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The Peggy Lee Music Catalog
American Singles
(1941-2003)

by Iván Santiago

Page generated on Apr 14, 2022


CONTENTS


The present page contains a tally of singles credited to Peggy Lee, be it in her capacity as a recording solo artist, duet partner, or big band canary. Naturally, 78-rpm and 45-rpm singles are our primary items of interest. Room has also been made for other short-form configurations of relevance: cassingles, CD singles, and any EPs offering original content (as opposed to EPs derived from LPs). Generally, non-commercial items have been excluded (e.g., 45-rpm discs from the United States Army Recruiting Service), but allowances have been made for a few noteworthy, unique promotional singles. All in all, our inventory currently counts with a total of 222 entries.

We have also made space for various-artists albums containing Peggy Lee performances. Not every such album, though. The various-artists albums accepted for inclusion are those consisting of 45-rpm or 78-rpm discs. (For an example of the kind of item to which I am referring, take a look at entry #19 below.) A practical rationale underlies my incorporation of this type of item. All too often, the 45 and 78 discs on those various-artists albums end up being separated from the jackets or boxes which hold them together, and are thenceforth treated --however incorrectly-- as singles.



GALLERY A

Functioning as an appetizer or prelude of sorts, this pictorial section offers a small selection of images from Peggy Lee's vast catalog of records. The section aims at highlighting key items in the singer's discography of 45s, 78s, and related singles.






Photos above: From 1941, Columbia 36359 was Peggy Lee's debut single. A novelty that she had to record while contending with her nerves, this vocal was not fondly remembered by the singer. Seen next is Lee's first major seller, recorded and released by Columbia on its Okeh imprint in late 1941. "Somebody Else Is Taking my Place" was a ballad set to a danceable beat, as was the preference of contemporaneous big band fans. Reaching the top of the charts in early 1942, this big seller long preceded the better-remembered "Why Don't You Right" (Columbia 36652), which did not gain national momentum until early 1943. The remaining images present both sides of Capitol 197, Lee's first official single as a solo artist. Recorded in 1944 and released in 1945, this 78-rpm single happens to feature two of the singer-songwriter's earliest professional lyrics.






Photos above: Made for Walt Disney productions in the mid-1940s, here is one of two rare Peggy Lee vocals promoting the 1946 animated film Make Mine Music. From 1949, Capitol 54-547 is seen next. This item was Lee's debut issue on the then-new 45-rpm single format. (It was also issued as a 78-rpm disc.) Third in line is Capitol S4189, one of the six singles with which the label debuted its line of stereo singles -- and the only issue by a female artist amidst the sextet. (It was separately issued as a monophonic single, too). Released in 1952, Decca 28142 is last but not least. Lee's first single on Decca and a minor hit, its release was promptly followed by what would prove to be another major-selling single for her, "Lover."



SCOPE


Geographically, this tally confines itself to United States releases. Singles from nations such as Japan and Australia are not part of the present count. The singer's many British singles, containing the same songs as their US counterparts, have been excluded, too.

I have made only one exception to the geographical boundary stipulated above. Bearing in mind that Peggy Lee carried out her recording activity in both the US and the UK, I have supplemented our otherwise all-American count with select British singles. The selected discs are strictly those which contain at least one song never issued on an American single.

Peggy Lee began to sing professionally in 1934, but did not make her record debut until 1941. Hence, chronologically, our inventory starts off with a 78-rpm single from that year, on Columbia Records. It closes with a 2003 CD single released by Capitol Records, the label which Lee considered her musical alma mater. Meant as something of a tribute, that last single came out one year after her passing in 2002.


GALLERY B


Continuing the mini-project begun near the top of the page, this pictorial section offers a second dosage of images from Peggy Lee's vast catalog of records. Further down below, a third section will complement the project.





Photos above: As far as Peggy Lee's log of US and UK singles go, picture sleeves are a very uncommon sighting. Here are some of the very few ever issued. The first of these images is actually the sleeve of a UK promotional demo, sent out to radio stations and other qualifying outfits. Two others are holiday offerings, and the remaining one identifies itself as a "special release." (To qualify the point made in this paragraph's first sentence, such a scarcity of photography does not apply to her EP issues, nor does it necessarily apply to foreign singles. Indeed, a fair share of picture sleeves can be found among Lee's 45-rpm singles from elsewhere around the world. For the reader's inspection and enjoyment, a sampling has been attached to the end of this page.)





Photos above: Peggy Lee's two best-known hits, seen here in their original commercial issues, along with publicity in support of both hit singles.



OVERVIEW


Peggy Lee began her professional singing career in the mid-1930s. However, she did not make her commercial debut on record until the 1940s. The earliest discs to feature Lee's vocals are 78-rpm singles credited to bandleader Benny Goodman, who hired the vocalist in August 1941, and kept her as his orchestra's canary until mid-1943. Separately recorded for the Bob Crosby Orchestra, two additional canary performances ensued in 1944. Thereafter, Peggy Lee spent her lifelong recording activity on a solo artistic trajectory, straying from that path only during the last decade of her career (the 1990s), and just for the express purpose of making guest appearances on albums by three fellow songwriters (Benny Carter, Michael Franks, Gilbert O'Sullivan).

The bulk of Lee's recorded work is on Capitol Records, with a secondary but substantial log of material on the Decca label. Accordingly, most of her original singles can be found on those two labels. She did also record a few such items for three of the other companies with which she signed later in her career (A&M, Atlantic, and MusicMasters). Then there is the aforementioned canary period, which generated its own fair amount of singles as well.

Collectors interested in fully pursuing Lee's catalogue of singles should bear in mind that this page is not set to offer "all there is." Should you choose to leave the geographical boundaries designated for our inventory, you will find Peggy Lee singles unique to nations such as Australia, Germany, Japan and Sweden. For instance, her Capitol version of the standard "Stormy Weather" was made available only as an album track in the US and the UK, yet released on 78-rpm single in both Brazil and Denmark. Readers curious about such notable additional singles (along with less notable ones) are welcome to consult my more extensive work in I Don't Know Enough About You: The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography, also reachable online. Among the several pages of possible interest in the bio-discography, there are some exclusively dedicated to 78 singles, 45 singles, and British issues (the latter listing both albums and singles).

Returning to our elucidation of the inventory to be presented below (after Galley C), its organization is chronological, based on the singles' year of release. Some singles are accompanied by annotation aiming at clarifying details of relevance. Recording dates have been provided for each Lee number, too (within parentheses). An asterisk indicates that the given selection was written or cowritten by Peggy Lee.



GALLERY C


This third section completes our select viewing of key items from Peggy Lee's catalog of US and UK singles. However (and as with all things Peggy Lee), it is not all there is: a gallery dedicated to foreign singles will be found near the bottom of the page.






Photos above: The so-called Ring-side Souvenir in view was only sold at Peggy Lee's NY nightclub concerts in the late 1980s. It is essentially a limited, special reissue, re-offering two of the singer's best-known Capitol hits, one dating back to the late 1950s, the other to the late 1960s. From 1974, "Let's Love / Always" was Lee's only US/UK single on Atlantic Records, though a second single was issued in France. (it is pictured down below, near the bottom of this page). Seen here in both its US and UK editions, "Some Cats Know / I Remember" was one of two Peggy Lee singles released by A&M Records between 1975 and 1976.






Photos above: Recorded while visiting the United Kingdom in 1977, "Lover" and "I'm Not in Love" are album tracks which were also issued on Lee's only single for Polydor Records. Fever (third image) was a promotional 45-rpm single released by EMI in 1992, when the titular hit song re-entered the British music charts for its second time, after over 30 years had passed since its first round of popularity. Fever (closing image) was also the title given to a CD single produced by EMI in 2003, the year after the singer passed away.



CHRONOLOGICAL CATALOG



1941



1. Columbia 78 single #36359
Elmer’s Tune (Peggy Lee vocal; recorded 8/15/41) / [The Birth Of The Blues - Benny Goodman instrumental]
September 1941 (Single's Release Date)




2. Columbia 78 single #36379
I See A Million People (Peggy Lee vocal; 8/20/41) / [The Count - Goodman instrumental]
October 1941




3. Columbia 78 single #36421
I Got It Bad (Peggy Lee vocal; 10/2/41) / [Pound Ridge - Goodman instrumental]
October 1941
Note
Then brand new, the Duke Ellington-Paul Francis Webster tune "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)" was Peggy Lee's earliest national chart hit.




4. Columbia 78 single #36429
Shady Lady Bird (Peggy Lee vocal; 10/21/41) / [Buckle Down Winsocki - Tommy Dix vocal]
November 1941
Note
Exists in two versions, differentiated by the typeface used for the song titles. 78-rpm singles with the standard Columbia typeface contain the master take of "Shady Lady Bird." Singles with a smaller and slightly bulkier typeface are less predictable, sometimes containing an alternate take (#1, recorded on October 8, 1941) and sometimes the same aforementioned master (#3). Tommy Dix was a crooner whose working period under Goodman was circumscribed to the October 21, 1941 sesssion which produced both of these sides.




5. OKeh 78 single #6474
Let’s Do It (Peggy Lee vocal; 10/21/41) / [The Earl - Goodman instrumental]
November 1941
Note
Okeh was an old Columbia subsidiary, dormant until the big label reactivated it in 1941. Two different pressings of this Okeh single were issued, one containing take 2 of "Let's Do It" (recorded on September 25, 1941), the other take 4. The pressing with take #2 was quickly withdrawn. The two takes can be aurally differentiated by the absence of drums on the withdrawn take.




