The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Various-Artists Compilations
From Labels Which Had Lee Under Contract
(Capitol Excluded)

by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Jun 11, 2017


Contents And Organization

This miscellaneous page concentrates on multiple-artist compilations which feature vocals by Peggy Lee. There are actually thousands of such compilations. For an explanation of the rationale behind my choices, consult the note at the end of this page.


I. ATLANTIC RECORDS




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1-6. Title: Atlantic Jazz / Format: LP & CS & CD / Pieces: 15 (LP) & 12 (CS) & 12 (CD) / Label: Atlantic - Wea International / Cat. Num.: 7 81712 1 (vinyl configuration, with individual LP albums running from 7 81700 to 7 81711) & 81712 4 (tape configuration, with individual cassettes running from 81700 4 to 81711 4 ) & 81712 2 (digital configuration, individual CDs running from 81700 2 to 81711 2) / Rel. Year: 1986 (LP) & 1987 (CS) & 1990 (CD) / Note: This set consists of 12 volumes. The names of six of the volumes are printed in the set's front cover (image #1) and the other six in the back cover (image #3). For the vinyl configuration (image #2), the 12 volumes comprise 15 LPs because three of them are double albums (Singers, Piano, Soul).

The release year 1986 can be found in all three configurations, but it could be that the original release date is being automatically applied everywhere. Billboard reviewed the original release on its December 6, 1986 issue. The review describes it as a "fifteen-record set" and adds that "the set" is "available in single and double album configurations as well." There is no explicit reference to cassettes and compact discs. Online, various reputable music-selling companies list the cassette set as issued in 1987 (or July 7, 1987) and the CDs in 1990 (or October 25, 1990). In the specific case of the digital configuration, have not come across evidence that the CDs were issued as part of a boxed set. (There are some notable differences between the CDs and the other configurations. See next note.)

Finally, I should clarify that the yellow tint of the copies pictured above is slightly misleading. New copies have a fully white backdrop.





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7 & 8. Title: Singers: Atlantic Jazz / Format: 2LP & CS & CD / Label: Atlantic - Wea international/ Cat. Num.: 7 81706 1 & 81706 4 & 81706 2 / Rel. Year: 1986 (LP) & 1987 (CS) & 1990 (CD) / Note: Part of the project discussed immediately above. Contains Peggy Lee's rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," taken from her 1974 Atlantic album Let's Love. Notice the addition of the artist roster in the front cover of the CD. A more notorious difference pertains to the track listing. Of the 18 tracks in the earlier configurations, seven has been omitted from the CD (numbers from Helen Merrill, Lurlean Hunter, Ann Richards, Nancy Harrow, Joao Gilberto, Vi Redd, and Earl Coleman).





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8 & 9. Title: 20 United Stars Of America / Format: LP / Label: Wea International/ Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) K 58006  & (Germany) 48 008 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's rendition of "Let's Love," from the original album of the same title. A copy of the British edition of the album is shown first, a copy of the German edition last.





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10 & 11. Title: What A Wonderful World; Timeless Ballads / Label: Reader's Digest / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Cat. Num.: Sst 104860 (also U04023UU) / Rel Year: 2004 / Note: This Reader's Digest anthology features "Always."

General Note: To my knowledge, "Always," "Let's Love,"" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" are the only selections from Lee's Atlantic output to have ever been featured in various-artists compilations.


II. CHESKY RECORDS





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1. Title: Chesky Records Promotional Sampler / Format: CD / Label: Chesky / Cat. Num.:none / Rel. Year: not given; probably 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's late-in-life re-recordings of "Moments Like This" and "Remind Me." Earlier interpretations of both numbers had appeared in her 1960 Capitol LP Pretty Eyes. Another version of "Moments Like This" had appeared in the 1961LP Basin Street East Proudly Presents Miss Peggy Lee. Yet another version, also done for Capitol, surfaced in the CD era. There are at least two Chesky Records promotional samplers that use the exact same front cover shown above. This particular sampler features tracks from Chesky CDs whose catalogue numbers fall between 67 and 91. The tracks in the other sampler are from Chesky CD issues numbered between 51 and 67.

