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 Aug 8, 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 & 2. 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." In the front cover, Dave Barbour is the first artist list, and Peggy Lee the last one on the left row. (The list is actually alphabetically arranged.)





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3 - 5. Title: The Capitol Record / Format: EP / Label: Capitol / Release Year: 1956 / Cat. Num.: Pro 254 & Pro 255 / Note: This extended-play disc is a souvenir that celebrates the opening of the Capitol Tower. It 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. Left out of the pictorial gallery above, the back cover includes a photo of a session led by 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 Livingston, who at this time held the titles of president and executive vice president of Capitol Records.





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6 - 8. Title: The Silver Years; Commemorating 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. The vinyl, not pictured above, bears the typical Capitol rainbow label of the 1960s.





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9. 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.

10. 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: Kay Starr and Peggy Lee are the only female artists pictured in the front cover of this anthology, which contains Lee's 1948 hit recording of "Mañana."

11. Title: A Voice To Remember: The Sounds of 75 Years On EMI Records, 1898-1973 (Recalled By Alistair Cooke) / Format: LP / Discs: 2 / Label: EMI / Release Year: 1973 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) / Note: In September of 1973, British EMI released this set as parti f its 75th anniversary commemoration, featuring narration by broadcaster-journalist Alistair Cooke (best remembered for his lengthy hosting of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre). The chosen artists ranged from Enrico Caruso and Noel Coward to Cliff Richard and Pink Floyd. French legends such as Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier also made the list, too. Only two American members of Capitol's 1940s-1950s roster managed to get it, though: Nat King Cole ("Sweet Lorraine") and Peggy Lee ("Till There Was You").





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12 - 14. Title: The Capitol Years, '42-'59 / Format: LP / Discs: 3 / Label: Capitol / Release Year: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Ecsx 95007~950009 / Note: This chronologically sequenced anthology of Capitol hits contains two Peggy Lee renditions, "Mañana" and "Fever." Above, its front cover is displayed with and without the set's obi. The central image focuses on the set's booklet.





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15. 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.

16. 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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17 - 22. Title: Capitol Records, Fiftieth Anniversary; 1942 -1992 / Format: CD / Volumes: 8 / Label: Capitol EMI / Cat. Num.: 79176 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Peggy Lee is her in three tracks from this set. Two of the tracks are from her own sessions; the third is a various-artists performance on which she was featured. The set's front cover is seen in the third image (#19), its spine on the first image (#17). Images #20 and #22 display the front covers of the discs in which Lee's vocals can be found; both CDs will be described in more detail below.

20. 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.

22. 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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23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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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26 - 28. Title: Capitol Vocal Classics, 1942 -1955 / Format: CD / Discs: 8 / Label: Blue Note Toshiba / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Tocj 5691-5698 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: This Japanese collection contains 16 Peggy Lee vocals. Details about is are scarce. 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.





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29 - 32. Title: Classic Capitol Jazz Sessions / Format: LP & CD / Discs: 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 showcase 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 Lee on drums. The front cover of the set can be seen in the second of the images above. The CD edition is viewable in the first image, the LP edition in the third image. The last image offers a partial look of the booklet.





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33 - 35. Title: Capitol Records 1942-2002; 60th Anniversary / Format: CD / Discs: 6 / Label: EMI-Capitol / Cat. Num.: 7243 5 41220 2 6 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Fever" and "It's A Good Day" are among the 96 tracks featured in this retrospective. The first image shows the front of this large box (over 10 inches in both length and width). The back cover can be seen in the second image, which also displays a model replica of the Capitol Tower. This 4" metal replica was part of the set, as sold by EMI. (Nowadays, sellers tend to offer the set without that original component.) A 144-page book is part of the set, too.





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36 - 38. Title: A Capitol Christmas / Format: LP / Discs: 2 / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: B0025560-01 / Rel. Year: 2016 / Note: In 2016, Universal commemorated Capitol's 75th anniversary with a long-term celebration that, according to a press release, "commence[d] ... when Capitol bec[a]me the first record company to receive a star of recognition from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce," which in turn led the city of Los Angeles to declare that date (November 15) Capitol Records Day.

On the matter of music releases, no retrospectives were issued (at least, not to my knowledge), except for the holiday item shown above. It's a 2LP set containing 24 seasonal songs from Capitol's and Liberty's vaults. Since all these selections have been frequently issued in the past, this set could be deemed to contain the label's top holiday tracks, from Nat King Cole's definitive version of "The Christmas Song" to Lou Rawls r&b staple "Merry Christmas Baby." Several artists are featured twice, Peggy Lee included ("I Like A Sleighride," "The Christmas Spell"), and the choices are circumscribed to the 1940s and 1950s, with a few additional entries from the 1960s.

