Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. She was famous for her "soft and cool" singing style, which she is thought to have developed in response to noisy nightclub audiences.
Lee was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota. After her mother died, her father remarried and her stepmother was very cruel to her. So she left home, and in 1941, she joined Benny Goodman's band - then at the height of its popularity - and for over two years toured the United States with it. In early 1942, Lee had her first # 1 hit, "Somebody Else Is Taking My Place," followed by 1943's "Why Don't You Do Right?," which sold over a million copies and made her famous. She sang with Goodman in two 1943 films, "Stage Door Canteen" and "The Powers Girl." In March 1943, Lee married Dave Barbour, the guitarist in Goodman's band.
In 1944, Lee began to record for Capitol Records, for whom she produced a long string of hits, many of them with lyrics and music by Lee and Barbour, including "I Don't Know Enough About You," "It's a Good Day" (194...
|date of birth||May 26, 1920|
|place of birth||Jamestown, North Dakota|
|date of death||January 21, 2002|
|place of death||Los Angeles, California|