2. Title: Jazz For A Literary Mind / Format: CD / Label: Chesky / Cat. Num.: Jd 191 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's late-in-life re-recordings of Cole Porter's "Do I Love You" and her own composition "I Don't Know Enough About You," taken from her 1993 album Moments Like This. Lee had previously sung both numbers at various stages of her long career, both on radio and on record. What's more, she had recorded versions of these two numbers for both Capitol and Decca.

3. Title: Jazz Sexy / Format: CD / Label: Chesky / Cat. Num.: Jd 261 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's late-in-life re-recording of "Remind Me," from her 1993 album Moments Like This. She had first recorded this number in 1960, for her Capitol album Pretty Eyes.

4. Title: Live From Studio A / Format: CD / Label: Chesky / Cat. Num.: Jd 320 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's late-in-life re-recording of "Why Don't You Do Right?," from her 1993 album Moments Like This. She had previously recorded this number for both Capitol and, with The Benny Goodman Orchestra, Columbia. Incidentally, the title of this various-artists CD is a reference to the fact that Chesky recorded most of the artists that it signed in RCA's studio A. Such was not the case, however, for Lee's vocals, recorded instead at BMG Studios -- a fact that the CD omits.

General Note: To my knowledge, the only selections from Lee's Chesky output to have ever been included in various-artists compilations are the quartet mentioned above ("Moments Like This," "Do I Love You," "Remind Me," and "I Don't Know Enough About You."


III. A SAMPLING FROM COLUMBIA RECORDS (AND LICENSEES)





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1. Title: Paul Whiteman Selects Records For The Millions / Format: 78-rpm Album / Label: Columbia / Cat. Num.: C 163 / Rel. Year: 1948 / Note: Includes the number "On The Sunny Side Of The Street," recorded by The Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1941, with vocal chorus sung by Peggy Lee. This album also includes a version of the same song by The Claude Thornhill Orchestra; the two versions are actually on the same album disc (Co 38219).

2. Title: The Girl Friends / Format: LP / Label: Harmony / Cat. Num.: H 7148 / Rel. Year: 1959 / Note: Includes the standard "The Way You Look Tonight," recorded by Peggy Lee with The Benny Goodman Sextet in 1942. During the LP era, Harmony was a budget subsidiary of Columbia Records. There is a companion Harmony album called The Boyfriends (H 7147).

3. Title: The Hot Canaries ("House Party" Series) / Format: 10" LP / Label: Columbia / Cat. Num.: Cl 2534 / Rel. Year: 1955 / Note: Includes the number "Let's Do It," recorded by The Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1941, with vocal choruses sung by Peggy Lee .





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4. Title: Great Ladies Of Song / Format: CD / Label: Sony Music Special Products / Cat. Num.: A 22132 (7989 22132 2) / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: This Sony project leased Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Love Letters." She is one of the four singers depicted in the front cover. (Unlike Lee, the other three singers portrayed were Columbia recording stars during part or most of their solo careers.)

5. Title: Vocalists ("70 Oz. Of Big Band" Series) / Format: CD / Label: PPI Entertainment Group / Cat. Num.: 9125 2 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes the Duke Ellington standard "I Got It Bad," as recorded by The Benny Goodman Orchestra with Peggy Lee in 1941, when the song was brand new. It became Peggy Lee's first nationwide chart hit. This Public Domain issue is worth mentioning not for its inclusion of the song (widely available in official releases from the Sony family of labels) but for the curious drawing on the cover. The drawn singer is Peggy Lee, even though her attire has been updated to suit the sartorial tastes of the neo-swing era.

6. Title: The Music Of Your Life / Format: LP / Label: CBS Special Products - Al Ham Productions / Cat. Num.: Pm 16907 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Golden Earrings," leased by Capitol for this Columbia project. According to some sources, this album was the first one issued in the "Music Of Your Life" series. It might have also been issued on cassette.