Rather than on anthologies, the label's reissue celebration focused on single albums that a panel chose as "the best of Capitol Records from among literally thousands of works the company has released over the past 75 years." The list assembled by this panel has been justifiably criticized for its notorious exclusions. The earliest album (The Duke Plays Ellington) dates from 1953 (at Capitol, the dawn of the vinyl era), thereby ignoring 11 years in which some major Capitol "works" or "albums" were also issued (on shellac, granted). Peggy Lee is represented with her 1969 album Is That All There Is? (an LP that could hardly be deemed her best, and which must have been chosen chiefly on account of its inclusion of the titular hit). According to the same aforementioned press release, this vinyl reissue program was scheduled to be a year-long endeavor (thus presumably active from November 2016 to November 2017). Stated as having been carried out in partnership with Crate And Barrel, the program distributed and sold the LPs through the esteemed chain's stores.


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 585-586 / Rel. Year: 1960 / Note: This promotional item features 16 cuts from ten albums that Capitol released during the second third of 1960, Peggy Lee's Pretty Eyes included. The title track from that album is featured. The other tracks come from the following albums: Vicky Artier's Vive Paris, the Charlie Barnet Quartet's Jazz Oasis, Susan Barrett's A Little Travelin' Music, The DeCastro Sisters' Sing, The Eligibles' Love Is A Gamble, Glen Gray And The Case Loma Orchestra's Swingin' Southern Style, The Bobby Hackett Quartet's Easy Beat,Jonah Jones' A Touch Of Blue, The Many Moods Of Ann Richards, Mavis Rivers' The Simple Life, the Bells Are Ringing soundtrack, Guy Lombardo's own Bells Are Ringing, and The Streets Of Tokyo: Top Pop Songs In Japanese By Nippon's Favorite Record Stars.

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. Shown above is the vinyl disc only. I have not seen a sleeve, though I presume that it came in one. (If so, it might have been the same type of almost nondescript sleeve that the label used for many of its other jukebox EPs: black, withe the word Capitol in white letting on top, and the Capitol logo, also in white, on the bottom. I have no indication of a cardboard cover (though it is not entirely out of the question).





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15-16. Title: "Remember How Great ... " / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: Pro 4174 - 4177 / Rel. Year: ca. 1965 / Note: An anthology of master cuts from albums that Capitol had released in its Starline series. Aimed at radio broadcast, each master has been abbreviated. Two of the chosen tracks, "Fever" and "Hallelujah I Love Him So," are from the Peggy Lee LP Bewitching-Lee!. "Fever" (3:19) has been cut down to 1:47 by skipping three of the verses sung by Lee. "Hallelujah I Love Him So" has been similarly pared down, from 2:26 to 1:25.






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17-20. Title: Music For Christmas Shoppers Only ... / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 4210 - 4211 / Rel. Year: 1966 / Note: Music For Christmas Shoppers Only ... contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Jingle Bells (I Like A Sleighride)" and "Christmas Carousel." This promotional album was exclusively designed for (dis)play at retail stores. It was part of Capitol's 1966 holiday campaign, which the label devised around several print ads. The most notable item from the campaign was a record-buying guide or almanac, called Give The Gift Of Music (image #18). The guide showcased 266 albums from the Capitol and Angel family of labels. There were also several paper ads, including the one sampled above (image #20), which listed 171 albums, one of them being Guitars Ala Lee!. A look at its back cover and catalogue number of Music For Christmas Shoppers Only ... makes evident a connection to the Silver Platter album series to be discussed below, though no link is overtly acknowledged in the album itself.


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, June 1963 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro __ / Rel. Year: 1963 / Note: Opens with Peggy Lee's recording of "The Alley Cat Song," taken from her album Mink Jazz.

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: Side 1 of this promotional item includes the titular song of Peggy Lee's 1964 Capitol album In The Name Of Love, and also another cut from the same album, "The Boy From Ipanema."

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 titular 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 "Balanced For Broadcast": This Series seems to have been the sequel to another series, Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World, which was discussed in the previous section. Although I have not found a precise timeline for either one, a continuity from one series to the other is suggested by the albums of which I'm aware. 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. Visually, their front cover artwork certainly gives an impression of continuity and connection between the two series. First on display is the front cover of a 1965 album titled Great New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World whose design 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.


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!.





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4. 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.

5. 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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6. 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.

7. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, / Format: LP / Label: Capitol LP: Spro / Cat. Num.: Spro 4920-4921 / Rel. Date: January 1970 / Note: Side 1 opens Peggy Lee's recordings of "Love Story," side 2 with her recording of "Is That All There Is?" Both tracks are from her Is That All There Is? album.





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8. 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.

9. Title: The Capitol Disc Jockey Album, December 1968 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Spro 4656-4657 / Rel. Year: 1968 / Note: Opens with Peggy Lee's recording of "I Like A Sleigh Ride (Jingle Bells)." The number is from the 1960 Lee album Christmas Carousel, but this cross-promotional LP lists as coming from a concurrent various-artists anthology (The Best Of Christmas, Capitol Stbb 2979, released in 1967, and viewable in the first section of this page.)


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.

Each new volume of The Capitol Disc Jockey album was sent freely to participating music stations, on a monthly basis. The stations in question were geared toward pop music, and thus differed from the more predominant rock-oriented 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. For the years 1967 and 1969, the holiday issues exchanged 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.