6. OKeh 78 single #6497
Somebody Else Is Taking My Place (11/13/41) / That Did It, Marie (11/13/41)
December 1941




7a. OKeh 78 single #6516
Winter Weather (duet with Art London; 11/27/41) / Ev’rything I Love (11/27/41)
December 1941



7b. OKeh 78 single #6516
Winter Weather (duet with Art London; 11/27/41) / [I Don't Want To Walk Without You - Tommy Tucker Time, with vocal by Amy Arnell]
December 1941
Note
As shown above, two versions of this single were issued. Erroneously pressed, the version that substituted "Ev'rything I Love" with a number by bandleader Tommy Tucker and his ensemble was quickly withdrawn.)





1942


8. OKeh 78 single #6544
How Long Has This Been Going On? (Peggy Lee vocal; 11/13/41) / [Clarinet Ala King - Goodman instrumental]
January 1942



9. OKeh 78 single #6553
Blues In The Night (12/24/41) / Where Or When (12/24/41)
Late January 1942



10. OKeh 78 single #6562
Somebody Nobody Loves (11/13/41) / [Let's Give Love A Chance - Art London vocal]
February 1942



11. OKeh 78 single #6580
The Lamp Of Memory (1/15/42) / [When The Roses Bloom Again - Art London solo vocal]
Around March 1942
Note
The Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded two versions of "When The Roses Bloom Again," one vocalized by the band's crooner, the other by their canary. Peggy Lee's version remained unissued until the LP era.



12. OKeh 78 single #6606
My Little Cousin (2/5/42) / [A Zoot Suit -Art London vocal]
March 1942



13. OKeh 78 single #6644
We’ll Meet Again (3/12/42) / [Before (Rachmaninoff Special) - Goodman instrumental]
April 1942



14a. OKeh 78 single #6652
Full Moon (3/12/42) / I Threw A Kiss In The Ocean (3/12/42)
April 1942



14b. Columbia 78 single #36590
Full Moon (3/12/42) / I Threw A Kiss In The Ocean (3/12/42)
April 1942 or later
Note
Released on both Columbia and Okeh imprints, with different catalogue numbers (36590, 6652). The release month may apply to the Okeh pressing only.



15. Columbia 78 single #36580
Not Mine (12/10/41) / If You Build A Better Mousetrap (duet with Art London, 1/15/42)
May 1942



16. Columbia 78 single #36594
The Way You Look Tonight (3/10/42) / [The Wang Wang Blues - Goodman instrumental]
May 1942



17. Columbia 78 single #36617
On The Sunny Side Of The Street (12/24/41) / All I Need Is You (3/14/42)
July 1942



18. Columbia 78 single ##36652
Why Don’t You Do Right (7/27/42) / [Six Flats Unfurnished - Goodman instrumental]
October 1942
Note
Perhaps limited to selected markets at first, this single's nationwide release seems to have taken place in November or December of 1942. (The vocal side did not make its music chart debut until January 1943.)



General Note
In the UK, Goodman's singles from this period were issued on the Parlophone label. The same Lee selections listed above can be found in the few Parlophone singles which I have tracked down, though not always paired in the same manner as in America.





1943

Peggy Lee is not known to have recorded any material this year.
Preventing her from doing so were the combined effect of two factors, one occupational, the other personal:
1. an ongoing record ban, dictated by the American Federation of Musicians
2. a self-imposed retirement, elicited by marriage and motherhood



1944


19. Capitol 78 Album A 3 - New American Jazz (Criterion Series)
A Various-Artists Set (Discs 10009-10012)
Disc 10011: Ain't Goin' No Place (Peggy Lee vocal; 1/7/44) / [Sugar - instrumental by The Capitol Jazzmen]
Disc 10012: That Old Feeling (Peggy Lee vocal; 1/7/44) / [Someday Sweetheart - instrumental by The Capitol Jazzmen]
First issued in July 1944. Reprinted around 1945 with a new catalogue prefix (CD 3).
Note
Only the third album in Capitol's entire catalogue, New American Jazz actually offers a combination of instrumentals and vocals, the latter alternately performed by Peggy Lee and Jack Teagarden. This album consists of four discs and is credited to the Capitol Jazzmen, but Lee and Teagarden receive star billing, too. Upon the release of New American Jazz, California radio stations treated the Lee vocals as if they were singles, giving them a fair amount of airplay. At local record stores, avid listeners asked for the singles containing the vocals, only to be told that there were no such singles -- just the album. Although not privy to the reason why Capitol reprinted this item, I am inclined to believe that the popularity of some of its sides factored into the decision. Incidentally, these two numbers are also Lee's earliest master recordings for the Capitol label.




20. Columbia 78 single ##36754
My Old Flame (10/2/41) / How Deep Is The Ocean? (10/8/41)
November 1944
Note
Benny Goodman issue, released by Columbia after Lee was no longer under the bandleader's hire. Both sides previously unissued.





1945


21a. Ara 78 single RM 114
On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe (duet with Bob Crosby; 6/30/44) / It's Anybody's Spring (6/30/44)
April 1945



21b. Ara 78 single RM 114
On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe (duet with Bob Crosby; 6/30/44) / [On The Night Train To Memphis - Porky Freeman Trio instrumental]
1945 or 1946
Note
As shown above, Ara issued this single twice, the second time substituting "It's Anybody's Spring" with an instrumental by another act in the label's roster. All sides but the instrumental are credited to Bob Crosby and Orchestra, with Lee billed as vocalist or co-vocalist. The songs on Ara RM 114 were Lee's only known contributions to this short-lived, Hollywood-based independent label.




22. Capitol 78 single #197
What More Can A Woman Do? * (12/27/44) / You Was Right, Baby * (12/27/44)
May 1945
Note
Peggy Lee's first official single for Capitol Records.




23. Capitol 78 single #218
I’m Glad I Waited For You (7/30/45) / Waiting For The Train To Come In (7/30/45)
September 1945





1946


24. Capitol 78 single #236
I Can See It Your Way (12/26/45) / I Don’t Know Enough About You * (12/26/45)
Early February 1946



25. Disney 78 Set #2664-2667 - From Walt Disney's Make Mine Music (Promo)
A Various-Artists Set (Sides 2664-2667 and 3884-3885)
Disc A-2664 & A-2666: [Without You - Anita Boyer vocal] / Johnny Fedora And Alice Blue Bonnet (Peggy Lee vocal; ca. 12/45)
Disc A-2665 & A-2667: Two Silhouettes (Peggy Lee vocal; ca. 12/45) / [All The Cats Join In - Benny Goodman instrumental]
Made available in late February 1946
Note
Disney prepared these two vinylite 78-rpm discs to promote the soundtrack of its then-upcoming movie, Make Mine Music. The promotion specifically targeted radio stations, to which these records were exclusively sent out. Hence, though never made commercially available, the Lee sides are known to have been played at both American and Canadian radio stations. Capitol might have served duty as the manufacturer and distributor of these Disney promo discs, but there is no official word on the matter. A third disc, featuring Hal Derwin on both sides and reported by an owner as being on shellac instead of vinylite, circulated later in the year. (My identification of these discs as one set is based on the fact that they had the same title, as well as a similar make and joint purpose. I do not mean to imply that they were distributed together in a box or multi-sleeve jacket. While such a possibility should not be altogether discarded, I have yet to come across proof that any multi-disc receptacle ever existed.)



26. Capitol 78 single #263
Linger In My Arms A Little Longer, Baby (4/11/46) / Baby, You Can Count On Me (4/11/46)
May 1946



27. Capitol 78 single #292
Aren’t You Kind Of Glad We Did? (7/23/46) / It’s All Over Now (7/23/46)
September 1946



28. Capitol 78 single #322
It’s A Good Day * (7/12/46) / He’s Just My Kind (9/23/46)
November 1946





1947


29. Capitol 78 single #343
Everything’s Moving Too Fast * (11/22/46) / It’s Lovin’ Time (11/22/46)
January 1947



30. Capitol 78 album CD 41 (Criterion Series) & Capitol 45 album CCF 210 - Jerome Kern's Music
aka The Music Of Jerome Kern
A Various-Artists Set (78 Discs 10072 to 10075; 45 Discs 5500 to 5502)
Disc 10075 [78]: She Didn't Say Yes (Peggy Lee vocal; 9/23/46) / [The Way You Look Tonight - Paul Weston instrumental]
Above: Late January or early February 1947
Disc 5501 [45]: [A Fine Romance - Johnny Mercer & Martha Tilton duet / She Didn't Say Yes (Peggy Lee vocal; 9/23/46)
Above: Late 1949 or early 1950
Note
All eight songs composed by Jerome Kern. The 78 album edition consists of four discs. Reissued by Capitol as both a 10" LP (H-210) and a boxed 45 album. For the latter (CCF-210), the total number of discs was downsized to three. "She Didn't Say Yes," originally an A side with an instrumental on the 78's flip side, was moved to a B side on the 45 set, and newly paired with the above-listed duet.



