The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Promos And Retrospectives
From The Capitol-Emi Family Of Labels
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on May 15, 2017


Scope And Contents

This is one of the four galleries that The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography dedicates to the presentation of various-artists compilations from the Capitol-Emi family of labels. Two specific types of compilations are targeted in the present page: Capitol's self-celebratory retrospectives (discussed in section I) and the label's promotional samplers (discussed in the other sections).  Naturally, only samplers and retrospectives with Peggy Lee tracks qualified for inclusion. Note, however, that this gallery remains a work in progress: due to lack of images and information, many more qualifying items (some of them listed at the very bottom of the page) are yet to be incorporated.


I. CAPITOL RETROSPECTIVES




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1. Title: Capitol Cavalcade (1942-1952) / Format: 10" LP / Label: Capitol / Release Year: 1952 / Cat. Num.: Pro 103 & Pro 104 / Note: Promotional disc "commemorating the tenth anniversary of Capitol Records, Inc. Written and narrated by Dave Dexter, Jr. Produced by William H. Miller and John Palladino." I have not listened to this album nor do I know the specific Peggy Lee performance(s) heard in it. Most probably, it is "Mañana." Image #1 shows the front cover, while image #3 features one side of the vinyl.

2. Title: The Capitol Record / Format: EP / Label: Capitol / Release Year: 1956 / Cat. Num.: Pro 254 & Pro 255 / Note: Souvenir extended play disc celebrating the opening of the Capitol Tower. Offers a history of Capitol through its hits records, with narration by George Fenneman. Only short clips of each hit are heard. I do not know which Peggy Lee performance is heard in it; "Mañana" is the strongest candidate. The back cover includes a photo of Frank Sinatra, serving as conductor for the very first session held at the Tower (at least according to promotional material). A second photo spotlights Glenn Wallichs and Alan Livington, who at this time held the titles of president and executive vice president of Capitol Records.

3. View of the 10" vinyl LP described in entry #1.





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4 - 7. Title: The Silver Years; Conmemorating Capitol's Twenty-Five Years In The Record Industry / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Snp 91017 / Rel. Year: 1967 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever." In the album's back cover (image #7), we can see a photo of Capitol's then-president Alan Livingston, along with the brief note that he wrote for this issue, which concludes with his signature. Also seen in the back cover is a list of Capitol's mainstay roster, divided into six rows. The artists in the first row seem to be those who joined and gave hits to the label during its first three years. Similarly, those in the second row had their earliest or biggest Capitol hits during the second half of the 1940s, those in the third row during the first half of the 1950s, and so on. Peggy Lee's name shows up in the second row.





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8. Title: The Capitol Souvenir Record ... World's Most Modern Record Pressing Plant / Format: EP / Label: Capitol / Release Year: 1965 / Cat. Num.: Spro 2905 / Note: "A look at the newest part of Capitol's entertainment world! ... World's most modern record-pressing plant ... and the sounds of some of the great stars of Capitol's history - past and present - who have helped to make it all possible." The pressing plant in question was at Jacksonville, Illinois, and this EP was apparently issued as a souvenir on the occasion of the plant's opening. All 15 performances, including Peggy Lee's "Fever," are heard in very abbreviated (less than a minute-long) form.

9. Title: Capitol Presents Those Classic Years, 1948-1956 / Format: LP & Cs & 8-t / Label: Capitol / Release Year: 1974 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) E St 23368 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording "Mañana," a 1948 hit.

10. Title: The Capitol Years, '42-'59 / Format: LP / Volumes: 3 / Label: Capitol / Release Year: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ecsx 95007~09 / Note: Contents unknown. Includes at least one Peggy Lee vocal (most likely one of her biggest hits).





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11. Title: Capitol Hits Through The Years (1942-1969) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Release Year: 1969 / Cat. Num.: unknown / Note: "... We've gathered here Capitol's top hits from the company's inception in 1942 to halfway through 1969, as we go to press," proclaims the producer of this album in its back cover. The album contains samples or snippets of 133 Capitol hit numbers. I do not know which Peggy Lee hits are included, but "Fever" and "Mañana" are the safest bets.