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7. Title: Christmas With The Big Bands / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Cbs Special Products / Cat. Num.: 17817 / Rel. Year: 1984 (CS, LP) & 1992 (CD; date found online; could be a re-pressing instead of the original CD date) / Note: Includes the Peggy Lee - Art Lund duet "Winter Weather," a 1941 recording by The Benny Goodman Orchestra. The take heard in this issue is actually an alternate which, as of 2011, is not available in any other commercial issue.

8. Title: Classic Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Sony Music & Universal Music Special Products / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: 49703 (also 0 96741 27712 2) / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca master "Little Jack Frost, Get Lost."

9. Title: A Classic Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Sony / Cat. Num.: 8 8697 97323 2 2 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Showcases Peggy Lee in two of her Capitol masters, "Happy Holiday" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."

10. Title: Croon And Swoon; A Classic Christmas, Volume 1 / Format: CS & CD / Label: Sony & Relativity / Cat. Num.: A 33857 (also 0 88561 1634 2 0) / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol version of "The Christmas Waltz."

11. Title: A Classic Christmas / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: Sony / Cat. Num.: 8 8725 46341 2 6 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Note: Features Peggy Lee on two recordings from her Capitol catalogue, "The Christmas Waltz" and "Winter Wonderland."

12. Title: A Classic Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Sony / Cat. Num.: 8 8697 90565 2 7 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's version of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." Hell might have a fresh circle in reserve for the producers of these CDs at Sony: there are still more of them bearing the hackneyed title A Classic Christmas (e.g., a 2004 3CD anthology of classical material). Fortunately (for me), those other Sony compilations do not have Peggy Lee tracks.


IV. A SAMPLING FROM DECCA RECORDS (AND LICENSEES)





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1. Title: Selections From The Musical Production Kismet / Format: EP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: Ed 2117 / Rel. Year: 1953 / Note: The four acts shown in the cover of this EP sing numbers from the Broadway musical Kismet, which premiered on the year in which this album was released. Peggy Lee's rendition of "Baubles. Bangles And Beads" became a chart hit.

2. Title: Hit Parade / Format: EP / Label: Brunswick / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom & Germany) Oe 9340 / Rel. Year: 1957 / Note: This early compilation includes Peggy Lee's hit recording of "Mr. Wonderful." So far, I have not found evidence of an American counterpart to this album.





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3. Title: The Feminine Touch ("Music For The Boy Friend" Series) / Format: EP & LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: Ed 2401 & Dl 8316 / Rel. Year: 1955 / Note: includes two Peggy Lee vocals, "How Bitter, My Sweet" and "Ooh, That Kiss." The rest of the tracks are by other female vocalists. In the LP, those other vocalists are Gloria DeHaven, Joanne Gilbert, Pat Kirby, Carmen McRae, and Jeri Southern. As for EP Wd 2401, it contains only the tracks by Peggy Lee and Pat Kirby; I assume the existence of two additional, separate Decca EPs, covering the work of the other four songstresses, but have not actually found confirmation for my assumption. I do have confirmation, on the other hand, for Decca released of another eP called The Feminine Touch, that one featuring not vocalists but pianists (Cleo Brown, Dorothy Donegan, Ann Jenkins, Hazel Scott, and Mary Lou Williams). Could it be that both instrumental and vocals EPs were part of a Decca (sub-)series titled The Feminine Touch? Though this is certainly a possibility, so far I have found no evidence of other albums bearing the same title. Meanwhile, plenty of evidence supports the notion that the Ed 2401 and Dl 8316 were part of a Decca series named "Music For The Boy Friend." All the front covers of that series feature pinup girl drawings by George Petty. The drawings had originally appeared in Esquire magazine, back in the 1930s. The Feminine Touch is the only volume that contains Peggy Lee tracks.

4 & 5. Foreign LP editions of item #3. Picture #4 shows the Brazilian pressing (Decca Slp 7786), picture #5 the British pressing (Brusnwick Lat 11805).





