Peggy Lee's Bio-Discography And Videography:
The Snader Telescriptions
(Performances For Television, Part I)
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Sep 12, 2016





Scope And Contents

The present page focuses on the 10 TV videos that Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour filmed for syndication in 1950, during the early days of television. Such early-era music videos went by the name of "telescriptions." In the 1960s, a company called Camay Records isolated the audio of many telescriptions (including Barbour & Lee's) and made such audio-only performances commercially available on LP. Next, in the 1980s, the rights to the videos were obtained by Wally Heider, the well-known music engineer who owned not only a recording studio but also various music labels. Heider issued the telescriptions on Swingtime, his VHS outfit. From then onwards, the telescriptions became widely available to the public through different VHS companies (some of them licensees, some of them pirates) and through video-sharing websites such as YouTube. Nowadays, even a MP3 reissue of the Camay LP can be ordered from online stores.

Operating as supplementary material to the sessionographical entries below, two additional pages of The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography And Videography pay further attention to Barbour and Lee's telescriptions: a pictorial page, which show photos of commercial releases that feature these telescriptions, and a research page, which concentrates on the Snader company, for which Lee and Barbour filmed the telescriptions. The research page should further clarify the tenor of the images seen at both the outset and end of this page -- in essence, advertisement dating from the inaugural appearance of the Snader Telescriptions on television.

Last but far from least, I would like to express my gratitude to music film historian and jazz collector Mark Cantor, for his kind supply of these sessions' main data (specifically, location, date, and personnel).


Date: September 14, 1950
Location: Hollywood Center Studios (aka General Service Studios), 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood, CA

Dave Barbour (g), Jess Bourgeouis (b), Sid Hurwitz (p), Alvin Stoller (d), Peggy Lee (v)

a. 1601Shot For Snader I Cover The Waterfront - 3:27(Edward Heyman, Johnny Green)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSunknown — The Vocalists {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1988)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSVvd 757 — Storyville Presents The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1991)
Pickwick's Elap Licensed DVD(United Kingdom) 9960073 — The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series)   (2004)
Idem Public Domain DVD(Spain) Idvd 1021 Int — Peggy Lee ("Swing Era" Series)   (2004)
[unknown label] VHS (Spain) Tdj 44 — The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions ("This Is DVD Jazz" Series)   
b. 1603Shot For Snader I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful) - 3:23(Harry Ruskin, Henry Sullivan)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSunknown — The Vocalists {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1988)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSVvd 757 — Storyville Presents The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1991)
Pickwick's Elap Licensed DVD(United Kingdom) 9960073 — The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series)   (2004)
Idem Public Domain DVD(Spain) Idvd 1021 Int — Peggy Lee ("Swing Era" Series)   (2004)
[unknown label] VHS (Spain) Tdj 44 — The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions ("This Is DVD Jazz" Series)   
c. 1605Shot For Snader What More Can A Woman Do - 3:30(Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee [Seven-Track Edition]   (1965)
Swingtime Collectors' Label VHS119 — Meet The Singers, Volume 2 {Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, June Christy}    (1985)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSunknown — The Vocalists {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1988)
Charly Public Domain VHS(United Kingdom) Vid Jam 18 — Meet The Singers; Charly Video Presents The Swingtime Collection, Volume 18   (1989)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSVvd 757 — Storyville Presents The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1991)
Pickwick's Elap Licensed DVD(United Kingdom) 9960073 — The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series)   (2004)
Idem Public Domain DVD(Spain) Idvd 1021 Int — Peggy Lee ("Swing Era" Series)   (2004)
Sohbi Kikaku (Public Domain) DVD & Laser Disc(Japan) unknown & Skl 9 — Swingtime Presents Meet The Singers - 2; Video 9   (2010)
[unknown label] VHS (Spain) Tdj 44 — The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions ("This Is DVD Jazz" Series)   
d. Shot For Snader Mañana - 3:03(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee [Seven-Track Edition]   (1965)
Swingtime Collectors' Label VHS119 — Meet The Singers, Volume 2 {Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, June Christy}    (1985)
Charly Public Domain VHS(United Kingdom) Vid Jam 18 — Meet The Singers; Charly Video Presents The Swingtime Collection, Volume 18   (1989)
Sohbi Kikaku (Public Domain) DVD & Laser Disc(Japan) unknown & Skl 9 — Swingtime Presents Meet The Singers - 2; Video 9   (2010)
e. Shot For Snader Why Don't You Do Right? - 3:20(Joe McCoy)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee [Seven-Track Edition]   (1965)
Swingtime Collectors' Label VHS119 — Meet The Singers, Volume 2 {Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, June Christy}    (1985)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSunknown — The Vocalists {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1988)
Charly Public Domain VHS(United Kingdom) Vid Jam 18 — Meet The Singers; Charly Video Presents The Swingtime Collection, Volume 18   (1989)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSVvd 757 — Storyville Presents The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1991)
Pickwick's Elap Licensed DVD(United Kingdom) 9960073 — The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series)   (2004)
Idem Public Domain DVD(Spain) Idvd 1021 Int — Peggy Lee ("Swing Era" Series)   (2004)
Sohbi Kikaku (Public Domain) DVD & Laser Disc(Japan) unknown & Skl 9 — Swingtime Presents Meet The Singers - 2; Video 9   (2010)
[unknown label] VHS (Spain) Tdj 44 — The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions ("This Is DVD Jazz" Series)   
All titles on: Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee's Greatest [First Of The 10-Track Editions]   (1963)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee's Greatest [Second Of The 10-Track Editions]   (1964)