31. Capitol 78 single #375
Speaking Of Angels (1/29/47) / Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1/29/47)
March 1947



32. Capitol 78 Album CD 49 - Somebody Loves Me: The Beloved Songs of Buddy De Sylva (Criterion Series)
A Various-Artists Set (Discs 10085 to 10088)
Disc 10085: Somebody Loves Me (Peggy Lee vocal; 1/29/47) / [Just A Memory - Andy Russell vocal]
May 1947
Note
Consists of four discs. All eight songs co-written by Buddy De Sylva, one of Capitol's founders. Not issued in any other formats (as of early 2022).



33. Columbia 78 single #37514
On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Peggy Lee vocal; 12/24/41) / [Serenade In Blue - Dick Haymes vocal ]
June 1947
Note
Originally released on separate 1942 singles, both sides feature backing from Benny Goodman with his orchestra or sextet. This item is actually the last in a consecutive trio of Columbia singles — #37512, 37513, 37514 — dedicated to the reissuing of Goodman performances from the early 1940s.



34. Capitol 78 single #419
Aintcha Ever Comin’ Back? (4/21/47) / Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino, Go To Sleep) (4/21/47)
June 1947



35. Capitol 78 single #445
It Takes A Long, Long Train (With A Red Caboose) (7/3/47) / Just An Old Love Of Mine * (7/3/47)
August 1947



General Note
Beginning with the just listed 1947 single (#445) and continuing all the way to the year 1951, Capitol provided a clear identification of the A and B side of each Lee single. (There is no such clear-cut identification in the Capitol-Lee singles that precede #445, nor in any of the aforementioned Columbia singles. While going through the task of determining which side to list first on those earlier items, I generally relied on trade ads and press reviews.)



36. Capitol 78 single #15001
There’ll Be Some Changes Made (8/14/47) / A Nightingale Can Sing The Blues (7/15/46)
Mid-October 1947



37. Capitol 78 single #15003
The Freedom Train (group vocal featuring Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Johnny Mercer, The Pied Pipers, Margaret Whiting, 9/12/47) / [God Bless America - Margaret Whiting solo vocal]
Mid-October 1947



38. Capitol 78 single #15009
Golden Earrings (9/24/47) / I’ll Dance At Your Wedding (9/23/47)
November 1947



39. Capitol 78 single #15015
Ja-Da (performance by Ten Cats And A Mouse; 10/13/47) / Three O'Clock Jump (performance by Ten Cats And A Mouse; 10/13/47)
December 1947
Note
Both sides are instrumentals credited to Ten Cats and a Mouse, the nickname of choice for this one-time ensemble, comprising ten male instrumentalists and one female vocalist. All 11 artists played an instrument other than the one for which they were best known. Peggy Lee was the date's drummer.





1948


40. Capitol 78 single #15022
Mañana * (11/25/47) / All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (11/26/47)
January 1948
Note
This was the earliest single ever released by Capitol in the United Kingdom. It was pressed as Capitol CL 13001, thereby inaugurating the label's British 1300 series. (This series consisted of ten-inch 78-rpm discs. The other concurrent British series offered twelve-inch 78-rpm singles. That 1100 series was inaugurated after the 1300 series.)



41. Capitol 78 Album AD 62 - Collectors' Items: Top Drawer Classics (Americana Series)
A Various-Artists Set (Discs 48012-48015)
Disc 48014: Baby (Is What He Calls Me) (12/27/44; Peggy Lee vocal) / [Tain't Like That - Rex Stewart's Big 8 instrumental]
Late January 1948
Note
Consists of eight songs on four discs. All numbers had been recorded within the previous four years (1944-1947), but had hitherto remained unissued.



42. Capitol 78 single #15030
For Every Man There's A Woman (Peggy Lee vocal; 12/2/47) / [Beyond The Sea (La Mer) - Benny Goodman instrumental]
February 1948
Note
Although it is a collaboration between two solo acts, the A side is credited to "Benny Goodman and his Orchestra with Peggy Lee." In the United Kingdom, Capitol opted to pair "For Every Man There's a Woman" with Goodman's version of "On a Slow Boat to China," featuring then-Goodman guitarist Al Hendrickson on vocals (Capitol CL 13003; December 1948). On the matter of early British singles on the Capitol label, see also note to entry #40 above.



43. Capitol 78 single #15048
Laroo, Laroo, Lilli Bolero (11/25/47) / Talkin’ To Myself About You (11/12/47)
March 1948



44. Columbia 78 single #38198
Why Don’t You Do Right? (7/27/42) / Somebody Else Is Taking My Place (11/13/41)
April 1948
Note
Benny Goodman issue, released by Columbia after Lee was no longer under his hire. Both sides previously issued on earlier singles from Columbia and/or its Okeh subsidiary.



45. Capitol 78 single #15090
Caramba! It’s The Samba (11/25/47) / Baby, Don’t Be Mad At Me (11/20/47)
May 1948



46. Capitol 78 single #15118
Bubble-Loo, Bubble-Loo (12/2/47) / Why Don’t You Do Right? (11/19/47)
June 1948



47. Columbia 78 Album C 163 - Paul Whiteman Selects Records For The Millions
A Various-Artists Set (Discs 38218 to 32821; Sides 163-1 to 163-8)
Disc 32819 (sides 163-3 & 163-4): On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Peggy Lee, 12/24/41) / [There's A Small Hotel - Claude Thornhill Orchestra featuring The Snowflakes]
June 1948
Note
Consisting of eight songs on four discs, this set was prepared in conjunction with Paul Whiteman's Records For The Millions, his 1948 Hermitage Press book about recording producing and record collecting. Columbia had previously issued the above-listed Goodman and Thornhill numbers on separate singles. In 1948, the discs might have been manufactured and re-released not only on the Whiteman set but also separately, as singles.



48. Capitol 78 single #15151
Don’t Smoke In Bed (12/2/47) / Everybody Loves Somebody (11/20/47)
July 1948



49. Capitol 78 single #15159
Don’t Be So Mean To Baby * (10/17/46) / Just A Shade On The Blue Side (12/2/47)
August 1948



50. Capitol 78 single #15232
So Dear To My Heart (11/26/47) / Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere (12/2/47)
Late September 1948



51. Capitol 78 single #15277
You Was Right, Baby * (12/27/44) / It’s A Good Day * (7/12/46)
October 1948
Note
Both sides previously issued by Capitol on earlier singles.




52. Capitol 78 single #15298
Hold Me (11/19/47) / (I Wanna Go Where You Go) Then I’ll Be Happy (12/26/47)
December 1948





1949


53. Capitol 78 single #15349
You Was (duet with Dean Martin; 12/14/48) / Someone Like You (12/14/48)
January 1949



54. Capitol 78 single #15371
Blum Blum (I Wonder Who I Am) * (12/29/48) / If You Could See Me Now (12/29/48)
February 1949



55. Capitol 78 single #15416
Similau (2/8/49) / While We’re Young (11/27/47)
March 1949



56. Capitol 78 album CD 162 & Capitol 45 album CDF 163 - Songs From Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific"
A Various-Artists Set (78 Discs 57-596 to 57-599; 45 Discs 54-600 to 54-603)
Disc 57-597 [78]; Disc 54-601 [45]: Bali Ha'i (3/11/49) / [A Medley Of Happy Talk And Honey Bun - Frank DeVol instrumental]
Disc 57-599 [78]; 45 Disc 54-603 [45]: I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair (4/18/49) / [There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame - Dave Barbour instrumental]
Late March or early April 1949
Note
Consists of eight songs on four discs. Slated for release one week before the April 7, 1949 opening of the titular Broadway show. Also issued in a third configuration: 10" LP (H-163), probably released in 1950.



56a. Capitol 78 single #57-543 & 45 single #54-547
Bali Ha’i (3/11/49) / [There Is Nothing Like A Dame - Dave Barbour instrumental]
April 1949
Note
Earliest Peggy Lee tune to be issued on a 45-rpm single.



57. Capitol 78 single #57-608 & 45 single #54-608
(Ghost) Riders In The Sky (4/18/49) / Please Love Me Tonight (12/29/48)
May 1949



58a. Columbia 78 single #38821 & 7" 33-rpm single #1-642
Blues In The Night (Peggy Lee vocal, 12/24/41) / [Bewitched - Helen Forrest vocal]
May or June 1949
Note
Recorded and first issued nine years earlier, these Columbia sides find Benny Goodman accompanying two of his best-known vocalists, neither of whom was under his hire by 1949. Nor was he, by that time, a Columbia artist anymore. Still, Columbia regarded these sides highly enough to reissue them on not only a regular ten-inch 78-rpm disc but also an experimental, novel format -- i.e., a seven-inch disc that played at 33 rpm. And that was not all: the same single was issued on a Columbia budget line as well. See also entries 58b and 73 below.



59. Capitol 78 single #57-670 & 45 single #54-670
You Can Have Him (5/25/49) / At The Cafe Rendezvous (5/25/49)
June 1949



58b. Harmony 78 single #1012
Blues In The Night (Peggy Lee vocal, 12/24/41) / [Bewitched - Helen Forrest vocal]
July or June 1949
Note
At this point in time, Harmony was a Columbia budget line. The single, containing two previously issued vocals, was also issued on the main imprint; see entry 58a above.



60. Capitol 78 single #57-703 & 45 single #54-703
Neon Signs⋆ (6/3/49) / Through A Long And Sleepless Night (6/3/49)
Early August 1949
Note
This was the first Peggy Lee single to be issued after the establishment of Capitol Canada, where it was pressed as Capitol 78-709. (Previously, a couple of distributors had been selling US editions of selected Capitol singles, but the record company itself had not yet physically crossed the north border.)



