The Unquenchable Fire: Peggy Lee


His magnificent talent should be reviewed by all vocalists; her majestic presence is pure grace and charm.

Frank Sinatra, 1994

Peggy Lee, whose real name is Norma Deloris Egstrom, was born on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota, as the sixth of seven children. The events she experienced after losing her mother dragged her into a difficult life. Music for him was an escape from the bad pains of childhood.

He entered music life with small steps. He started broadcasting for the radio in 1937. At the suggestion of the programming director, he took the pseudonym 'Peggy Lee'. His voice, his own style attracted much attention. In 1941 he was hired as a vocalist in the Benny Goodman Orchestra. He started to develop his style. 'Winter Weather', 'I Got It Bad' recordings were liked. 'Why Don't You Do Right?' She took a break from music for a while and married the band's guitarist Dave Barbaour.

Wanting to continue his solo career, Lee worked with companies such as Capitol Records and Decca Records for many years. He appeared on the radio and in concerts for a long time. He recorded 50 original albums. “Fever,” “Why Don't You Do Right?,” “I'm A Woman” and “Is That All There Is?”, “I Got It Bad” (1941) were among the hits. 

Peggy Lee has 13 Grammy nominations, a Grammy win in 1969 and a 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in 1995.

Peggy Lee, who was admired for her acting along with her music career, The Jazz Singer (1952), Pete Kelly'blues She received Best Supporting Actress, Academy Award nominations, and Most Viewers Award by acting in films such as (1955).

He continued his concerts and writing until 1995. Miss Peggy Lee His autobiography was published. He passed away on January 21, 2002.

Its main feature was a wonderful sense of delicacy. It would never overwhelm you with its intensity. You could hear his voice after stopping.

Nat Hentoff

Unquenchable Fire, Johnny Davenport and Ed Cooley FeverPeggy Lee brought a new style to jazz music that nobody expected. When recording the song in 1958, he added drums, bass and finger-snaps to feel the main spirit of the music. We saw how much he cared about his jazz music intelligence and spirit, and put himself into music. FeverAlong with those who said that the rhythm of 's words had a seductive effect, it was also the case with artists who made albums many times. Peggy Lee, one of the most natural voices of jazz music, 'fever' It remained a hit for weeks.

The most important thing we see in most of the female vocalists in jazz is that they choose to be brave for each of their music that they can produce with difficulty 'as a woman'. We are fascinated by the fact that they can access music mostly in the face of social pressure and inequality, do you think it would be nice if it wasn't so difficult?

Would we still be listening to him right now if he hadn't chosen to be brave? Peggy Lee was an artist who took the first place when we said female vocals, filled the stage and attracted attention with her natural voice. We continue to sing and listen to her songs today, and I think her influence on us will continue for many years to come.

And finally Fever, is not just music produced with bass and snaps; A music sung with a pure soul, with a poise, which will always rise from its ashes.

Many women who did not put out Peggy Lee's fire and shared her courage.


  • Miss Peggy Lee, 1989
  • Is That All There Is?, by James Gavin
  • Peggy Lee: A Century of Song, Tish Oney
  • Fever:The Life and Music Miss Peggy Lee, Peter Richmond



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