12. Title: Musical Milestones / Format: LP / Label: Capitol Special Markets - Plantation House / Release Year: 1972 / Cat. Num.: Sl 6806 / Note: Proceeds chronologically from Ella Mae Morse's landmark recording of "Cow Cow Boogie" in 1942 to Al Martino's "Love Theme From The Godfather in 1972. The penultimate cut is Peggy Lee's rendition of "Is That All There Is?," recorded and released in 1969. Among the other featured artists are Johnny Mercer, Nat King Cole, Jo Stafford, Kay Starr, Dean Martin, and Glen Campbell. All tracks from the pre-stereo era have been electronically "enhanced."






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13 - 18. Title: Capitol Records, Fiftieth Anniversary; 1942 -1992 / Format: CD / Volumes: 8 / Label: Capitol EMI / Cat. Num.: 79176 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: This set includes two Peggy Lee solo recordings and also a third recording which is a collective, various-artists performance. The set's front cover is seen in the second image (#14). The last two images (#17 and #18) display the front covers of the discs in which Lee's 3 vocals can be found, and will be described in more detail below.

17. Title: The Birth of A Dream; Capitol's Early Hits / Format: CS & CD / Label: EMI-Capitol / Cat. Num.: 98664 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Mañana" and also the ensemble number "The Freedom Train." Though officially part of the 8CD box Capitol Records, Fiftieth Anniversary; 1942 -1992 (entries 13 to 16), this CD was sold separately, too.

18. Title: Memories Are Made Of This, Part 1; The 50's & 60's / Format: CD / Label: EMI-Capitol / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 98670 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever" (1961 Basin Street East LP version). Though officially part of the 8CD set Capitol Records, Fiftieth Anniversary; 1942 -1992 (entries 13 to 16), this CD was also sold separately.





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19. Title: Capitol Jazz 50th Anniversary Jazz Collection CD / Format: CD / Volumes: 3 / Label: Capitol Jazz / Cat. Num.: 7 98931 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes The Capitol Jazzmen's recording of "That Old Feeling," which features Peggy Lee on vocals. Notice that this item is different from the 8CD set mentioned above, Capitol Records, Fiftieth Anniversary; 1942 -1992 (images #13 to #16), though they are obviously related. Both sets are part of Capitol's 50th Anniversary releases and both bear very similar titles, but this item is a 3CD set exclusively dedicated to jazz-oriented numbers.

20. Title: The Collectors Series And Apple Sampler ("Capitol 50th Anniversary" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI-Capitol / Cat. Num.: 79471 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Caramba! It's The Samba." Features a total of 22 tracks, including six from the Beatles-owned, EMI-distributed Apple Records catalogue.

21. Title: Millions Of Memories ("Capitol 50th Anniversary" Series) / Format: CD / Label: EMI-Capitol / Cat. Num.: 0777 7 99119 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever" is among this compilation's tracks.





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22. Title: Capitol Records 1942-2002; 60th Anniversary / Format: CD / Volumes: 6 / Label: EMI-Capitol / Cat. Num.: 7243 5 41220 2 6 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Fever" and "It's A Good Day."

23. Title: Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions / Format: LP & CD / Volumes: 19 [LPs] & 12 [CDs] / Label: Mosaic / Cat. Num.: Mq19 (LP) & Md12 170 (CD) / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes The Capitol Jazzmen's recordings of "Ain't Goin' No Place" and "That Old Feeling," both of which feature Peggy Lee on vocals. Also includes the Ten Cats And A Mouse instrumental versions of "Ja-Da" and "Three O'Clock Jump," both of which feature Peggy Lee on drums.





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24 & 25. Title: Capitol Vocal Classics, 1942 -1955 / Format: CD / Volumes: 8 / Label: Blue Note Toshiba / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Tocj 5691-5698 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: This Japanese collection contains 16 Peggy Lee vocals. It seems to be part of the batch of domestic and non-domestic CD retrospectives that were released in celebration of Capitol's 50th anniversary.


II. CAPITOL'S SELF-PROMOTIONAL ALBUMS, PART 1





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1. Title: What's New? In Stereo (Volume 3) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Sn3 / Rel. Year: 1959 / Note: This so-called "preview of new Capitol albums in full dimensional stereo" included 12 tracks, performed by Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Four Preps, Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2 tracks), Ed Townsend, Dorothy Donegan, Red Nichols, Jack Fascinato, Dan Kaleikini & Iwalani Kamahele, Cliffie Stone, Larry Hovis, and Peggy Lee with George Shearing. The latter are heard performing the song "Blue Prelude," from their collaboration Beauty And The Beat!, which at the time was upcoming. As for the What's New? series, it consisted of at least 5 volumes. There are no Peggy Lee tracks in the other 4 volumes.

