Peggy Lee's Bio-Discography:
Rehearsals & Home Sessions (Live, Part IV)
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Generated on Jan 15, 2016



As of January 2016, this page remains under construction, and thus unavailable for full viewing. The sample session supplied below should give viewers a basic notion of the projected contents. Most of the material to be included will consist of rehearsals done at nightclubs and at Peggy Lee's own home. Also to be included here: rehearsals undertaken inside a recording studio (such as the one currently shown below), of which precious few are extant.


Date: March 2, 3, 4, 1977
Location: Radio Luxembourg Studios, London

Ken Barnes (pdr), Judd Proctor (g), Peter Moore (p), Peggy Lee (v)

a. Private Taping Switchin' Channels - 3:13(Pete Moore, Ken Barnes)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(England) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
b. Private Taping I Go To Rio - 3:02(Peter Allen)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(England) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
c. Private Taping The Hungry Years - 3:57(Howard Greenfield, Neil Sedaka)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(England) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
d. Private Taping What I Did For Love - 3:49(Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban)
Castle Communications Licensed CS/CD(England) Pds_ 543 & Pdscd 543 (Pulse Sub-Label) — At Her Best   (1997)
e. Private Taping Lover - 4:11(Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(England) 30360 01222 — THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)
f. Private Taping Just For Tonight - 3:24(Jen Jessel, Raymond Jessel)
Carlton Sounds CS/CD(England) 30360 01222 — THE NEW COLLECTION   (1997)


Original Purpose Of The Rehearsal

The above-listed rehearsal performances were part of Peggy Lee's preparation for her 1977 British albums, on Polydor Records. (For further specifics on the albums and their sessions, consult this page.)

Being as they are rehearsal performances instead of the actual studio recordings for Polydor, these numbers are co-owned by producer Ken Barnes and the estate of Peggy Lee. (The same is true in the case of the London Palladium concert that took place on March 20, 1977, and that is discussed in the already linked page.)

It is important to note that these rehearsal numbers were professionally recorded -- with Peggy Lee's own knowledge and approval. Hence they are sonically suitable for commercially issue. However, the two CDs on which these numbers have come out are incongruous mixes of tracks from different sources and time periods. Furthermore, the CDs offer little to no information about each track's origin. It is obvious then, that a proper release of this worthwhile material is still needed.


Dating

My dating relies on information kindly shared with me by Ken Barnes, producer of Peggy Lee's British recording sessions.


Personnel And Issues

1. Augmented Backing
As shown above, only a rhythm session accompanied Peggy Lee during the rehearsals. At a more recent time (when the release of some of these numbers was approved), further instrumental backing was overdubbed.

2. The New Collection (CD)
The booklet of Carlton CD 3060 01222 contains a photo whose caption reads: "Musical director Pete Moore ... with Peggy Lee and producer Ken Barnes, during the 1982 studio sessions for The New Collection." Mr. Barnes explained to me that the dating in that caption is erroneous, as are other details and features on this CD. (Such inaccuracies were among the reasons why Barnes was highly displeased with the work done on this disc, which was quickly withdrawn from the market.)


Date: March 20, 1977 (Afternoon)
Location: London Palladium, London

Ken Barnes (pdr), Judd Proctor (g), Peter Moore (p), Peggy Lee (v)

a. Private Taping Easy Living(Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin)
b. Private Taping They Can't Take That Away From Me(George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
Both titles on: UNIVERSAL CD/DVD06607 5364186 — PEGGY LEE LIVE IN LONDON   (2015)

Songs And Issues

1. "Easy Living" [Song]
2. "They Can't Take That Away From Me" [Song]
3. Peggy Lee Live In London [CD}
These two performances contain an impromptu impersonation of Billie Holiday by Peggy Lee, followed by Lee's singing in her own style. The set Peggy Lee Live In London includes them as one medley titled Fun In Rehearsal.


Sessions Reported: 2

Performances Reported: 8

Unique Songs Reported: 8

Unique Issues Reported: 3