61. Capitol 78 single #57-769 & 45 single #54-769
Run For The Roundhouse, Nellie (10/7/49) / A Man Wrote A Song (10/6/49)
November 1949



62. Capitol 78 single #57-90035 & 45 single #54-90035
Song At Midnight (6/3/49) / The Christmas Spell (6/3/49)
November 1949



63. Capitol 78 single #791 & 45 single F791
The Old Master Painter (duet with Mel Tormé; 11/16/49) / Bless You (For The Good That’s In You) * (duet with Mel Tormé; 11/16/49)
December 1949





1950


64. Capitol 78 single #801 & 45 single F801
My Small Señor (With The Sonriente Eyes) * (12/2/49) / When You Speak With Your Eyes * (12/2/49)
February 1950



65. Capitol 78 single #810 & 45 single F810
Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow (10/7/49) / Sugar (9/23/47)
February 1950
Note
Capitol singles #808 to 815 were advertised as a batch of "all-time favorites by Capitol artists… brand new recordings never released before." With the sole exception of "Save your Sorrow for Tomorrow" (1949), all the 16 numbers in the batch were then-rarities dating back to the label's 1945-1947 period.



66. Capitol single #849 & 45 single F849
Sunshine Cake (10/7/49) / Goodbye, John (6/3/49)
March 1950 



67. Capitol 78 single #898 & 45 single F898
Crazy He Calls Me (10/6/49) / Them There Eyes (11/20/47)
Around April 1950



68. Capitol 78 single CL.13305 (UK issue)
Them There Eyes (11/20/47) / She Didn't Say Yes (9/23/46)
Spring 1950
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because its B side ("She Didn't Say Yes) had not previously appeared on an American single. (It had been previously issued as part of a USA 78 album, though. See entry #30 above.) The A side also has a somewhat unusual issue story. Originally a 1948 Peggy Lee album track, "Them There Eyes" made 1950 re-appearances as a single track on both sides of the pond. (See preceding entry.)



69. Capitol 78 single #961 & 45 single F961
Cry, Cry, Cry (3/13/50) / Once Around The Moon (3/13/50)
Late April or early May 1950



70. Capitol 78 single #1105 & 45 single F1105
Show Me The Way To Get Out Of This World (6/16/50) / Happy Music * (6/16/50)
July 1950



71. Capitol 78 single #1161 & 45 single #F1161
Lover, Come Back To Me (6/16/50) / Helpless (3/13/50)
September 1950



72. Capitol 78 single #1244 & 45 single #F1244
Once In A Lifetime (9/14/50) / Life Is So Peculiar (9/13/50)
October 1950



73. Columbia 78 single #39034 & 7" 33-rpm single #1-865
I See A Million People (Peggy Lee vocal, 8/20/41) / [I See A Million People - Cab Calloway vocal]
Late October 1950
Note
These are recordings of the same song by two different bandleaders, one of them being Benny Goodman, with Peggy Lee on vocals. Both sides had been previously available in 1941, on separate Columbia singles. (Lee was under Goodman's hire back then, but a solo act when this reissue was released.) Issued by Columbia not only on 10" 78-rpm disc but also on a then-new, short-lived format, the 33 single. See also entry #58a above.



74. Capitol 78 single #1298 & 45 single F1298
Ay Ay Chug A Chug (9/13/50) / Where Are You? (9/14/50)
December 1950



75. Capitol 78 single CL.13416 (UK issue)
Life Is So Peculiar (9/13/50) / 'Deed I Do (9/23/46)
December 1950
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because its B side (originally a 1948 Peggy Lee album track) never appeared on an American single.





1951


76. Capitol 78 single #1366 & 45 single F1366
Climb Up The Mountain (12/26/50) / The Mill On The Floss (12/26/50)
January 1951



77. Capitol 78 single #1428 & 45 single F1428
Yeah Yeah Yeah (2/8/51) / Rock Me To Sleep (2/8/51)
February 1951



78. Capitol 78 single #1450 & 45 single F1450
The Cannonball Express (6/16/50) / That Ol’ Devil (Won’t Get Me) * (2/8/51)
April 1951 



79. Capitol 78 single #1513 & 45 single F1513
He’s Only Wonderful (4/5/51) / It Never Happen' To Me (4/5/51)
May 1951



80. Capitol 78 single #1544 & 45 single F1544
If You Turn Me Down (Dee-Own, Down, Down) (4/5/51) / Boulevard Café (4/5/51)
Late May 1951



81. Capitol 78 single #1573 & 45 single F1573
(When I Dance With You) I Get Ideas (5/16/51) / Tonight You Belong To Me (5/17/51)
June 1951



82. Capitol 78 single #1586 & 45 single F1586
My Magic Heart (5/16/51) / So Far So Good (5/17/51)
July 1951



83. Capitol 78 single #1601 & 45 single F1601 (1600 All-Time Hits Series)
It's A Good Day * (7/12/46) / Them There Eyes (11/20/47)
Early July or late June 1951
Note
As suggested by the title of the series, both sides had been previously issued on Capitol singles.



84. Capitol 78 single #1602 & 45 single F1602 (1600 All-Time Hits Series)
Why Don't You Do Right (11/19/47) / Mañana * (11/25/47)
Early July or late June 1951
Note
As suggested by the title of the series, the B side had been previously issued on a 1948 Capitol single. The performance on the A side was actually new to single issue, but it had previously been part of a 1948 Peggy Lee album.



85. Capitol 78 single #1609 & 45 single F1609 (1600 All-Time Hits Series)
That Old Feeling (1/7/44) / [Solitude - Capitol Jazzmen instrumental]
Early July or late June 1951
Note
The last three entries (as well as entries #89 and 90 below) were released as part of a Capitol sales strategy involving the reissuing of commercially successful selections. Accordingly, all Lee numbers in the All-Time Hits Series had been previously issued on US singles (or, in the specific cases of "Why Don't You Do Right" and "That Old Feeling," on a 78 album).



86. Capitol 78 single #1738 & 45 single F1738
Don’t Fan The Flame (duet with Mel Tormé; 7/10/51) / Telling Me Yes, Telling Me No (duet with Mel Tormé; 7/10/51)
August 1951



87. Capitol 78 single #1749 & 45 single F1749
Wandering Swallow (5/16/51) / I Love You But I Don’t Like You * (5/16/51)
August 1951



88. Capitol 78 single #1776 & 45 single F1776
While We’re Young (11/27/47) / Birmingham Jail (10/17/46)
September 1951



89. Capitol 78 single #1667 & 45 single F1667 (1600 All-Time Hits Series)
I Don't Know Enough About You * (12/26/45) / I Can't Give You Anything But Love (11/12/47)
October 1951



90. Capitol 78 single #1683 & 45 single F1683 (1600 All-Time Hits Series)
Golden Earrings (9/24/47) / While You're Young (12/27/47)
October or November 1951



91. Capitol 78 single CL.13751 (UK issue)
Bali Ha'i (3/11/49) / I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair (4/18/49)
November 1951 (originally slated for September 1951)
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because its B side never appeared on an American single. However, both sides had already been issued in the USA as part of the 1949 Capitol album Songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific."





1952


General Note
Beginning with our next 45-rpm and 78-rpm disc, Capitol no longer provides a clear clue as to which side of the single should be deemed the lead performance, and which side the B performance. Hence, to make this determination, I generally relied instead on trade ads and press reviews. (As for the upcoming Decca singles, those do have a clear identifying mark on their respective B sides.)



92. Capitol 78 single #1926 & 45 single F1926
Shame On You (12/17/51) / Would You Dance With A Stranger? (12/17/51)
January 1952



93. Capitol 78 single #2025 & 45 single F2025
Goin’ On A Hayride (2/18/52) / Ev'rytime (2/18/52)
March 1952



94. Decca 78 single #28142 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28142
Be Anything (But Be Mine) (4/3/52) / Forgive Me (4/3/52)
Late April 1952



95. Decca 78 single #28215 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28215
Lover (5/1/52) / You Go To My Head (4/3/52)
May 1952



96. Decca 78 single #28238 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28238
Watermelon Weather (duet with Bing Crosby; 5/16/52) / The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night (duet with Bing Crosby; 5/16/52)
June 1952



97. Decca 78 single #28313 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28313
Just One Of Those Things (4/28/52) / (In This World Of Ordinary People) I’m Glad There Is You (4/3/52)
July 1952



98. Decca 78 single #28395 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28395
River, River (7/31/52) / Sans Souci * (7/31/52)
September 1952


99. Decca 78 single #28463 (Personality Series) & 45 single # 9-28463
[Sleigh Ride - Bing Crosby solo vocal] / Little Jack Frost, Get Lost (duet with Bing Crosby; 11/17/52)
November 1952





1953


100a. Decca 78 album A-26 & 45 album 9-375 - Selections from the Paramount Picture "Road to Bali" (Personality Series)
A Various-Artists Set (78 Discs 28513 to 28515; 45 Discs 9-28513 to 9-28515)
Disc 28514 [78]; Disc 9 28514 [45]: [Hoot Moon - Bing Crosby & Bob Hope vocal] / Merry Go Runaround (Peggy Lee in trio with Crosby & Hope; 6/24/52)
Disc 28515 [78]; Disc 9 28515 [45]: [To See You - Bing Crosby vocal] / Moon Flowers (Peggy Lee vocal, 6/20/52)
Early January 1953
Note
This album was also issued as a 10" LP (DL-5444). In music trade magazines, the above-listed discs were reviewed as separate singles. Hence they are re-listed as such immediately below, even if I have not actually seen physical copies of the alleged single incarnations.