6. Title: Around The Christmas Tree / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: Dl 9056 / Rel. Year: 1957 / Note: Decca issued at least two versions of this LP, both with the same title and front cover but different catalogue numbers and different artists. Peggy Lee's rendition of "Ring Those Christmas" appears only in one LP version -- the one seen in the first image, with catalogue number Dl 9056. During my years of visiting used record stores, I came across Dl 9056 only once. One the other hand, I repeatedly came upon the other version, which bears catalogue number Dl 38170. Back then, I was less well informed and thus a bit confused. Having seen Dl 9056 only once, I ended up wondering if I had just imagined its existence. I would like to credit blogger Ernie (Not Bert) for being the first to clarify the matter online, in the December 5, 2007 entry of his blog.

7. Cat. Num.: Dl 38170 / Rel. Year: 1959 / Note: For details about this LP, which does not feature Peggy Lee, see entry #14. Notice the most obvious difference between the two front covers: this one does not list the artists.

8. Title: Around The Christmas Tree / Format: LP / Label: Ace Of Hearts / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ah 25 / Rel. Year: around 1965 / Note: British reissue of Decca Dl 9056 (item #6 above).





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9. Title: Top Tunes By Top Artists, Volume 1 / Format: 10" LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: Dl 5421 / Rel. Year: 1952 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Be Anything (But Be Mine)."

10. Title: Golden Oldies, Volume 2 / Format: LP / Label: MCA Special Products - Astor Radios, Radioprograms And Television / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Map 4695 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Mister Wonderful."

11. Title: Golden Hits / Format: LP / Label: Decca Custom / Cat. Num.: Dl 734399 / Rel. Year: unknown; probably around 1965 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "I'm Glad There Is You."





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12. Title: The Original Hit Performances! The Early Fifties / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: Dl 4004 / Rel. Year: 1959 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit rendition of "Lover." Part of a series called The Original Hit Performances, which initiated the label's numerical 4000 sequence, and which covered Decca hits chronologically from the 1930s to the 1950s, as well as separate sues dedicated to rhythm & blues, and country.

13. Title: The Original Hit Performances, Volume 2 (1946-1963) / Format: LP / Label: Decca Mca Victor / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vim 11 13 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit rendition of "Lover."

14. Title: The Original Hit Performances, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Dics: 2 / Label: Decca Mca Victor/ Cat. Num.: (Japan) Mvcm 32013 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit rendition of "Lover." Presumed to be a CD edition of the preceding item.





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15 & 16. Title: Mood In Golden Hit Numbers / Format: LP / Label: Decca Kenshu / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Sk 401 & Sk 409 / Rel. Year: 1969 / Note: These two gatefold albums are part of a series; there were at least 16 volumes. Volume I (spotlighting a blonde on its cover) includes Peggy Lee's version of "Johnny Guitar." Volume IX (featuring a redhead on its cover) offers Lee's version of "Autumn In Rome." According to the print on the label of the vinyl for volume I: "planning & editing by Kenshu-Shuppan Co Ltd."





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17. Title: Memories Of Hits / Format: LP / Label: Decca / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Jdl 2108 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's cult favorite "Johnny Guitar."

18-20. Title: Golden Jazz Favorites ("Super Deluxe" Series) / Format: LP / Discs: 2 / Label: Mca 9192 & Mca 9193 / Cat. Num.: (Japan) / Rel. Year: 1973 / Note: This set's 24 tracks are divided between eight Decca artists (pictured in the first and second of the three images above), from each of which three selections are heard. Peggy Lee's selections are "Black Coffee," "Just One Of Those Things," and "Love Me Or Leave Me." The artists pictured in the back cover are Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. (The face of the latter is hidden by the obi.)





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21. Title: Autumn Leaves / Format: 8-Track & LP / Volumes: 2 / Label: Brookville - MCA Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 13173 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit version of "Mr. Wonderful."