Images

Shown above are scenes from each of the five Snader Telescriptions whose soundtrack was recorded on this date. In order of display, the five scenes are from "I Cover The Waterfront," "I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)," "What More Can A Woman Do," "Mañana," and "Why Don't You Do Right?"


Online Availability

As of late 2013, the above-listed videos can be watched for free by clicking on the following links: I Cover The Waterfront, I May Be Wrong, What More Can A Woman Do, Mañana, and Why Don't You Do Right?.

Should the links supplied in the previous paragraph turn out to be no longer operable, the following options can also be tried: I Cover The Waterfront, I May be Wrong, What More Can A Woman Do, Mañana, and Why Don't You Do Right.


Issues

1. Various-Artists Compilations
This page lists only videotapes and DVDs that contain at least half of Peggy Lee's telescriptions. As for various-artists compilations containing one or two Lee telescriptions, those have been excluded. However, they have not been entirely ignored: pictures of such compilations can be seen in section VII of a pictorial page that this discography dedicates to music videos and other short forms. (Section VI of the same page concentrates on pictures of the videotapes and DVDs that are listed in the present page.)


Date: September 22, 1950
Location: Hollywood Center Studios (aka General Service Studios), 1040 N. Las Palmas Avenue, Hollywood, CA

Dave Barbour (g), Jess Bourgeouis (b), Sid Hurwitz (p), Alvin Stoller (d), Peggy Lee (v)

a. 1806Shot For Snader I Only Have Eyes For You - 3:23(Al Dubin, Harry Warren)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSunknown — The Vocalists {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1988)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSVvd 757 — Storyville Presents The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1991)
Pickwick's Elap Licensed DVD(United Kingdom) 9960073 — The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series)   (2004)
Idem Public Domain DVD(Spain) Idvd 1021 Int — Peggy Lee ("Swing Era" Series)   (2004)
[unknown label] VHS (Spain) Tdj 44 — The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions ("This Is DVD Jazz" Series)   
b. 1807Shot For Snader I Don't Know Enough About You - 3:15(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee [Seven-Track Edition]   (1965)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSunknown — The Vocalists {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1988)
Storyville Collectors' Label VHSVvd 757 — Storyville Presents The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions {Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, June Christy, Mel Tormé}}   (1991)
Pickwick's Elap Licensed DVD(United Kingdom) 9960073 — The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series)   (2004)
Idem Public Domain DVD(Spain) Idvd 1021 Int — Peggy Lee ("Swing Era" Series)   (2004)
[unknown label] VHS (Spain) Tdj 44 — The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions ("This Is DVD Jazz" Series)   
c. Shot For Snader It's A Good Day - 3:08(Dave Barbour, Peggy Lee)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee [Seven-Track Edition]   (1965)
d. Shot For Snader You Was Right, Baby - 3:17(Peggy Lee, Dave Barbour)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee [Seven-Track Edition]   (1965)
e. Shot For Snader While We're Young - 3:18(William Engvick, Morty Palitz, Alec Wilder)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee [Seven-Track Edition]   (1965)
All titles on: Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee's Greatest [First Of The 10-Track Editions]   (1963)
Camay Collectors' Label LPCa 3003 — Peggy Lee's Greatest [Second Of The 10-Track Editions]   (1964)
Swingtime Collectors' Label VHS119 — Meet The Singers, Volume 2 {Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, June Christy}    (1985)
Charly Public Domain VHS(United Kingdom) Vid Jam 18 — Meet The Singers; Charly Video Presents The Swingtime Collection, Volume 18   (1989)
Sohbi Kikaku (Public Domain) DVD & Laser Disc(Japan) unknown & Skl 9 — Swingtime Presents Meet The Singers - 2; Video 9   (2010)




Images

Shown above are scenes from each of the five Snader Telescriptions whose soundtrack was recorded on this date. In order of display, the five scenes are from "I Only Have Eyes For You," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "It's A Good Day," "You Was Right, Baby," and "While We're Young."


Online Availability

As of late 2013, the above-listed videos can be watched for free by clicking on the following links: I Only Have Eyes For You, I Don't Know Enough About You, It's A Good Day, You Was Right, Baby, and While We're Young.