100b. Decca 78 single #28514 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28514
[Hoot Moon - Bing Crosby & Bob Hope vocal] / Merry Go Runaround (Peggy Lee in trio with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope; 6/24/52)
Early January 1953



100c. Decca 78 single #28515 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28515
[To See You - Bing Crosby vocal] / Moon Flowers (Peggy Lee vocal, 6/20/52)
Early January 1953



101a. Decca 78 single #28565 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28565
I Hear The Music Now (12/16/52) / This Is A Very Special Day * (12/16/52)
Late January 1953


101b. Decca EP ED 2003 - Selections Featured In The Warner Bros. Motion Picture "The Jazz Singer"
Lover (5/1/52) / Just One Of Those Things (4/28/52) / I Hear The Music Now (12/16/52) / This Is A Very Special Day * (12/16/52)
March 1953
Note
Consists of one 45-rpm disc with two tracks on each side. Part of the label's debut batch of EPs, this item was the 4th in Decca's EP line. All tracks previously issued in other Decca singles.



102. Decca 78 single #28631 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28631
(Sorry Baby) You Let My Love Get Cold (2/18/53) / Who’s Gonna Pay The Check?⋆ (2/18/53)
April 1953



103. Columbia EP B 1636 - Benny Goodman Presents Peggy Lee
All I Need Is You (5/14/42) / We'll Meet Again (3/12/42) / My Old Flame (10/2/41) / Elmer's Tune (8/15/41)
May 1953
Note
A 45-rpm disc with two songs per side. All tracks originally issued on 78-rpm singles in the 1940s.


104a. Columbia EP album G 419 - Benny Goodman Presents Arrangements By Eddie Sauter (Discs 7-1500 to 7-1502)
Tracks featuring Peggy Lee: That's The Way It Goes (side thre; 9/25/41) / Not A Care In The World (side four; 12/10/41)
May 1953
Note
The spring of 1953 found Columbia releasing a series of at least three Benny Goodman Presents albums, two of which qualify for mention in the present inventory. (The third, G-420, was dedicated to Fletcher Henderson' arrangements, and did not feature Lee.) This Sauter item listed herein is a boxed EP set; a A LP counterpart was simultaneously issued.



105. Decca 78 single #28737 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28737
My Heart Belongs To Daddy (5/1/53) / I’ve Got You Under My Skin (4/30/53)
June 1953



106. Decca 78 single #28889 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28889
The Night Holds No Fear For The Lover (9/14/53) / Apples, Peaches And Cherries (9/14/53)
October 1953



107a. Decca 78 single #28890 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28890
Baubles, Bangles And Beads (9/16/53) / Love You So (9/14/53)
Late October 1953



108. Decca 78 single #28939 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-28939
Ring Those Christmas Bells (9/16/53) / It’s Christmas Time Again (9/16/53)
November 1953



107b. Decca EP ED 2117 - Selections From The Musical Production "Kismet"
A Various-Artists Set
Track featuring Peggy Lee: Baubles, Bangles And Beads (9/16/53)
December 1953 or January 1954
Note
Consists of one 45-rpm disc with two tracks per side. All tracks previously issued on singles.





1954


109. Decca 78 single #29003 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29003
Where Can I Go Without You? * (2/13/53) / Go You Where You Go (7/31/52)
January 1954



110. Decca 78 single #29076 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29076
Autumn In Rome (3/1/54) / Johnny Guitar * (3/1/54)
Late March 1954



111. Decca 78 single #29164 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29164
Summer Vacation (2/18/53) / That’s What A Woman Is For (9/16/53)
June 1954



112. Brunswick 78 single #05286 & 45 single #45-05286 (UK issue)
Johnny Guitar * (3/1/54) / I Didn't Know What Time It Was (4/30/53)
July 1954 [78]; October 1954 [45]
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because its B side (originally a 1953 album track) never appeared on an American single.



113a. Decca 78 single #29250 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29250
Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me (5/24/54) / Sisters (5/24/54)
September 1954



113b-114a. Decca 78 album A-956 & EP album ED 819 - Selections from Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"
A Various-Artists Set (78 Discs 29250, 29251, 29290, 29341, 29342; 45 Discs 91463 to 91465)

Disc 29250 [78-rpm]: Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me (5/24/54) / Sisters (5/24/54)
Disc 29342 [78-rpm]: Snow / White Christmas (both group vocals with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Trudy Stevens; 4/10/54)

Disc 91463 [45-rpm]: Sisters (5/24/54) / Snow (group vocal; 4/10/54) / [+ two titles sans Lee]
Disc 91465 [45-rpm]: Love, You Didn’t Do Right By Me (5/24/54) / White Christmas (group vocal; 4/10/54) / [+ one title sans Lee]

October 1954
Note
Consists of 12 tracks, distributed over five discs in the 78 edition, or three discs in the EP edition. Also issued as a LP (DL 8083). All tracks featuring Peggy Lee had been or would be released on singles during the same fall season. In the 78 edition, the titles of only 11 of the songs are printed on the front cover & labels, but all 12 songs are actually heard on the album.



114b. Decca 78 single #29342 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29342
Snow (group vocal with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Trudy Stevens, 4/10/54) / White Christmas (group vocal with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Trudy Stevens; 4/10/54)
November 1954



115. Decca 78 single #29359 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29359
Straight Ahead * (duet with The Mills Brothers; 11/9/54) / It Must Be So * (duet with The Mills Brothers; 11/9/54)
December 1954



116. Decca 78 single #29373 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29373
Let Me Go, Lover (11/18/54) / Bouquet Of Blues (5/26/54)
December 1954



104b. Columbia EP album B 356 - Benny Goodman Presents Arrangements By Eddie Sauter
(Discs 5-1667 to 5-1669)
Tracks featuring Peggy Lee: That's the Way It Goes (9/25/41) / Not a Care in the World (12/10/41)
Exact release date, between 1954 and 1956, unknown
Note
Reissue of a 1953 issue. That original edition was a boxed EP set; this one is a gatefold EP. Both editions consist of three EPs, with two songs per side. A LP counterpart had been simultaneously issued in 1953, and would similarly be reissued within the next three years. The Peggy Lee numbers made their commercially debut in the 1953 editions.





1955


117. Decca 78 single #29427 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29427 [soundtrack versions]
He’s A Tramp * (12/20/54) / The Siamese Cat Song * (12/20/54)
February 1955



118. Decca 78 single #29427 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29427 [Decca versions]
The Siamese Cat Song * (2/11/55) / He’s A Tramp * (2/11/55)
February 1955
Note
Songs from the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp. Curiously, this Decca single exists in two versions (preceding entry, present entry). One version contains 1954 master recordings, the other 1955 masters of the same two songs. The 1954 versions match the audio of the movie soundtrack for which they were originally written. In the case of this single's 1955 versions, side B features an entirely different arrangement, as well as a different vocal approach. Side A boasts one verse excluded from the 1954 Decca version.



119a. Decca 78 single #29429 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29429
I Belong To You (1/19/55) / How Bitter, My Sweet (11/19/54)
February 1955



120. Decca 78 single #29460 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29460
Bella Notte * (12/6/54) / La La Lu * (12/6/54)
March 1955



121. Decca 78 single K 149 & 45 single #1-275 - From Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp (Children's Series)
Disc 88186 [78] & Disc 9-88186 [45]
The Siamese Cat Song * (2/11/55) / La La Lu * (12/6/54)
Around April 1955



122. Decca 45 single #9-38005
Peace On Earth * (12/6/54) / What Is A Baby? * (12/6/54)
Date of release unknown; possibly 1955 , or a bit later
Note
While promo copies of this single do exist, a question mark remains as to whether any commercial pressing was actually issued.



123a. Decca 78 single #29534 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9- 29534
Ooh, That Kiss (2/11/55) / Oh! No! (Please Don’t Go) (2/11/55)
June 1955



124. Decca 78 single #29605 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29605
He Needs Me (5/10/55) / Sing A Rainbow (5/10/55)
July 1955



125. Decca 78 single #29608 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29608
Sugar (5/6/55) / What Can I Say After I Say I’m Sorry? (5/6/55)
July 1955



126. Decca 78 single #29681 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29681
Pablo Pasablo (6/3/55) / Me (6/3/55)
October 1955



127. Brunswick 78 single #05549 (UK issue)
Mr. Magoo Does The Cha Cha Cha * (duet with Jim Backus; 6/3/55) / Three Cheers For Mr. Magoo * (featuring Jim Backus; 6/3/55)
Exact intended date of release unknown; most likely second half of 1955
Note
Having seen only a photo of a promo, I have not been able to determine if this single was commercially issued. Until well into the CD era, the rare promo copies in question were the one and only source where fans could hear both of these numbers.