22. Title: Do It With Music / Format: LP / Label: Gleem Paints - Decca [Special Markets] / Cat. Num.: Dl 34106 / Rel. Year: unknown; post 1960 / Note: Opens with Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and continues with solo versions of "Hooray For Love" and "Frenesí" by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, respectively. Side one is dedicated to vocals, side two to instrumentals. A custom-made or Special Markets product, though the cover identifies it as just a Decca item. The back cover includes the caveat "this album is not for sale. It is available only in accordance with terms of special offer from dealers of Gleem Paints."

23. Title: Smiles / Format: LP / Label: MCA Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Dl 734609 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Rechanneled stereo. Contains Peggy Lee's rendition of "Just One Of Those Things."





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24. Title: The Legendary Songs Of Cole Porter / Format: CD / Label: Universal MCA / Cat. Num.: Mcbd 19533 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes 3 Peggy Lee vocals, "Do I Love You?" (Decca version), "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "It's All Right With Me."

25. Title: Stardust; The Classic Decca Hits And Standards Collection / Format: CS & CD / Volumes: 2 / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: 11120 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: This company retrospective includes Peggy Lee's 1952 hit recording of "Lover."

26. 'S Wonderful; The Great Gershwin Decca Songbook / Format: CD / Label: MCA Universal / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mcad 11816 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca version of "Somebody Loves Me."





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27. Title: A Christmas Treasury Of Classic Ladies / Format: CS & CD / Label: MCA Special Products / Cat. Num.: Mcac 20782 & Mcad 20782 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes two Peggy Lee vocals, "Ring Those Christmas Bells" and "It's Christmas Time Again."

28. Title: The Joy Of Christmas Past ("Gold Encore" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: GRP / Cat. Num.: Grc 9796 & Grd 9796 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes two Peggy Lee vocals, "Ring Those Christmas Bells" and "Peace On Earth - Silent Night." This is the only compilation known to include the latter, a number originally issued in Peggy Lee's album Songs From Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp. Bought by MCA in the 1990s, GRP was originally an independent label, co-founded by Dave Grusin.

29. Christmas By The Fire / Format: CDVD / Label: Somerset Entertainment - Universal Music Group / Cat. Num.: (Canada) 0 96741 51125 7 / Rel. Year: 2013 / Note: One of at least two holiday CD-DVD combos commissioned by Somerset from Universal (holders of the Decca catalogue) for retail at department stores abroad. The DVD portion of this release describes its audiovisual contents as "peaceful fireside footage accompanied by a relaxing holiday jazz soundtrack." The CD portion consists of 17 tracks, including Peggy Lee's rendition of "Ring Those Christmas Bells." See also the CDVD Classic Christmas Songbook, detailed below.





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30. Title: Swing Into Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Universal Music Special Products / Cat. Num.: 7 18236 90012 3 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Ring Those Christmas Bells."

31. Title: Christmas Belles / Format: CD / Label: Somerset Group & Universal / Cat. Num.: B0005172 02 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Ring Those Christmas Bells."

32. Classic Christmas Songbook / Format: CDVD / Label: Somerset Group - Universal Music Group / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 60287 (0 96741 44352) / Rel. Year: 2013 / Note: When placed either on a TV or a computer, the DVD portion of this release shows the image of a fireplace scene and offers three soundtrack options, named "Christmas Piano Favorites," "Classical Compositions," and "Natural Crackling Fireplace." The CD part of this DVD-CD combo contains 18 songs, including Peggy Lee's version of "Ring Those Christmas Bells" as its closer. (Other similar CDVDs are Christmas By The Fire, already profiled above, and Christmas Classics By The Fire, released by Emi Music Special Markets at Wal-Mart and Best Buy stores in 2009.)






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33. Just One Of Those Things; The Songs Of Cole Porter / Format: CS & CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mclc 19231 & Mcld 19231 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca versions of Porter's "It's All Right With Me" and "Do I Love You."

34. It's A Big Great World; The Songs Of Harry Warren / Format: CS & CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mclc 19232 & Mcld 19232 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's version of Warren's "Ooh That Kiss."