Should the links supplied in the previous paragraph turn out to be no longer operable, the following options can also be tried: I Only Have Eyes For You, I Don't Know Enough About You, It's A Good Day, You Was Right, Baby, and While We're Young.


Issues

1. Various-Artists Compilations
This page lists only videotapes and DVDs that contain at least half of Peggy Lee's telescriptions. As for various-artists compilations containing one or two Lee telescriptions, those have been excluded. However, they have not been entirely ignored: pictures of such compilations can be seen in section VII of a pictorial page that this discography dedicates to music videos and other short forms. (Section VI of the same page concentrates on pictures of the videotapes and DVDs that are listed in the present page.)




GENERAL NOTES

Masters & Recording Process

1. Sideline Photography
The sideline photography of these ten music videos was executed over four days: September 13 and 14 (audio recorded on September 14, 1950) and September 21 and 22 (audio recorded on September 22, 1950).

2. "Master" Numbers
Some of the above-listed telescriptions are preceded by four digits that might or might not be a master number. Those digits come from the opening cards of the videos. Unfortunately, the prints that I consulted did not always include opening cards. If any viewer knows the numbers which are currently missing, I would appreciate receiving the details.


Personnel

1. Sid Hurwitz (Horowitz, Hurovitz)
2. Hal Schaeffer, Andre Previn
Various sources erroneously identify Hal Schaeffer as the pianist who participated in these sessions. The error probably stems from the fact that Schaeffer did serve as Peggy Lee's regular pianist in the late 1940s, and played on her radio transcriptions from those years. However, Schaeffer did not take part in any of her telescriptions. Neither did Andre Previn, who some YouTuber viewers have also misidentified as the pianist seen in the telescription footage.

Instead, the sessions' pianist was Sid Hurwitz, whose last name can also found in print with the spelling "Horowitz." He is dimly visible in the second and third photo shots above, both taken from the telescription "What More Can A Woman Do."

Hurwitz was definitely playing piano for Peggy Lee in 1950 -- and not just in the telescriptions. A Billboard review of a May 18, 1950 concert at the Palomar (Seattle, Washington) highlights him out of the quartet that was backing Lee at the time.

Online information about this pianist is limited. A brief obituary in the Boston Globe points to Boston as the city where he grew up, Hurovitz as his parents' last name, and California as the state where he passed away (possibly LA's Sun Valley, 2005). Another source claim a May 27, 1921 birthdate for Hurwitz, which would mean that he and Lee were almost the same age (about 30 when they were working together). Judging from credits gathered at a couple of commercial sites, he played with ensembles led by Glenn Miller, Jerry Gray, Jack Teagarden, Wild Bill Davison and Harry James.


Issues

1. Wally Heider (Swingtime Video)
2. Virgil Sipes (Swingtime Video)
Originally intended for TV airing, Peggy Lee's Snader Telescriptions were not commercially released to the public until the 1980s. (As shown above, the Camay label had issued them in the 1960s, but those were audio-only issues.) The releases in question were VHS tapes on Swingtime, a label set up by recording engineer and studio owner Wally Heider. Seen in the first of the photographs above, Heider was also responsible for the foundation of the record company Hindsight, which issued numerous radio transcriptions, including those found in the Peggy Lee album The Uncollected Peggy Lee, 1948. The engineering, film setups, editing, graphics and final mastering of the label's videos was primarily carried out by engineer Virgil Sipes, under Heider's supervision.

3. Camay
Peggy Lee's Greatest is the only album to ever feature her telescriptions. It came out in three vinyl editions. Two of them contain all ten telescriptions, whereas the third (and chronologically, last) edition reduces the total to seven. All three of these LP editions were issued in both mono and stereo.

The release dates for that Camay LP, including its variations and editions or reissues, fall somewhere between 1962 and 1965. Although I have provide more exacting release years above, those should still be considered approximate, and thus subject to change if additional information turns up in the future. The reasons for Camay's repeated reissuing of this item are only partially known to me; I offer both fact and speculation in the last sections of this page. Also, for pictures of the original album and its reissues, consult this page, section VIII.

Under the title Peggy Lee's Greatest, the 10-track edition of the Camay LP has been commercially issued on MP3 audio. There has been no CD issue. The photo used for the online advertisement of the MP3 release can be seen above. This MP3 audio is not recommended, and neither are the original LPs. For further details, consult the already mentioned section VIII of the pictorial short forms page.


Crossreferences

1. Additional Information On Snader And Camay
As part of my entering of the above-seen Peggy Lee session data, I actually did a fair amount of research about both the Snader telescription company and the Camay record company. I have gathered the fruits of my research in one of this discography's supplementary pages. The page also covers closely related topics, such as the Studio telescriptions and the Showtime At The Apollo flicks.





Sessions Reported: 2

Performances Reported: 10

Unique Songs Reported: 10

Unique Issues Reported: 11