1956


128a. Decca 78 single #29834 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29834
Mr. Wonderful (1/6/56) / Crazy In The Heart (1/6/56)
February 1956



129. Decca 78 single #29837 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29837
The Come Back (1/6/56) / You’ve Got To See Mamma Every Night (1/6/56)
March 1956



130. Decca 78 single #29877 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29877
(Joey Sings) Joey, Joey, Joey (1/16/56) / They Can’t Take That Away From Me (1/16/56)
April 1956



131. Brunswick EP OE 9282 - Presenting Peggy Lee (UK issue)
River, River (7/31/52) / Sans Souci * (7/31/52) / Lover (5/1/52) / Just One Of Those Things (4/28/52)
Probably June 1956
Note
All tracks previously issued on singles in both the US and the UK. Pressed again in the UK in 1957 and 1958. (Additionally, Decca issued Presenting Peggy Lee at least twice in Scandinavia, with catalogue number BME 9344 on both occasions but featuring a different set of tracks on one of the two instances.)



132. Decca 78 single #29994 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-29994
We Laughed At Love (6/8/56) / That’s Alright, Honey (6/8/56)
July 1956



133. Decca 78 single #30059 (Personality Series) & 45 single #9-30059
You Oughtta Be Mine (6/8/56) / I Don’t Know Enough About You* (1/6/56)
October 1956



119b/123b. Decca EP ED 2401 - The Feminine Touch ("Music For The Boy Friend" Series)
How Bitter, My Sweet (11/19/54) / Ooh, That Kiss (2/11/55) / [two Pat Kirby vocals]
October 1956
Note
There were three EPs in the Music for the Boy Friend series (ED 2401, ED 2402, ED 2403), each one featuring four tracks by two female vocalists (Gloria De Haven, Joanne Gilbert, Kirby, Lee, Carmen McRae, Jeri Southern). Decca also gathered the total dozen oof tracks on a LP (DL 8316) bearing the same title. Both Lee vocals had been previously issued by Decca on singles.





1957


134. Decca 45 single #9-30117
Where Flamingos Fly (6/8/56) / The Gypsy With Fire In His Shoes* (5/26/54)
January 1957



135. Capitol 78 single #3722 & 45 single F3722
Baby, Baby, Wait For Me (4/22/57) / Every Night (4/13/57)
May 1957



136. Capitol 45 single F3811
Listen To The Rockin’ Bird (8/30/57) / Uninvited Dream (8/30/57)
October 1957



128b. Brunswick EP OE 9340 - Hit Parade (UK issue)
A Various-Artists Set
Track featuring Peggy Lee: Mr. Wonderful (1/6/56)
November 1957
Note
This EP contains four tracks, each one by a different artist, and all of them previously issued on singles in both the US and UK.



137. Columbia EP ZTEP 26661/26662- Dream With .... (Mr. Powermite Presents Series)
A Various-Artists Set
Track featuring Peggy Lee: Where Or When (12/24/41)
1957 or 1958
Note
On its back cover, this EP's interpretation of "Isn't It Romantic" is misattributed to Goodman and Lee. It is instead a Paul Weston instrumental version. Conversely, the liner annotator wrongly attributes "Where or When" to Weston. On its front cover, the EP identifies itself as a Columbia Extended Play. It indeed contains four Columbia masters. This is not, however, a commercial release but a custom-made item, commissioned by General Electric for use in the then-ongoing promotion of its Powermite camera flash bulb. There were at least four EPs in the Mr. Powermite Presents series, all created and manufactured by Columbia, and none bearing catalogue numbers. The only numerical identification on them belongs to each side of the disc (26661 and 26662, in our specific case).





1958


138a. Columbia EP B 2556 - The Benny Goodman Sextet With Peggy Lee (Columbia Hall Of Fame Series)
On The Sunny Side Of The Street (12/24/41) / Where Or When (12/24/41) / Blues In The Night (12/24/41) / The Way You Look Tonight (3/10/42)
Early 1958
Note
All tracks previously issued on 1942 singles.



138b. Philips EP B 2556 - Peggy With Benny (UK issue)
On The Sunny Side Of The Street (12/24/41) / Where Or When (12/24/41) / Blues In The Night (12/24/41) / The Way You Look Tonight (3/10/42)
1958
Note
British edition of the EP that was issued in the US as part of the "Columbia Hall of Fame" series. For the UK market, the title shifted from prioritizing Goodman to prioritizing Lee. Ditto for the artwork: while Goodman alone is featured on the American cover, Lee alone is the one featured in this British version.



139. Columbia EP B 2587 - Benny Goodman (Columbia Hall Of Fame Series)
Track featuring Peggy Lee: Why Don't You Do Right (7/27/42)
1958
Note
The take of "Why Don't You Do Right" on this EP is not the commonly heard master but a less frequently released alternate. Based on online reports that remain uncorroborated, the above-assigned year of release (1958) should be considered tentative. (As is typically the case for EPs, this one dears no dating.)



140. Capitol 78 single #3998 & 45 single F3998
Fever (5/19/58) / You Don’t Know (5/25/58)
June 1958



141. Decca 45 single #9-30494
Never Mind (6/8/56) / Wrong, Wrong, Wrong (6/8/56)
June 1958



142. Capitol 45 single F4071
Light Of Love (9/14/58) / Sweetheart (9/14/58)
October 1958



143. Capitol EP EAP 1 1052 - Fever
Fever (5/19/58) / You Don’t Know (5/25/58) / Listen To The Rockin’ Bird (8/30/57) / Baby, Baby, Wait For Me (4/22/57)
Around November 1958
Note
All tracks previously issued on singles.





1959


144. Capitol 45 single F4115
Alright, Okay, You Win (5/25/58) / My Man (10/17/58)
January 1959



145. Capitol EP EAP 1 1213 - Alright, Okay, You Win
Alright, Okay, You Win (5/25/58) / Light Of Love (9/14/58) / My Man (10/17/58) / Sweetheart (9/14/58)
Around March 1959
Note
All tracks previously issued on singles.



146. Capitol EP SEP 1 1232 - Fever
Fever (5/19/58) / My Man (10/17/58) / Alright, Okay, You Win (5/25/58) / I Like Men! * (10/19/58)
April 1959
Note
One of the four EPs with which Capitol inaugurated its stereo EP series. (The others three were by male acts.) All tracks previously issued on singles except for the last one, which was taken from a concurrent 1959 album.



147. Capitol 45 single F4189 & S4189
Hallelujah, I Love Him So (3/28/59) / I’m Looking Out The Window (3/28/59)
April 1959
Note
This was one of the six singles with which Capitol made its debut on the stereo 45-single market. (Peggy Lee was the only female solo act chosen for this Capitolian batch of debut singles.) Issued in both mono and stereo. The stereo disc can be distinguished from the mono because of its red label -- and also because, it identifies itself as such. The mono bears Capitol's more typical purple coloring on its label and -- being a "status quo" release -- does not provide an identification of its sound reproduction type.



148. Decca 45 single #9-30879
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (1/6/56) / It Ain’t Necessarily So (4/3/56)
April 1959



149. Capitol 45 single F4243
You Came A Long Way From St. Louis (shortly after 5/29/59) / I Lost My Sugar In Salt Lake City (shortly after 5/29/59)
Mid-June 1959



150. Capitol 45 single #4298
You Deserve (3/28/59) / Where Do I Go From Here? (10/10/59)
October 1959



151. Capitol 45 single #4311
The Tree* (10/10/59) / The Christmas List* (10/10/59)
November 1959



152. Capitol 45 single 45-CL 15103 (UK issue)
You Deserve (3/28/59) / Things Are Swingin' * (5/19/58)
Around December 1959
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because the second number (originally a 1958 album track) never appeared on an American single.



153. Brunswick EP OE 9467 - Bing Sings No. 2, by Bing Crosby (UK issue)
Track featuring Peggy Lee: The Possibility's There (duet with Bing Crosby, 11/22/55)
1959
Note
Earliest release of this rare Decca duet, which was not issued in the US until the CD era. The other three tracks in this EP are Crosby solos.





1960


154. Capitol 45 single #4349
Heart (8/13/59) / C’est Magnifique (8/12/59)
March 1960



155. Capitol 45 single #4449
I’m Gonna Go Fishin’* (7/26/60) / My Gentle Young Johnny (9/1/60)
October 1960



156. Capitol 45 single #4474 - Merry Christmas From Peggy Lee
I Like A Sleighride (Jingle Bells) (6/19/60) / Christmas Carousel* (6/15/60)
November 1960



157. Capitol 45 single #4498
Bucket Of Tears (7/26/60) / I Love Being Here With You* (9/1/60)
December 1960



158a. Capitol 33 single KB-2820 & K-2821
Side #2820: Toys For Tots (Peggy Lee vocal, 8/19/60) / [Side #2821: Toys For Tots - Nat King Cole vocal]
Availability date: late 1960
Note
Unlike most of the other singles listed herein, item #158a was not sold in commercial stores. Cole and Lee were among a handful of Capitol vocalists who recorded this promotional spot in support of the Marine Reserve charity campaign Toys For Tots, which distributes toys to children in need. Listed below as well are three additional issues of the same Lee spot, all of them dating from later years (ca. 1963, 1965, ca. 1975).





1961


159. Capitol EP MA 1 1591 - Peggy Lee (33 Compact Double Series)
Mañana * (11/25/47) / Golden Earrings (9/24/47) / Fever (5/19/58) / Alright, Okay, You Win (5/25/58)
February 1961
Note
7-inch disc running at 33 instead of 45 rpm. All tracks previously issued on 45-rpm and/or 78-rpm singles.