2 & 3. Title: Artistry In Music ("Minute Masters" Series) / Format: LP & EP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 1366-1367 / Rel. Year: 1960 / Note: Released both on LP and EP sizes, this promotional item features cuts from the dozen albums that Capitol released during the first third of 1960. The 12 cuts on the LP are by Mavis Rivers ("The Glory Of Love"), Glen Gray, Red Nichols, Les Baxter, Jackie Gleason, Dinah Shore ("When I Grow Too Old To Dream"), Kenyon Hopkins, Mark Murphy ("Personality"), Django Reinhardt ("Swing Guitars") and others. The EP features only 8 of the 12 cuts. Found in both the LP and the EP, "Heart" is the Peggy Lee selection. ("Heart" was the leading track of her upcoming Latin Ala Lee! album, and had also been chosen for release on commercial single.)

General Notes About The "Minute Masters" Series: This series consisted of promotional albums whose tracks had been edited to about one minute, in order to make them more manageable for promotional radio and television spots. The series included not only various-artists compilations but also albums entirely dedicated to individual artists, such as Frank Sinatra and Nancy Wilson. Another item from the "Minute Masters" is featured below; look for Goin' Places With Capitol.





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4. Title: Reach For A Star! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 585 / Rel. Year: 1960 / Note: This promotional item features cuts from ten albums that Capitol released during the second third of 1960. I do not know the titles of the tracks included. From a look at the image above, I can tell that six of the ten tracks come from the following albums: Peggy Lee's Pretty Eyes, Mavis Rivers' The Simple Life, The Many Moods Of Ann Richards, Susan Barrett's A Little Travelin' Music, The DeCastro Sisters' self-titled LP, and the Bells Are Ringing soundtrack. There are also tracks from albums by Bobby Hackett and Jonah Jones.

5. Title: Sounds Unlimited / Format: LP / Discs: 2 / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 1959 / Note: This gatefold album promotes albums that Capitol released around February 1959. My information about this album is incomplete. I believe that 20 albums are sampled, most of whose catalogue numbers fall between 10180 and 1140, including the following ones: Les Baxter's African Jazz, Tommy Sands' This Thing Called Love, The Frank Moore Four, Eddie Dunstedster's Mister Pipe Organ, Jean Shepard's Lonesome Love, Tommy Collins' Light Of The Lord, Ron Goodwin's Music in Orbit, Pino Calvi's Italia Mia, Brendan Hogan And The Ballinakill Ceili Band's St. Patrick's Night In Dublin, and Children's Stories In Spanish. I do not know the titles of the tracks. The sampled Peggy Lee album was probably I Like Men!





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6 & 7. Title: Spectacular! / Format: LP / Pieces: 2 / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 363 - Pro 366 / Rel. Date: August 1957 / Note: This 2LP set includes two Peggy Lee renditions from her album The Man I Love. Found in the first side (Pro 363) of the first LP (Pro 363 - Pro 364), the renditions are "Then I'll Be Tired Of You" and "If I Should Lose You." The set's front cover identifies its contents as having been "specially prepared for radio and television programming use."





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8. Title: Who's News! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Np 1 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Note: Includes one cut from each of Capitol's then-brand new 11 pop releases, from Vic Damone's Strange Enchantment to Nancy Wilson's Something Wonderful. Among those cuts is Peggy Lee's recording of "Goin' To Chicago Blues," from her album Blues Cross County. Who's News appears to have been a budget version of the promotional item Top Hits!! Top Stars!!, shown in image #9. See also entry #10.

9. Title: Top Hits!! Top Stars!! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Np 2 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Goin' To Chicago Blues." Same LP as the one shown in image #8, with the exact same tracks albeit in a different sequence. Other differences include the respective titles, the photos of the stars, and the slightly divergent catalogue numbers. In front cover #8, the stars are alphabetically billed, starting with The Brothers Castro and ending with Nancy Wilson. In front cover #9, they would seem to be billed by their rank or popularity around early 1962; thus Peggy Lee is positioned at the uppermost top whereas The Brothers Castro occupy the last spot.