It should also be noted that the 12 issues of a given year could qualify as a mosaic, or as piece's of a puzzle. The concept was most clearly developed for the year 1969. Thanks to the Stonesthrow online store and to San Francisco's Grove Merchant physical store, we count with a visual enactment of the concept:



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. This series appears to have lasted a little over three years -- from January 1967 to February 1970. i have found no so-called Disc Jockey Album volumes outside of that time span. The ones itemized in the present section are the complete extent of Peggy Lee-inclusive entries in the series. (I have inspected all the other ones.)


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






Artwork Shown:

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.





Artwork Shown:

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.






Artwork Shown:

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, 185-186 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3185-3186 / Rel. Date: January 1966 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee track(s), but I do not know the title(s).

14. Title: Silver Platter Service, 187-188 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3187-3188 / Rel. Date: February 1966 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee track(s), but I do not know the title(s).

15. 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 also ncludes brief talking segments with Lee.





Artwork Shown:

16. 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."

17. Title: Silver Platter Service, 243-244 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3243-3244 / Rel. Date: April 1967 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee recordings of "Hey, Look Me Over" and "When He Makes Music," both of which were included in her anthological LP Extra Special!.

18. 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."






Artwork Shown:

19. 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!.

20. 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!.

21. Title: Silver Platter Service, 261-262 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3261-3262 / 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.

22. Title: Silver Platter Service, 265-266 / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: Pro 3265-3266 / Rel. Date: September 1967 / Note: taken from the Peggy Lee album Somethin' Stupid, her interpretations of "I'm Gonna Get It" and "No Fool Like An Old Fool" are included in this Silver Platter release, which is presumed to be among the last few in the series.





Artwork Shown:

23. 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.

24-25. 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: June 1966 / Note: Along with the album cover and the two vinyl discs inside, this release also included promotional material. In the album' back cover, program director Jack Wagner points out that the included tracks had been "mastered with the latest Westrex 3-D cutting system and pressed on the purest blend of polyvinyl chloride to insure a frequency response clear as clean as the master tape." A letter addressed to "FM-stereo broadcasters" informed them about the experimental nature of the album, with which Capitol was intending to inaugurate a stereo branch of its Silver Platter service. (All preceding albums in the series had been monaural items.) To measure the program's potential, a questionnaire meant for the FM stations' managers was included, too. Capitol albums by six particular artists were sampled on this 2LP set: Laurindo Almeida, Nat King Cole, Jackie Gleason, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Nancy Wilson. The front covers of the sampled albums are reproduced in the back of the Silver Platter release, pictured last above. From the Peggy Lee LP Then Was Then, Now Is Now!, three tracks were picked: "The Masquerade Is Over," "Ev'rybody Has The Right To Be Wrong," and "Losers Weepers."



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."  The first issue of the series was released around May of 1962, with Wagner on board right from the project's inception. 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.) 

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 was named Capitol's head of radio and television services in or around April of 1962.  Naturally, Capitol had made incursions into the worlds of radio, television, and film since its foundation in the early 1940s, but the 1962 inauguration of this department represented a more formal and direct effort, with the experienced Wagner at the helm.

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 AM 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;   those targeted and lured played primarily pop-oriented material, rather than rock, country, or rhythm & blues tunes.  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. As shown by the last entry above, an incipient attempt to launch into FM stations was made after five years of success in the AM channels.

Having actually come up with the concept, Jack Wagner continued to serve as the program's announcer even after mid-1966, when he made the decision to return to KHJ as general manager.  Despite having formally resigned from his Capitol post, he was still "retained by Capitol as an independent supplier" (the wording used by a trade article from the period). His position at the label was nominally taken by Al Davis.  Jack (who was, incidentally, the brother of choral director Roger Wagner) did move on as the decade came to a close.  In 1968, he took residence at KNX.  And, from 1970 to 1993, he reached his apex, by becoming a celebrated announcer at Disneyland Park. 

Numbers sung by Peggy Lee appear in many of Silver Platter's 258 (+) 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 nor full specifics: 9-10 (July 1962, catalogue number Pro 2085-2086), 11-12 (July 1962, catalogue number Pro 2097-2098; detailed above, but I am missing the titles of the Lee tracks), 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), 23-24 (probably November 1962, catalogue number Pro 3023-2024; contains Peggy Lee recording of "The Best Is Yet To Come")  29-30 (December 1962, catalogue number Pro 3029-3030; contains Peggy Lee's recording of "The Christmas Waltz"), 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?"), 59-60 (July 1963, Pro 3059-3060, contains Peggy Lee recordings of "Whisper Not" and "As Long as I Live"), 79-80 (November 1963, catalogue number Pro 3079-3080; detailed above, but I am missing the titles of the Lee tracks), 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; I have artwork but do not yet know which Peggy Lee titles are included), 187-188 (February 1966, catalogue number Pro 3187-3188; I have artwork but do not yet know which Peggy Lee titles are included), and 251-252 (June 1967, catalogue number 3251-3252).  Still further: 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; its contents may be from preceding years). 

There are probably even more Silver Platter albums with Lee tracks that have not been listed above, simply because they are currently unknown to me.  As for those listed, I would appreciate receiving any missing information from fellow listeners.