160. Capitol 45 single 45-CL 15184 (UK issue)
Till There Was You (8/12/59) / Bucket Of Tears (7/26/60)
February 1961
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because the first listed number (originally a track from a 1960 album) never appeared on an American single.



161. Capitol EP EAP1 20074 - Peggy Lee Favourites (UK issue)
Don't Smoke In Bed (12/2/47) / Mañana * (11/25/47) / Life Is So Peculiar (9/13/50) / 'Deed I Do (11/19/47)
March 1961
Note
All tracks previously issued on singles in the UK. (In the US, the first three tracks had been issued on singles, but not the fourth. " 'Deed I Do" was a Lee album cut.)



162. Capitol 45 single #4576
Yes Indeed! (2/9/61) / Boston Beans* (4/15/61)
May 1961



163. Capitol 45 single 45-CL 15214 (UK issue)
The Folks Who Live On The Hill (4/4/57) / Mañana* (11/25/47)
May 1961
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because the first listed number (originally a 1957 album track) never appeared on an American single.



164. Capitol 45 single #4610
Hey! Look Me Over (5/19/61) / When He Makes Music (9/1/60)
August 1961



165. Capitol 45 single #6013 ("Star★Line" Series)
Mañana⋆ (11/25/47) / Golden Earrings (9/24/47)
December 1961
Note
Both numbers previously issued on singles. It is also worth noting that this single was re-released around 1971. (Listed down below, the re-release does not identify itself as being part of the Star★Line series.) See next entry, too.



166. Capitol 45 single #6014 ("Star★Line" Series)
Fever (5/19/58) / Alright, Okay, You Win (5/25/58)
December 1961
Note
Previously circumscribed to LPs, Capitol's Star Line series entered the singles market with the simultaneous release of 25 singles containing previously issued, best-selling numbers. This one (#6014) went on to enjoy a rich history, as it was reissued by Capitol at least seven times from the 1960s to the 1980s — with a different label design each time — and also licensed to the Collectables label in the 1990s.





1962


167. Capitol 45 single #4750
The Sweetest Sounds (4/4/62) / Loads Of Love (3/28/62)
April 1962



168. Capitol 45 single #4812
Tell All The World About You (3/31/62) / Amazing (4/2/62)
August 1962



169. Capitol 45 single #4888
I’m A Woman (11/14/62) / Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) (3/31/62)
December 1962





1963


170. Capitol 45 single #45-CL 15289 (UK issue)
I Believe In You (3/28/62) / The Best Is Yet To Come (3/31/62)
February 1963
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because its two tracks (both stemming from a 1962 album) never appeared on an American single.



171. Capitol 45 single #4942
The Alley Cat Song (1/4/63) / Little Boat (2/6/63)
March 1963



172. Capitol 45 single #5001
Got That Magic* (5/29/63) / A Doodlin’ Song (5/29/63)
July 1963



158b. Capitol 45 single PRO. 1940 & PRO. 1941
Side #1940: Toys For Tots (Peggy Lee vocal, 8/19/60) / [Side #1941: Toys For Tots - Vic Damone vocal]
Availability Date: between 1961 and 1963; exact year unknown





1964


173. Decca 45 single #25623
You've Got To See Mamma Every Night (1/6/56) / Black Coffee (5/4/53)
January 1964
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because the number listed second (originally a 1953 album track) never appeared on an American single.



174. Capitol 45 single #5121
A Lot Of Livin’ To Do (10/30/63) / I Can’t Stop Loving You (12/7/63)
February 1964



175. Capitol 45 single CL 15342 (UK issue)
Once (Ils S'aimaient) (11/2/63) / I've Got Your Number (10/30/63)
April 1964.
Note
This 1964 British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because its two numbers (both taken from a concurrent 1964 album) never appeared on an American single.



176. Capitol 45 single #5241
In The Name Of Love (6/26/64) / My Sin (6/26/64)
August 1964



177. Capitol 45 single #5289
After You’ve Gone (6/26/64) / Talk To Me Baby (7/1/64)
October 1964



178. Capitol 45 single #5346
Pass Me By (12/9/64) / That’s What It Takes* (12/9/64)
December 1964





1965


179. Capitol 45 single #5404
Sneakin’ Up On You (2/18/65) / Bewitched (2/7/65)
April 1965



180. Capitol 45 single #5469
The Shadow Of Your Smile (6/18/65) / Maybe This Summer (6/18/65)
July 1965



181. Capitol 45 single #5488
I Go To Sleep (7/7/65) / Stop Living In The Past (6/18/65)
August 1965



182. Capitol 45 single #5521
Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong (9/21/65) / Free Spirits (7/7/65)
October 1965



183. Capitol 45 single #5557
Big Spender (10/27/65) / Trapped (In The Web Of Love) (9/21/65)
December 1965



184. Capitol Record Club 33 single A148 - "Mystery Star Contest" Record
A Various-Artists Set
Track featuring Peggy Lee: Fever (5/19/58)
1965
Note
This is a one-sided, six-minute-long, 7.5-inch disc containing snippets from 20 well-known Capitol hit numbers, including Lee's version of "Fever." The physical label of the disc does not identify the songs heard on the snippets, nor the artists interpreting them. Put together by Capitol's Record Club division, it is a self-promotional disc, promising a "surprise gift" to listeners who identified at least six of the performing artists. The so-called gift might have been a subscription to the club.



158c. Capitol 33 single TB-2497 & TB-2498
[Side #2497: Toys For Tots - Nancy Wilson vocal] / Side #2498: Toys For Tots (Peggy Lee vocal; 8/19/60)
Date made available: possibly late 1965





1966


185. Capitol 45 single #5605
That Man * (2/1/66) / You Don’t Know (2/1/66)
March 1966



186. Capitol 45 single #5653
You’ve Got Possibilities (2/1/66) / Come Back To Me (10/27/65)
May 1966



187. Capitol 45 single #5678
Happy Feet * (5/21/66) / (Stay With Me) Stay With Me * (5/21/66)
June 1966



188. Capitol 45 single #5758
Walking Happy (9/13/66) / So What’s New * (9/13/66)
October 1966





1967


189. Capitol 45 single #45-CL 15298 (UK issue)
So What's New * (9/13/66) / I Believe In You (3/28/62)
March 1967
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because its second number (originally a 1962 Lee album track) was never issued on a US single. It had been previously issued on a 1963 UK single, though.



190. Capitol 45 single #5988
I Feel It (6/6/67) / The Lonesome Road (6/6/67)
September 1967



191. Capitol EP PRO 4470/ PRO 4471 - The Compleat (?) Little Drummer Boy
A Various-Artists Set
Track featuring Peggy Lee: The Little Dummer Boy (7/9/65)
December 1967 or January 1968
Note
Not sold in stores, this curious EP was a promotional item sent out to radio stations. A collectible, it has a picture sleeve. One of its sides compiles excerpts from versions of the tune "The Little Drummer Boy," as interpreted by seven Capitol acts. The other side offers full versions of three other perennial holiday songs, as recorded by three notable vocalists.





1968


192. Capitol 45 single #2171
Reason To Believe (3/18/68) / Didn’t Want To Have To Do It (3/18/68)
May 1968



193. Capitol 45 single #2308
It’ll Never Happen Again (3/21/68) / Misty Roses (3/22/68)
October 1968






1969


194. Capitol 45 single #2477
Spinning Wheel (1/31/69) / Lean On Me * (2/15/69)
April 1969
Note
Beginning with this release, US Peggy Lee singles regularly identify themselves as being in stereo. (Up to mid-1968, Capitol singles released in the US market had been primarily monophonic -- and the same had been true for the other US labels, roughly speaking. Hence, pre-1968 Capitol singles rarely ever stated its type of sound reproduction, as they were assumed to be in mono by default. And when they did, it was usually to identify themselves as stereo exceptions. See also entry #147 above.)



195a. Capitol 45 single #2602 [primary version]
Is That All There Is? (1/24/69) / Me And My Shadow (2/4/69)
August 1969
Note
Official edition of this single, which Capitol oddly issued in two versions. See next entry, and also entry #199.



195b. Capitol 45 single #2602 [alternate version]
Is That All There Is? (1/24/69) / I'm A Woman (11/14/62)
Exact date, falling between 1969 and 1972, unknown



196. Capitol 45 single #2696
Whistle For Happiness (10/15/69) / Something (4/5/69)
December 1969





1970


197. Capitol 45 single #2721
Love Story (10/14/69) / My Old Flame (2/28/69)
January 1970



198. Capitol 45 single #6131 ("Star★Line" Series)
Lean On Me (2/15/69) / Mohair Sam (7/18/66)
January 1970



199. Capitol 45 single #6161 ("Star★Line" Series)
Is That All There Is? (1/24/69) / Spinning Wheel (1/31/69)
January 1970
Note
Reissued and reprinted numerous times during the 1970s and 1980s, with different label designs.



200. Capitol 45 single #2817
You’ll Remember Me (2/20/70) / Have You Seen My Baby? (2/17/70)
April 1970



201. Capitol 45 single #2910
One More Ride On The Merry-Go-Round (7/21/70) / Pieces Of Dreams (6/1/70)
September 1970





1971


202. Capitol 45 single #3113
Where Did They Go? (4/6/71) / All I Want (4/6/71)
May 1971





1972


203. Capitol 45 single #6191 ("Star★Line" Series)
Is That All There Is? (1/24/69) / I'm A Woman (11/14/62)
July 1972
Note
This pairing had been formerly issued by Capitol in its regular series, with catalogue number 2602; see August 1969 entry above.