10. Back LP cover of item #8.

11. Back LP cover of item #9.





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12. Title: Goin' Places With Capitol! ("Minute Masters"/"Compact 33" Series) / Format: Jukebox EP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 1834-1835 / Rel. Year: 1961 / Note: This June 1961 promotional issue includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Day In- Day Out," which was the opening track from her album Basin Street East Proudly Presents Peggy Lee. Also includes, among others, The Kingston Trio's "You Don't Knock," The Louvin' Brothers' "What A Change One Day Can Make," Les Baxter's "Ses Nymph," and Tex Ritter's "A Paradise Below."

13. Title: The Newest! From The Sound Capitol Of The World! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 1896-1897 / Rel. Year: 1961 / Note: On one side, this promotional EP features two vocals from Peggy Lee's album If You Go, on the other side two instrumentals from a George Shearing album. The Lee vocals are "As Time Goes By" and "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My My Life."

14. Title: Some Of Capitol's Best / Format: Jukebox EP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: (S)Pro 2568 / Rel. Year: possibly 1963 / Note: This promotional EP includes Peggy Lee's recording of "I'll Get By," taken from her album I'm A Woman. The other profiled artists are Felix Slatkin with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Billy Liebert, and Freddy Martin. I presume that the EP vinyl came with a front cover, whose image I have not been abe to locate.


III. NEW RELEASES FROM THE SOUND CAPITOL OF THE WORLD
(CAPITOL'S SELF-PROMOTIONAL ALBUMS, PART 2)






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1. Title: Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World, March 1962 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 1974-1975 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Note: Side two (i.e., Pro 1975) contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Kansas City" and "Goin' To Chicago Blues," both taken from her album Blues Cross Country. Sequenced after Lee's are two tracks by Frank Sinatra (from Point Of No Return, his last original album for Capitol) and then tracks by Edith Piaf, Freddy Martin, and Woody Herman. Side one starts out with numbers culled from Nat King Cole's album with George Shearing and continues with renditions by Kay Starr ("I Am Alone Because" and "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home," from her I Cry By Night LP), Stan Kenton, and Ruth Welcome.

2. Title: Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World, July 1962 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2068-2069 / Rel. Year: 1962 / Note: Side 1 includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Why Don't You Do Right," taken from the 1962 compilation Bewitching-Lee!.





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3. Title: Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World, February 1963 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro __ / Rel. Year: 1963 / Note: The information that I have about this LP is tentative and incomplete. It is likely to include Peggy Lee's recording of "The Alley Cat Song," taken from her album I'm A Woman. It may also include Lee's rendition of "I'm Walkin'," from the same album.

4. Title: Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2537-2538 / Rel. Date: February 1964 / Note: This promotional item opens with Peggy Lee's rendition of "The Moment Of Truth," taken from her album I'm In Love Again. Following her rendition are recordings by Nat King Cole ("Something Makes Me Want To Dance With You"), Freddy Martin, Frank Sinatra ("Nice And Easy"), Billy Taylor, and Sue Raney ("Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'"). Among the numbers on the other side of the record are two tunes by The Beatles, which fans esteem to be the earliest ones ever featured in a Capitol promotional album.





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5. Title: !Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2685-2686 / Rel. Date: August 1964 / Note: I do not know which Peggy Lee track(s) can be found in this album. Judging from its August 1964 dating, its Lee material may be from her album In The Name Of Love.

6. Title: Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2821-2822 / Rel. Date: April 1965 / Note: Side 1 of this promotional item includes the titutlar song of Peggy Lee's 1965 Capitol album Pass Me By.


General Note About This Series: Albums with the title From The Sound Capitol Of The World date back to at least 1959 and continue until 1965. Unfortunately, I do not have a complete list of titles. Besides the six issues listed, quite a few others probably feature Peggy Lee tracks. In fact, I know of one more, dated November 1965 (cat. num. Pro 2966). I do not know which Peggy Lee selections are included in that album, nor do I have an image of its cover. I should also add that its full title is slightly different from that of the above-discussed majority. It's called Excerpts From New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World). ( In this series, the words Great New Releases are the ones most commonly found before the collective moniker From The Sound Capitol Of The World. However, the addition of the word "Excerpts" should not be deemed of great significance. Other issues bear similar variations. In some instances, the opening word New was omitted or substituted with the adjective Exciting.) On the matter of this series' destiny after 1965, see next section's general note.


