Peggy Lee's Bio-Discography:
The Polydor Contract (1977)
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

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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 partnership include professionally recorded rehearsals and another taped concert. (Polydor bore no claim to such material. At the time of this writing, 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. See also material dated March 1977 in this discography's Rehearsals page.


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   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
b. Master Take (Polydor) Here, Now - 3:16(Dan Kimpel, Marc Allen Trujillo) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
c. Master Take (Polydor) I Go To Rio - 2:42(Peter Allen) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
d. Master Take (Polydor) I'm Not In Love - 4:42(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   (1993)
e. Master Take (Polydor) Star Sounds - 3:30(Johnny Mercer) / arr: Peter Moore
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever   (1993)
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   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY 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   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY 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   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
i. Master Take (Polydor) Courage, Madam - 4:15(Peggy Lee, Pete Moore) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
j. Master Take (Polydor) Switchin' Channels - 3:15(Pete Moore, Ken Barnes) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
k. Master Take (Polydor) Just For Tonight - 3:20(Jen Jessel, Raymond Jessel) / arr: Peter Moore
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY 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   (1993)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY 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.


Issues / 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.


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: 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)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" TranscriptionP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   
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)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" TranscriptionP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   
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" TranscriptionP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   
i. 2-53699Mastered For Polydor Fever - 2:25(Otis Blackwell aka John Davenport, Eddie Cooley, Uncredited Second Lyricist)
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   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" TranscriptionP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   
j. 2-53700Mastered For Polydor Why Don't You Do Right? - 1:15(Joe McCoy)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" TranscriptionP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   
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)
Spectrum/Karussell Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) 550 088 4/2 [re-pressed 1998] — You Give Me Fever   (1993)
DECCA©Universal ; Polydor©Universal CD(United Kingdom) 02498 49051 — Peggy Lee ("The Silver Collection" Spectrum Series)   (2007)
Armed Forces Radio Service 12" TranscriptionP 17505 - P 17506 — Basic Music Library [6 songs from LP Live In London; songs from LP Jo + Broadway, by Jo Stafford)   
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   (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   (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   (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 / Super 2383 448 — Live In London   (1977)
UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)
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.)


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.)


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.


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) is on Polydor but follows the same track listing as the Mercury version.

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.


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.


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), Peggy Lee (v, bkv), Other Individuals Unknown (unk)

a. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Star Sounds - 3:27(Johnny Mercer)
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(United Kingdom) 30360 01222 — THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)
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. Mastered By Lee-Barnes Here, Now - 2:50(Dan Kimpel, Marc Allen Trujillo)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
d. Mastered By Lee-Barnes I'm Not In Love - 4:41(Graham Keith Gouldman, Eric Michael Stewart)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(United Kingdom) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
All titles on: UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)



A Re-recordings Session

This March 18, 1977 was reserved for the re-recording of various numbers from the studio album Peggy. Nevertheless, the original recordings from early March were ultimately kept for the 1977 album release, and as a result these four re-recordings remained unissued until the CD era.


Masters And Issues

1. "I'm Not In Love"
2. "Star Sounds"
3. Live In London [CD]
These versions differ from the ones recorded earlier in March in their exclusion of synthesizer. According to producer Ken Barnes, the original intention was to record the numbers as they are heard in this date -- i.e., without a synthesizer. "There was a synthesizer in the studio," explained Barnes, "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 agreed with Barnes and Pete Moore: the instrument should be removed. Hence the re-recording of both numbers. "Unfortunately," Barnes further explained, "Polydor had already rushed the masters into production for an early release." The 2015 release of the boxed set Live In London finally provided Barnes with the opportunity to make the replacements that he, Moore (and, eventually, Lee) had desired. Those who prefer the versions with synthesizer (as I do, at least in the case of "Star Sounds") have the option of listening to them in the original Polydor studio LP and on the 1993 CD You Give me Fever. (See session entry dated March 7 to 9, 1977, above.)

3. "Misty"
4. "Here, Now"
The main goal for these two re-recordings was the addition of instrumentation. "Misty" has an extended instrumental section, and "Here, Now" adds Duncan Lamont's tenor sax. The reason why both re-recordings were originally left unreleased is the same one given for items #1 and #2 above.


Personnel

1. Background Vocals
2. "Here, Now"
For this re-recording of "Here, Now", Peggy Lee herself sang the background vocal parts.


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 Second Lyricist)
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/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY 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.

2. "Is That All There Is?"
Producer Ken Barnes once explained that, during its decades in storage, this concert's master tape suffered heavy drop-out in some spots. Hence some of its numbers had to be excluded from the original release of the concert (1996). Case in point: the above-listed version of "Is That All There Is?", which had to wait one more year for its release. Thanks to extensive work on the master, Barnes was able to release it that year, though in a compilation CD -- thus separately from the concert to which it belonged. In the 2015 released of the boxed set Live in London, "Is That All There Is" has been finally reinstated to the concert. See also notes under next session.

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.


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."


Sessions Reported: 4

Performances Reported: 53

Unique Songs Reported: 32

Unique Issues Reported: 15