204. Capitol 45 single #3439
Love Song (4/24/72) / Someone Who Cares (4/24/72)
September 1972





1973


205. GoldMor 45 single GM-00009
Why Don't You Do Right (7/27/42) / [Flying Home - Benny Goodman instrumental]
Around April 1974
Note
Licensed from Columbia Records, and primarily intended for jukeboxes. Both sides previously issued on Columbia singles.





1974


206. Atlantic 45 single 45-3215
Let’s Love (ca. 6/3/74) / Always (4/74)
October 1974
Note
"Let's Love" was Peggy Lee's 70th nationwide chart hit in the United States. It was also Lee's last song to chart during her lifetime. (At least two others have charted posthumously.) Both numbers were album tracks, too. Collectors might also be interested to know that, in France, the counterpart single released by Atlantic (#10545) combined "Let's Love" with a different album track, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" * (4/74).



207. Buena Vista 45 single BV 2 (UK issue)
He's A Tramp * (12/20/54) / [Home Sweet Home - The Mellomen (aka The Pound Hounds) vocal]
October 1974
Note
Lee's vocal was originally issued on a 1954 Decca single. Buena Vista was a branch of Disney.





1975


158d. Capitol 33 single WB-2319 & TB-2498
[Side #2319: Toys For Tots - Buck Owens vocal] / Side 2498: Toys For Tots (Peggy Lee, 8/19/60)
Possibly around 1975



208. A&M 45 single 1771-S
Some Cats Know (5/30/75) / I Remember (ca. 6/2/75)
Between October 1975 and February 1976
Note
Both numbers were also issued as album tracks.





1976


209. A&M 45 single AMS-7225 (UK issue)
I've Got Them Feelin' Too-Good-Today Blues (8/1/75) / A Little White Ship (8/1/75)
April 1976
Note
Both sides are album tracks. Neither side issued on a single in the US.



210. Columbia 45 single #13-33305 (Hall of Fame Series)
Why Don't You Do Right (7/27/42) / I Got It Bad (10/2/41)
1976
Note
Both sides previously issued by Columbia in the early 1940s, on separate singles. This particular item (#13-33305) was actually released by Columbia in two incarnations, one identifying itself as belonging to the Hall of Fame series, the other with no such identification.





1977


211. Polydor 45 single 2058-865 (UK issue)
Lover (ca. 3/7/77) / I’m Not In Love (ca. 3/7//77)
April 1977
Note
Neither side issued in a US single. Both sides also issued as part of an original Polydor Lee album.





THE 1980s


212. MCA 45 single #782 (UK issue)
I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard (2/7/55) / Black Coffee (5/4/53)
June 1982
Note
This British item has qualified for inclusion in our overview because the first listed number (originally a 1958 album track) never appeared on an American single. Though never on US single either, the second number listed (originally a 1953 album track) had been previously issued on a 1964 UK single.



213. Capitol 45 single G45 38 (Golden 45's Series) (UK issue)
Fever (5/19/58) / I'm A Woman (11/14/62)
February 1985
Note
Both songs previously issued on singles. This particular song pairing would be re-used in the UK again in 1992; see below.



214. Old Gold 45 single OG 9720 (UK issue)
[Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra, vocal by Marie Adams & The Three Tons of Joy] / Fever (Peggy Lee vocal, 5/1958)
April 1987
Note
Licensed from Capitol (EMI) Records.



215. Capitol 45 single #9042 LS-57047 - A Ringside Souvenir From Miss Peggy Lee And The Ballroom
Fever (5/19/58) / Is That All There Is? (1/24/69)
Around August 1989
Note
A special single, commissioned to be sold at the Ballroom nightclub in New York during Peggy Lee's concert engagements. Both songs previously issued on Capitol singles.





THE 1990s


216. MusicMasters cassette single #5500 4 CS - Everybody Needs a Santa Claus
Everybody Needs A Santa Claus (Peggy Lee vocal, featuring Dom DeLuise; winter 1989 or spring 1990) / We Be Friends (winter 1989 or spring 1990)
1990



217. Capitol 45 single #7243 8 80202 7 5 (Peg 1) - Fever, The Original Hit Single By Peggy Lee (UK issue)
Fever (5/19/58) / I'm A Woman (11/14/62)
August 1992
Note
This single was produced in response to enthusiastic reaction to Lee's record version of "Fever" from TV watchers, who were freshly hearing it on a 1992 European TV commercial for Impulse's Free Spirit body spray. In at least one European country (the Netherlands), this British single was expanded and released as a CD single — possibly as a cassingle, too. The expansion consisted of two more vocals by Lee ("The Folks Who Live on the Hill" and "Pass Me By").



218. Park CD single PRKCD 15, by Gilbert O'Sullivan - Can't Think Straight
Track featuring Peggy Lee: Can't Think Straight (duet with Gilbert O'Sullivan, ca. 9/1/92)
Late 1992
Note
Includes three other tracks, all of them O'Sullivan solos.



219. Collectables 45 single Col 6074
Fever (5/19/58) / Alright, Okay, You Win (5/25/58)
1993
Note
Licensed reissue of a 1961 single (#6014) from Capitol's St★r Line series.



220. Collectables 45 single Col 6075
Is That All There Is? (1/24/69) / I'm A Woman (11/14/62)
1993
Note
Licensed reissue of a 1972 single (#6191) from Capitol's St★r Line series.



221. Capitol 45 single S7 19343
Happy Holiday (7/9/65) / [Auld Lang Syne - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians instrumental]
1996
Note
Produced by EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets, and meant primarily for jukeboxes.





THE 2000s


222. Capitol CD single70876 17990 2 6 - Fever Single Remix
Fever (5/19/58) / Fever (Gabin Remix Album Edit) / Fever (Gabin Remix Long Version)
2003
Note
Contains Peggy Lee's 1958 recording of "Fever" in its original mix along with two modern-day remixes by the Italian duo Gabin. In the remixes, Lee's original vocal of "Fever" is set to electronic beats and house music atmosphere. (The singer had no direct involvement in the making of these remixes. They were made, however, with EMI's consent, and are now part of her Capitol catalogue, currently owned by the Universal Music Group.)





GALLERY D


Geographically circumscribed to the nations where Peggy Lee did all her recording activity, our inventory has concentrated on American and British singles. Hence I have given only passing mention to other nations' singles (which, with a few exceptions, feature selections already issued in the US and UK). To make amends, I would like to conclude this discographical overview by featuring a selection of picture sleeves from mostly non-English speaking nations. The following images belong to singles variously originating in Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and the Netherlands. (Further details upon request. Samples from one or two other countries, such as Brazil, could still be added.)










A "MOLTO INTERNATIONAL" NOTE



Also as a way to make amends for our deliberate omission of foreign singles, I would like to grant final space to the discussion of one of these releases from abroad. An intherently international one.

In January 2002, Capitol pressed a promotional single for the Japanese market. That Capitol CD single (catalogue number unclear to me at the present time; possibly PCDBZ 1157) contains only one song, recorded by Peggy Lee on July 6, 1964.

The song in question has an international background. Written by Italian singer-songwriter Gino Paoli for his lover, singer Ornella Vanoni, the romantic tune made its commercial debut in the form of 1961 versions by both Paoli and Vanoni.

English lyrics were subsequently commissioned from Alec Wilder, who is said to have consulted and received uncredited input from Hoagy Carmichael. Reprise Records promptly had Italian-American Dean Martin record Wilder's English lyric, releasing it to the Italian market on a 1963 single.

Beginning with Peggy Lee in 1964, other singers with an international draw followed in the footsteps of Paoli, Vanoni, and Martin. Lee's rendition had actually been conceived as a track for her album In the Name of Love. However, Capitol picked it in 1965 for additional release on an Italian single (45QCL 176), backed with another strategically chosen album track, "When in Rome (I Do as the Romans Do)."

Besides being favored by vocalists such as Lee and instrumentalists such as her erstwhile musical accompanist, pianist Joe Harnell (1963 version), the ballad has repeatedly served extra duty as a movie theme, starting with the American drama The Flight of the Phoenix (1965, Connie Francis version). Within this century, it has been heard at the beginning of the American horror flick Ghost Ship (2002, Monica Mancini version, sung in Italian) and at the closure of the French romantic comedy Va Savoir (2001, Peggy Lee version, sung in English).

The name of this alluring, enduringly cosmopolitan song? It is "Senza Fine" ("Never-ending") — and so also is, and may forever and always be, the allure of Peggy Lee's artistry.



An Autobiography
MISS PEGGY LEE


Part of a much larger project, this page is essentially an addendum to the latest book edition of Miss Peggy Lee: An Autobiography, published by Peggy Lee Associates LLC in May of 2022. Included in that 2022 edition is not only Lee's own autobiographical narrative but also supplementary documentation of interest to her fans, such as a four-part discography. The main part of the discography lists all the masters recorded by the singer. Another part offers recommendations to prospective Lee listeners. Both of those parts are to be found in the book itself, as expected. Such is not the case, however, for parts three and four. Those are instead freely available as online pages, one of them being the page currently in view. To see the other one (an inventory of Lee's American albums), click here.