IV. CAPITOL POPS, AKA BALANCED FOR BROADCAST
(CAPITOL'S SELF-PROMOTIONAL ALBUMS, PART 3)






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1. Title: Balanced For Broadcast, May 1965 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro __ / Rel. Year: 1965 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's renditions of "I Wanna Be Around" and "Sneakin' Up On You," from her album Pass Me By.

2. Title: Capitol Pops For November '66! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 4196-4197 / Rel. Year: 1966 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Think Beautiful" and "An Empty Glass," from her album Guitars Ala Lee.





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3. Title: Capitol Pops For March '66! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 4030-4031 / Rel. Year: 1966 / Note: The title(s) of the Peggy Lee track(s) in this album are unknown to me.

4. Title: Capitol Pops For April '66! / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 4055-4056 / Rel. Year: 1966 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Alright, Okay, You Win" and "I Must Know," from her album Big Spender.





General Note About the series "Balanced For Broadcast": This Series seems to have been the sequel to Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World, the series discussed in the previous section. Although I do not know the exact duration of either series, the albums of which I'm aware suggest a continuity. Every Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World albums which I have consulted dates from the 1959-1965 years, whereas the Balanced For Broadcast and Capitol Pops albums with which I am acquainted fall within the 1965-1966 period.

The four images shown directly above are provided only for the purpose of illustrating the points made in this general note; none of those four albums include any Peggy Lee tracks. A look at these images further reinforces my impression that some of the various promotional series under discussion are sequels of earlier ones. On display in the first image is the front cover of a 1965 album titled Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World whose design or artwork bears no resemblance to the covers of the pre-1965 albums from the series. Instead, this cover follows the same cheesecake directive of some of the covers from the Capitol Pops series. The second image shows another 1965 album whose front cover bears the words Balanced For Broadcast on the uppermost top, and the words Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World a few inches below. In the third image, the phrase New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World still appears, but the main title is clearly Capitol Pops, and the motto "balanced for broadcast" is no longer in use. This third album cover is from 1966.

In short: it seems that the New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World series went through various transitional titles during the year 1965, settling on Capitol Pops for a while in 1966. By 1967, the series had been renamed yet again, this time as The Capitol Disc Jockey Album. Albums with that title are discussed in the next section; the present section displays just one of those Capitol Disc Jockey Album covers, merely as an example; it's the fourth and last image above.

The Capitol Pops and Balanced For Broadcast issues spotlighted in the present section are not the only ones that contain Peggy Lee tracks. There were others, for which I have neither images nor enough information at the present time. Specifically, I am aware that Capitol Pops! October 1966 (Pro 4155-4156) contains one or more Peggy Lee tracks.


V. THE CAPITOL DISC JOCKEY ALBUM, AKA CAPITOL POPS, BALANCED FOR BROADCAST
(CAPITOL'S SELF-PROMOTIONAL ALBUMS, PART 4)






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1. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, April 1967 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4315-4316 / Rel. Year: 1967 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "A Bucket Of Tears" and "Amazing," culled from her anthology Extra Special!

2. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, May 1967 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4332-4333 / Rel. Year: 1967 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's self-penned ballad "The Shining Sea," taken from her anthological album Extra Special!.

3. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, September 1967 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4388-4389 / Rel. Year: 1967 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee recordings of "Something Stupid" and "Release Me," taken from her anthological album Extra Special!.

4. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, December 1967 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4456-4457 / Rel. Year: 1967 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Christmas Carousel," from the album that bears the same title.





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5. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, April 1968 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4521 / Rel. Year: 1968 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Call Me" and "I'll Only Miss Him When I Think Of Him," from her album Big Spender.

6. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, November 1968 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4650-4651 / Rel. Year: 1968 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's versions of "Do I Hear A Waltz" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," from her album Two Shows Nightly.





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7. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4710-4711 / Rel. Date: May 1969 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's renditions of "Spinning Wheel" and "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today," both from her album A Natural Woman.

8. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, / Format: LP / Label: Capitol LP: Spro / Cat. Num.: Spro 4920-4921 / Rel. Date: January 1970 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Is That All There Is?" and "Love Story," both from her album Is That All There Is?.