35. Blue Skies; The Songs Of Irving Berlin / Format: CS & CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mclc 19233 & Mcld 19233 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's version of Berlin's "Love, You didn't Do Right By Me."

36. When The World Was Young; The Songs Of Johnny Mercer / Format: CS & CD / Label: MCA / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Mclc 19235 & Mcld 19235 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's version of the album's titular song.

Note: Shown above are all five volumes from a British MCA series entitled The Songs Of. Note that the last one (You'll Never Walk Alone; The Songs Of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Mclc & Mcld 19234) has no Peggy Lee tracks. I have included its picture for illustrative purposes only.





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37. Title: Jazz Ladies / Format: CD / Label: Jazzclub & Verve Universal / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 06024 9837444 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "They Can't Take That Away From Me."

38. Title: Jazz Dining / Format: CD / Label: Jazzclub & Verve Universal / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 06024 9837446 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Black Coffee."

39. Title: Jazz For Broken Hearts / Format: CD / Label: Jazzclub & Verve Universal / Cat. Num.: (Germany) 06024 9847969 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "A Woman Alone With The Blues." I have also found this item listed as UCCM 4070, a numerical identification which suggests that this Verve series was also issued in Japan, possibly earlier than in Germany or Europe. The Jazzclub imprint could be exclusive to Europe, however. Incidentally, there are many other CD volumes in this series, some of them dedicated to just one artist (e.g., Count Basie, Chick Corea, Nina Simone).


V. A SAMPLING FROM DISNEY RECORDS





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1. Title: The Best Of Disney / Format: LP / Label: BBC / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Reh.217 / Rel. Year: 1975 / Note: I have not listened to this issue. The track listing at hand clearly indicates that "He's A Tramp" is included, but the titles of the other numbers are not as clear. Since this album features an abundance of tracks (total: 27), it is possible that "The Siamese Cat Song" is among the rest.

2. Title: Walt Disney's Original Soundtrack Collection, Vol. 2 / Format: LP / Label: Pickwick / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Hm 907 / Rel. Year: unknown, possibly between 1975 and 1977 / Note: According to data found in various online sites, this LP contains Peggy Lee's original soundtrack versions of "He's A Tramp" and "The Siamese Cat Song." Also included is the soundtrack version of the Lee composition "Bella Notte," sung by George Givot. There were at least 4 volumes in this series, running from Hm 906 to Hm 909. The other three volumes do not include songs from Lady And The Tramp. All four volumes are likely to have been issued after Pickwick (a label of American origin) was bought by Polygram Records (essentially an European company with branches in the United States).

3. Title: The Best Of Disney, Volume 1 / Format: LP / Label: Disneyland / Cat. Num.: 2502 / Rel. Year: 1978 / Note: I need corroboration that the version of "The Siamese Cat Song" in this album is sung by Peggy Lee. (Some Disney releases use re-recordings of the original soundtrack versions.) In addition to this volume, there is a volume 2, numbered 2503, which does not include any Lee tracks. Notice that, although the title and the artwork are basically shared with the BBC album herein identified as item #1, the track listings are different.





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4. Title: The Disney Collection, Volume 1 / Format: CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: Pccd 00002 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's soundtrack rendition of "The Siamese Cat Song." Also released by Disney in Asia.

5. Title: The Disney Collection, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: Pccd 00003 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's soundtrack rendition of "He's A Tramp." Contains George Givot's soundtrack vocal of "Bella Notte," too. Also released by Disney in Asia.

6. Title: The Disney Collection, Volume 2 / Format: LP & CS & CD / Label: Pickwick / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Dst cd 454 [UPN 5 017310 245422] / Rel. Year: 1988 / Note: According to data found in online sites, this CD contains Peggy Lee's original soundtrack versions of "He's A Tramp" and "The Siamese Cat Song." I have also seen online the track listings of volumes 1 and 3: they do not include any Lee tracks, nor does volume #1 seem to bear any connection to item #5 above.

