PETULACLARK.NET EXTENDS A LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF MISS PEGGY LEE ON THE CENTENNIAL OF HER BIRTH, MAY 26, 1920 IN JAMESTOWN, NORTH DAKOTA
Peggy was a pioneering female singer-songwriter and a strong influence on many girl singers who followed. Petula was always a great admirer and was extremely thrilled when Peggy appeared as a guest on her 1970 television special "Petula," where the two ladies teamed up for a joyful duet of "I'm A Woman" paired with "Wedding Bell Blues" followed by a rousing Vietnam-era rendition of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home."
Over the years, Petula also recorded a few songs associated with Peggy as a way to honor her idol, including the jazz standard "Black Coffee" in 1967, Lee's sizzling signature song "Fever" in 2016 and a wistful recitation of Peggy's holiday composition "Christmas Lullaby" in 2009.
Additionally, Petula participated in a pair of all-star tributes to Peggy at Carnegie Hall in 2003 and The Hollywood Bowl in 2004 where she performed two more original Peggy songs, the bouncy "Things Are Swingin'" and a poignant "Circle In The Sky." Then, in 2018, she was thrilled to perform Quincy Jones' original 1961 orchestration for Peggy of "Goin' To Chicago Blues" at the Montreux Jazz Festival to celebrate Quincy's 75th Birthday.
To quote Petula, "Peggy Lee was divine. I adored her."