General Note About This Series: Obviously aimed at radio disc jockeys, The Capitol Disc Jockey series consisted of albums that carried one of these two legends: "[t]he tracks in this especially prepared album have been arranged in a sequence suitable for broadcast first thru last as a program, or program segment, if so desired" or "the tracks in this specially prepared album have been arranged in a sequence which enable you to program the selections one after the other in the order produced on this LP ..." Furthermore, these albums invariably include the words "balanced for broadcast" in their front and/or back covers. The back covers also point out that the music has been programmed with quik-q, a technology which allowed for what Capitol proudly described as "instant programming." It amounted to a lapse of two seconds between tracks.

The Capitol Disc Jockey album was sent monthly and freely to participating non-rock pop music stations. (Capitol also had a separate paying subscription service, which gave stations greater access to the company's albums and singles.) For any month of a given year, these LPs would feature the same photographic motif in their front covers, be it calendar girls (1967), girls next to high-end cars (1968), college-age girls striking suggestive poses (1969) or -- perhaps as a 'respite' from the overflow of estrogen -- radio/music technology (1970). The December issues were something of an exception, however, exchanging the typical comely women for lecherous-looking incarnations of Santa Claus -- as seen and exemplified by the very last picture of section III, which is the front cover of the December 1969 series issue. (Presumably meant to send out subliminal messages, these albums' virile versions of Santa stood in for the male disc jockeys targeted by Capitol.)

In the general note of the previous section, I have discussed my impression that The Capitol Disc Jockey Album was only the last of the names that Capitol gave to a promotional series that had been running since the 1950s. To further confuse matters, and as exemplified by images #6 and #7 above, Capitol Disc Jockey albums released in 1969 and 1970 were designed without any title or text in their front covers. I do not know on what year the company stopped producing these LPs, nor do I know if the series continued under yet a different name. The last Capitol Disc Jockey Album titles which I have been able to track down date from 1970.

The Capitol Disc Jockey albums shown in the present section are not the only ones that contain Peggy Lee tracks. There were others, for which I have scant information at the present time (nor do I have images). Specifically, I am aware of the following two: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, December 1968 (Pro 4656-4657; this one includes Peggy Lee's recording of "I Like A Sleigh Ride"), and The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, May 1969 (Pro 4710-4711).


VI. SILVER PLATTER SERVICE
(CAPITOL'S SELF-PROMOTIONAL ALBUMS, PART 5)






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1. Title: Silver Platter Service, 7-8 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2066-2067 / Rel. Date: June 1962 / Note: This Silver Platter album features a brief phone interview with Peggy Lee and two numbers from her album Blues Cross Country, "Los Angeles Blues" and "New York City Blues."

2. Title: Silver Platter Service, 11-12 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2097-2098 / Rel. Date: July 1962 / Note: This Silver Platter album features at least one Peggy Lee track. Further details unknown.

3. Title: Silver Platter Service, 19-20 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2159-2160 / Rel. Date: September-October 1962 / Note: This Silver Platter album features at least one vocal sung by Peggy Lee. Further details unknown.

4. Title: Silver Platter Service, 21-22 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3021-3022 / Rel. Date: October 1962 / Note: Side 22 bears the title Spotlight On Peggy Lee. It combines about half of the album Sugar 'n' Spice with a Lee interview, conducted by Jack Wagner.





5. Title: Silver Platter Service, 79-80 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3079-3080 / Rel. Date: November 1963 / Note: This Silver Platter album features at least one Peggy Lee track. Further details unknown.

6. Title: Silver Platter Service, 83-84 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3083-3084 / Rel. Year: 1963 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever" on side 84. Side 83 is dedicated to the album The Story Of Christmas, and includes interviews with that album's artist (Tennessee Ernie Ford) and with the album's conductor (Roger Wagner). This LP, which also features a brief phone interview with Stan Kenton, identifies itself as a "Christmas special."

7. Title: Silver Platter Service, 89-90 / Format: LP / Label: / Cat. Num.: 3089-3090 / Rel. Year: 1964 / Note: It seems that this album (to which I have not listened) features interviews, requests or song recommendations from various disc jockeys. It includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "I've Got Your Number" (side 89) and "The Moment Of Truth" (side 90). Side 90 is dated February 1964. Side 89 is not dated, but is labeled the "Radio Jamaica and Redifussion Disc-Jockey Special."

8. Title: Silver Platter Service, 91-92 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3091-3092 / Rel. Year: 1964 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "That's My Style" and "How Insensitive," from her 1963 album In Love Again. Also includes interviews with Sue Raney and Freddy Martin. Dated February 1964.