7. Title: The Disney Collection, Volume 2 / Format: CS & CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: 60817 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: According to data found online, the track listing of this CD is identical to that of item #6. If the given release years of the two issues are correct, then item #7 is an American reissue of item #6, which is a British issue. (However, we should not discard the possibility that the opposite could be true: the British issue could be the reissue. Although the release date of item #7 is given online as 10/25/90, an earlier pressing could have been left unmentioned, or the 1990 date could refer to a wide commercial release for an item that Disney might had been previously selling exclusively in its own stores.)





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8. Title: The Disney Collection, Volume 1 / Format: CD / Label: EMI - Walt Disney / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 60816 2 / Rel. Year: 1990 (reissued 2006) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition of "The Siamese Cat Song." I have also seen the track listings of volumes 2, 3, and 4; there are no Lee vocals in any of them. I do wonder about the accuracy of this issue's catalogue number, which I found in online sites. The catalogue number would seem to indicate that this item and item #6 are volumes 1 and 2 of the same series, yet the items' respective front covers show that such is not the case. A conciliatory explanation would be that the 1990 and 2006 editions of this CD might bear different artwork. This red Mickey artwork could belong to the 2006 edition only.

9. Title: The Very Best Of Disney / Format: CS & CD / Label: Pickwick - Disney / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Discd 471 [CD] / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition of "He's A Tramp." Also includes the original soundtrack interpretation of "Bella Notte," sung by George Givot.

10. Title: The Best Disney Album In The World ... Ever! / Format: CD / Volumes: 3 / Label: Circa - Virgin - Disney - EMI International / Cat. Num.: Vtdcd 819 (also 09463731122) / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's original soundtrack versions of "He's A Tramp" and "The Siamese Cat Song."





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11. Title: Classic Disney, Volume V; 60 Years Of Musical Magic / Format: CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: 8606487 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition of "He's A Tramp." Sold both separately and in boxed sets. One sets contains all 5 volumes, whereas another includes 3 of them.

12. Title: Disney's Greatest, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: 00500 860694 7 7 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition of "He's A Tramp."

13. Title: Disney's Greatest, Volume 3 / Format: CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: 00500 860788 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition of "The Siamese Cat Song."





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14. Title: Disney's The Jazz Collection / Format: CD / Label: Pickwick / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) unknown / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes "He's A Tramp," presumably in Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition. 15 tracks.

15. Title: Café Disney / Format: CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Avcw 1297 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Includes one Peggy Lee vocal, "La La Lu." Also contains two other numbers written by Lee, "He's A Tramp" and "Bella Notte," but the versions on this CD are not sung by her.

16. Title: Disney's Jazz Collection / Format: CD / Label: Disney / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Pkd 6048; also Pccd 00030 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: Includes "He's A Tramp," presumably in Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition. Same label as item #6 above, but consists of only 12 tracks. (All but one of the 12 tracks are found in both items.) Might have been simultaneously released in various countries, including Japan, with different catalogue numbers. May have been originally released on LP, in 1967.

17. Title: Big Band & Swing ("Disney's Jazz Album" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Avex / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Avcw 12595 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's original soundtrack rendition of "He's A Tramp." Also includes the original soundtrack interpretation of "Bella Notte," sung by George Givot. 22 tracks; includes about 8 of the same 12 tracks found in item # 7. Two other titles in this series are Big Band Now, which does not feature Lee tracks; and Jumpin' & Jive, which features "He's A Tramp" in a version sung not by Peggy Lee but by Teri York.


VI. DRG RECORDS





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Quiet Please, There's A Diva On Stage; A Collection Of Broadway Divas / Format: CD / Label: DRG / Cat. Num.: 2000 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's 1979 rendition of "Just One Of Those Things," from her album Close Enough For Love. This is the only song from that album to ever be available on a commercial anthology. Lee earlier recording of the song (for Decca, in 1952) is far more disseminated in the realm of compilations.

