "Glad To Be Unhappy" (01:32), "It Never Entered My Mind" (02:59), and "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered" (04:20). The two instrumentals are "Where Or When", which follows Lee's first vocal ("Who Are You?"), and "Falling In Love With Love", which precedes Lee's last vocal ("Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered").


Issues And Collectors' Corner

1. Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee [CD]
2. Fever! Live At The London Palladium [CD]
3. Mack The Knife - The Best of Peggy Lee [CD]
Originally issued in 1996, the Castle-Kaz CD Fever! The Best Of Peggy Lee was later reprinted with a different cover and a partially different title (Fever! Live At The London Palladium). The front cover of the earlier version shows a black & white drawing (or rather, a photo negative of a poster) of Lee in the mid-1970s. The reprint shows three color photos of Lee, performing in 1962.

To further complicate matters, Castle also issued the same CD contents in its TrueTrax sub-label. This version has not only different artwork but also reshuffled tracks and yet another partially different title (Mack The Knife - The Best of Peggy Lee). To see photos of this and the previously mentioned items, consult this discography's pictorial page for Post-Capitol issues, section V.


Arrangements

For all the above-shown masters identifying an arranger, the Peggy Lee sheet music library is my source of information. However, and as I have repeatedly indicated elsewhere, I have not actually inspected the library's arrangements. Hence I believe but cannot be absolutely certain that the library's arrangements are the exact same ones used in concert. (This caveat does not apply to well-established numbers from Lee's canon, such as "Is That All There Is?" and "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," for which the hit or original arrangement was usually employed through the years. Although Pete Moore might have made a few adjustments for the occasion, the arrangements of these songs that were played at the Palladium were clearly the ones originally created by Randy Newman and Nelson Riddle.)





Peggy Lee With Ken Barnes At Polydor Records

British filmmaker and music producer Ken Barnes was responsible for bringing legendary acts such as Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, and Johnny Mercer to the United Kingdom, and for having them record albums in their late, senior years. Peggy Lee herself was assiduously courted by Barnes. "I have been to Hollywood 12 or 14 times in the past two years," he told Reginald Brace, of the Yorkshire Post, in 1977. "Each time I phoned Peggy about making an album, but she was always recording with someone else like Paul McCartney or Leiber and Stoller. She always said, Don’t forget to call next time you come over. One day I phoned and she was ready to listen. It was persistence on my part." Barnes made Lee's European traveling very worthwhile. He negotiated concert appearances in various cities (including London and Amsterdam), along with a television special and, as illustrated through this page, a two-record deal with Polydor Records. "We got on famously," Lee told Melody Maker's Max Jones at a party thrown by Polydor in her honor. "Ken and Pete [Moore] and Steve the engineer, well, everyone there has been absolutely marvelous to me. I’m so happy." Added Barnes: "It took [me] long to get her away from Beverly Hills and over to London, but it’s been worth it."


Photos

Above: Peggy Lee flanked by arranger Pete Moore on her right and producer Ken Barnes on her left, at the CBS Studios in London. They are in the process of singing and dubbing her own background vocals, most likely for the song "Here. Now," on March 18, 1977. Below: Miss Lee caught in the act twice at the Drury Lane, first on September 15 of 1976, then on October 4 of 1977. The Drury Lane in question is not London's Theatre Royal but the theater that was once located in Chicago's Water Tower Place. Lee was among the first acts to play at this original, opulent incarnation of Chicago's Drury Lane, which remained in place for just eight years (1976-1983). "Everything Must Change" and "Make Believe" were among the songs which she performed at the Drury Lane in 1976 and took to the London Palladium in 1977.





Sessions Reported: 5

Performances Reported: 59

Unique Songs Reported: 32

Unique Issues Reported: 16