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9. Title: Silver Platter Service, 117-118 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3117-3118 / Rel. Date: probably August 1964 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Talk To Me, Baby" and "The Boy From Ipanema," from her 1964 album In The Name Of Love. Also includes brief interviews with Milt Raskin and Nancy Wilson.

10. . Title: Silver Platter Service, 119-120 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3119-3120 / Rel. Date: September 1964 / Note: Starts off with Peggy Lee's recording of "When In Rome," from her 1964 album In The Name Of Love. Since I have the track listing of the A side only, I do not know if Lee happens to be featured on the B side as well.

11. Title: Silver Platter Service, 153-154 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3153-3154 / Rel. Date: 1965, probably May or June / Note: The first side of this promotional album is entitled "Salute To Nat King Cole" and features Cole numbers only, most of them taken from the commercial LP The Nat King Cole Story. The second side opens with Peggy Lee's recording of "L.o.v.e," from her 1965 album Pass Me By.





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12. Title: Silver Platter Service, 179-180 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3179-3180 / Rel. Date: December 1965 / Note: This Silver Platter album features three tracks from the album Then Was Then And Now Is Now ("Trapped," "Losers Weepers," "Everybody Has The Right To Be Wrong") and two tracks from the album Happy Holiday (the title track and "Winter Wonderland"). There is also a three-minute interview with Lee; unfortunately (and unlike interviews from earlier years), the exchange between the Silver Platter disc jockey and his guest artist is devoid of any interesting anecdotes and factual details.

13. Title: Silver Platter Service, 197-198 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3197-3198 / Rel. Date: May 1966 / Note: This Silver Platter album features two vocals from Peggy Lee's album Big Spender, "Gotta Travel On" and "Watch What Happens." The album includes brief talking segments with Lee.

14. Title: Silver Platter Service, 221-222 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3221-3222 / Rel. Date: November 1966 / Note: This Silver Platter album features two vocals from Peggy Lee's album Guitars Ala Lee, "Think Beautiful" and "Call Me."





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15. Title: Silver Platter Service, 245-246 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3245-3246 / Rel. Date: May 1967 / Note: Contains the tracks taken from the Peggy Lee LP anthology Extra Special!, "Oh, You crazy Moon," and "A Bucket Of Tears."

16. Title: Silver Platter Service, 247-248 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3247-3248 / Rel. Date: May & June 1967 / Note: Contains a brief interview with Peggy Lee as well as the tracks So What's New," "The Shining Sea," and "A Doodlin' Song", all of them from her compilation Extra Special!.





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17. Title: Silver Platter Service, 249-250 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3249-3250 / Rel. Date: May 1967 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee recording of "Walking Happy," taken from her anthological album Extra Special!.

18. Title: Silver Platter Service, 261-262 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 261-262 / Rel. Date: August 1967 / Note: Contains the numbers "Somethin' Stupid," "Makin' Whoopee," and "Love Is Here To Stay," all three from her album Somethin' Groovy. One of the album's key players, Toots Thielemans, is interviewed before two of the songs are played.





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19 & 20. Title: Music For Christmas Shoppers Only ... / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 4210 - 4211 / Rel. Year: 1966 / Note: Although this promo does not identify itself as a member of the Silver Platter series, its catalogue number is within the range of said series. And, whereas its front cover certainly differs from those in the series, its back cover is designed in the same manner. Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Jingle Bells (I Like A Sleighride)" and "Christmas Carousel."





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21. Title: Instant Music ("Silver Platter"/"Minute Masters" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 2430-2431 / Rel. Date: September 1963 / Note: All numbers are edited down to around one minute. The front cover includes the legend "another exclusive programming aid of the Silver Platter Service from the Sound Capitol Of The World." Side 1 contains only vocals, side B just instrumentals. The vocals are by The Lettermen, Nancy Wilson, Bobby Darin, The Kinston Trio, Peggy Lee, The Lettermen, Frank Sinatra, and one additional group. Peggy Lee's vocal is "It's A Big, Wide, Wonderful World," from her album Mink Jazz.

22. Title: FM Stereo Silver Platter Service ("Silver Platter"/"Minute Masters" Series) / Format: LP / Units: 2 / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 4111-4112-4113-4114 / Rel. Date: July 1966 or later / Note: Capitol created a stereo branch of its Silver Platter Service series in 1966, when the number of radio stations in the US had grown to 475. (All preceding albums in the series were monaural items.) This particular 2LP set (#8) is believed to include Peggy Lee's renditions of "Shangri-La" and "Ev'rybody Has The Right To Be Wrong."