General Note: I am not aware of any other various-compilations featuring material from Lee's DRG catalogue.


VII. MUSICMASTERS RECORDS





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: MusicMasters Jazz Sampler / Format: CD / Label: MusicMasters / Cat. Num.: 65064 2 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's 1988 interpretation of "You Don't Know," from her album Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues. Lee had previously recorded the song for Capitol in 1957, 1958 and 1966.

2. Title: Prime Time; Giants Of Jazz In Their Prime / Format: CD / Label: MusicMasters' The Jazz Foundations / Cat. Num.: D 126466 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's 1988 rendition of "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," from her album Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues.

3. Title: Exclusively Yours; Jazz Heritage Romances / Format: CD / Label: Jazz Heritage / Cat. Num.: 65064 2 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's 1988 interpretation of "Squeeze Me" (from her album Miss Peggy Lee Sings The Blues) as well as two renditions from her 1990 album There'll Be Another Spring; The Peggy Lee Songbook: "Fever" and "Boomerang." Jazz Heritage was one of MusicMasters's sister labels.

General Note: To my knowledge, the three above-listed CDs are the only various-artists compilations to have ever featured material from Lee's MusicMasters catalogue. There could be, however, qualifying Japanese anthologies of which I have yet to become aware.


VIII. POLYDOR RECORDS




Items Shown:

1. Title: Prima Donna ("The Definitive Collection; 16 Indimenticabili Interpretazioni Al Feminile") / Format: CD / Label: Verve Polygram / Cat. Num.: (Italy) 553 984 2 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "I'm Not In Love."

2. Title: Fly Me To The Moon; A Collection of Diva Classics / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 7345 4902 (Ms 4902) / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "Misty."

3. Title: Voices Of Jazz; A Collection Of Timeless Jazz Classics / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Cmd 007 / Release Year: 2007 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "What I Did For Love," from her 1977 Polydor album Peggy.








Artwork Shown:

4. Title: The Unforgetables ("Unutulamayanlar" Series, Dizisi 3") / Format: LP / Label: Metro / Cat. Num.: (Turkey) 1014 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's interpretation of "Misty." To my knowledge, this item is the only various-artists LP to ever include any track from the 1977 Polydor album Peggy. For that reason, I have decided to include it here for that reason, even if it is a Public Domain item. For the benefit of curious readers, I have also included images of the other album with Lee tracks in this Turkish series Dizisi #2 features "Fever" (a Cspitol recording), dizisi #4 "Johnny Guitar" (a Decca recording) and dicisi #5 "Mañana" (another Capitol recording). Probably dating from the 1980s or 1970s, The Unforgetables [sic] series used electronically created stereo.

General Note: All four main above-listed items contain tracks from the 1977 LP Peggy. To my knowledge, there are no other various-artists compilations with tracks from that Polydor album, which was finally reissued on CD in 2016, as part of the CD/DVD set Live In London.


Contents And Organization

This miscellaneous page concentrates on multiple-artist compilations which feature vocals by Peggy Lee. There are actually thousands of such compilations. The ones which I have chosen to highlight share the fact that they are official releases, not bootleg or Public Domain issues. (A couple of exceptions have been allowed.) During the selection process, I took into consideration a variety of factors, including each compilation's relevance as a record company retrospective, and also the extent to which the compilation acknowledged Peggy Lee's importance within the company's roster. Factors such as rarity and aesthetic appeal were taken into account, too. As for the page's organization, each of its sections deals with a set of compilations from one of the labels to which Lee was contracted at one point or another of her career. Namely: Atlantic, Chesky, Columbia, Decca, Disney, DRG, MusicMasters, and Polydor. Due to the large number of worthwhile anthologies on Capitol Records, that label has been excluded fro the present page, and will be covered separately instead, over four full pages. Also covered in a separate page: anthologies from retail companies and institutions such as Smithsonian, Pottery Barn, and Reader's Digest, whose releases often consist of tracks licensed from multiple record labels.