General Note About The "Silver Platter Service": The albums in this series identify themselves as coming "from Hollywood with Jack Wagner" and as "especially prepared for radio programming use." A LA-based radio announcer, radio station manager, disc jockey (at LA's KNX-AM, KGIL-AM, KHJ-FM and KBIQ-FM between 1947 and 1962), Jack F. Wagner also became Capitol's head of radio and television services, which had been inaugurated in April of 1962. (He acted on film and television, too.) The first issue of Silver Platter Service was released around May of that year, with Wagner on board right from the inception of the series. Having actually come up with the concept, he continued to serve as the program's announcer even after mid-1966, when he returned to KHJ as general manager. (Wagner had formally resigned from his Capitol post, yet was still -- in the wording used by a trade article from the period -- retained by Capitol as an independent supplier." His position at the label was taken by Al Davis. Next, in 1968, Wagner (the brother, incidentally, of choral director Roger Wagner) went on to work at KNX. From 1970 to 1993, he reached his apex, by becoming a celebrated announcer at Disneyland Park.) The last Silver Platter Service of which I am aware (257-258) has a July-August 1967 date. (I have actually seen a non-numbered listing for a July 1969 Silver Platter Service LP, with catalogue number Pro 4774, but I have not been able to determine the veracity of that listing.)

Each Silver Platter LP combined selections from recently released Capitol albums with pre-recorded interviews of the label's artists. Wagner was said to equalize and copy the selections directly from the master tapes. Some LPs also featured brief pre-recorded segments in which Wagner talked with disc jockeys from that programmed the show at their stations. The duration of each LP is generally 24 minutes (12 minutes per side). Typically, two Silver Platter albums would be released per month; sometimes three. The discs were exclusively sent to one radio station per market. The station was expected to air the given LP upon receipt (with the option of doing so repeatedly, if so inclined, within the allotted time), and did not need to return it. A promotional service, the subscribing stations were not charged; among them were WNEW in New York, KLSC in Los Angeles, RadioDiffusion in France, and the AFRS all over Europe. By 1966, Capitol was claiming 1,400 as the total amount of radio stations in which the Service was being heard -- 1,000 of them located in the US, 400 overseas, the latter including American Force Radio locations.

Numbers sung by Peggy Lee appear in many of the 258 issues (+) Silver Platter issues. A few of them even include brief interviews with Lee herself. In addition to the LPs itemized above, Lee can also be heard singing (and sometimes speaking) in the following Silver Platter LPs, for which I have not been able to find images or further specifics: 9-10 (July 1962, catalogue number Pro 2085-2086), 11-12 (July 1962, catalogue number Pro 2097-2098; detailed above, but the tracks are missing), unknown (either 13-14 or 15-16, August 1962, catalogue number Pro 2123-2124), 17-18 (September 1962, catalogue number Pro 2155-2156), 19-20 (September-October 1962, catalogue number Pro 2159-2160; detailed above, but the tracks are missing), 29-30 (December 1962, catalogue number Pro 3029-3030), 37-38 (February 1963, catalogue number Pro 3037-3038), 53-54 (June 1963, catalogue number Pro 3053-3054), 55-56 (June 1963, catalogue number Pro 3055-3056), 57-58 (June-July 1963; catalogue number Pro 3057-3058; contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Where Can I Go Without You?"), 79-80 (November 1963, catalogue number Pro 3079-3080; detailed above, but the tracks are missing), 155-156 (June 1965; contains "Bewitched," "I Wanna Be Around," and "Sneakin' Up On You," as well as interview bits with Lee), 181-182 (January 1966, catalogue number Pro 3181-3182), 185-186 (January 1966, catalogue number Pro 3185-3186), 187-188 (February 1966, catalogue number Pro 3187-3188), and 251-252 (June 1967, catalogue number unknown). Furthermore: Instant Music ("Silver Platter"/"Minute Masters" Series, March-April 1963, catalogue number Pro 2292-2293) and a AFRTS transcription of Silver Platter in which Wagner interviews Peggy Lee (November 1967, number 162; the contents may be from preceding years). Doubtlessly there are more; I would appreciate receiving details about them. I would also appreciate being told which numbers Peggy Lee sings in the albums that I have just listed.