The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Various-Artists Compilations
From Specialized Labels (Rhino, Smithsonian, Target, Others)
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Nov 30, 2016


Contents And Organization

The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography contains seven galleries of various-artist compilations.  One gallery features Christmas albums only.  Four of them concentrate on Capitol-Emi material, which is particularly abundant.  Naturally, compilations were also released by other record labels to which Lee was contract as well, and those are covered in a sixth gallery.  As for this seventh gallery, it culls compilation material from companies that did not have Peggy Lee under contract, but instead licensed the singer's tracks from labels such as Capitol-Emi and Decca-Mca. There are actually many such licensees.  Those which I have selected for inclusion have either sampled liberally from Lee's catalogue or piqued my interest due to their album product's artwork, track listing, and/or stated mission.  

Here is a list of the chosen companies and organizations:  Kohl's Care For Kids (section I), K-Tel (II), Longines Symphonette (III), American Express ("Make Believe Ballroom" series, IV), Marks & Spencer (V), Dominik Media's ("Nicky The Cat" series, VI), Pottery Barn (VII), Reader's Digest (VIII), Rhino (IX & X), Shout! Factory (XI), Smithsonian (XII & XIII), The Society Of Singers (XIV), Starbucks (XV), Target (XVI), Time-Life (XVII), and Village Music ("Dames & Divas Sing" series, XVIII).  I should point out that a few of these outfits seem to have shifted to a Public Domain model once copyright laws allowed them to do so.  Hence a few Public Domain compilations have creeped into this gallery, though the bulk of the page's contents still comes, by far, from licensed companies.


I. KOHL'S CARE FOR KIDS




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1 & 2. Title: Summer Cool; Classic Tunes For Summer Times / Format: CD / Label: Kohl's Care For Kids - Emi Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 72435 77579 2 8 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever."





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3. Title: Songs Of The Season / Format: CD / Label: Kohl's Care For Kids - Emi Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 72435 34837 2 2 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Happy Holiday." (Most other holiday CDs are listed in this discography's Christmas page, but exceptions have been made for a few serialized items, including this and the next one.)

4 & 5. Title: Song Of The Season; Rejoyce / Format: CD / Label: Kohl's Cares For Kids - Emi Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 72435 41719 2 5 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Winter Wonderland."

6. Title: Live From Las Vegas / Format: CD / Label: Kohl's Care For Kids - Emi Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 7243 8 73517 2 1 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Big Spender."

General Note: These CDs are from the charity sub-division of the department chainstore Kohl's. The sub-division purports to "support kids' health and education" and help with "environmental initiatives nationwide and women's health in Wisconsin, specifically the fight against breast cancer." The back cover of all these releases stipulate that "net profits are donated to children's hospitals."


II. K-TEL




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1. Title: The First Ladies Of Swing / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3725 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee interpretations of "The Lady Is A Tramp" and "From This Moment On."

2. Title: The Divas At Christmas (K-Tel Presents) / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3849 (also 669366) / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes The Benny Goodman Orchestra's version of "Winter Weather," featuring Peggy Lee and Art Lund on vocals.

3. Title: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3895 (also 669391) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "The Christmas Spell."





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4. Title: Great Ladies Of Jazz / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 22775 539 2 2 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's interpretation of "Alright, Okay, You Win."

5 & 6. Title: Great Ladies Of Jazz II / Format: CD & CS / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 22775 603 2 2 & 2275 602 3 4 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit version of "Fever."





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7. Title: Forty Mania / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3582 (5020959 358224) / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes the Peggy Lee - Woody Herman radio broadcast duet "(Up) A Lazy River."

8. Title: The Ladies Of Swing / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3290 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: This 18-track collection includes Peggy Lee's radio broadcast versions of "(Up) A Lazy River" (a duet with Woody Herman), "On The Sunny Side of The Street" (also a duet with Herman), and "Somebody Loves Me" (a solo perfromance).

9. Title: Moments To Remember; 25 Unforgettable Love Songs / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3586 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes a Peggy Lee radio broadcast version of "These Foolish Things." In earlier years, K-Tel also released an unrelated 2LP set called Moments To Remember, with no Lee tracks in it.





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10 & 11. Title: 40 Wonderful Memories / Format: LP / Discs: 2 / / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 2Tn 1061 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Note: Includes a Peggy Lee interpretation of "Alright, Okay, You Win." As can be seen above, this album was apparently reissued at least once. Her name is misspelled as "Peggie" in the issue's back over.

12. Title: Best of Kansas City / Format: CS & CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 022775 3271 2 0 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: This interesting item gathers together ten interpretations of the Leiber & Stoller song "Kansas City" (aka "K. C. Lovin' "), including the 1952 original by Little Willie Littlefield and the 1959 hit by Wilbert Harrison. Peggy Lee is the only female artist in the collection.

13. Title: Great Italian Love Songs / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel & Select-O / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3978 (also Ecd 3647) / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Chi Baba Chi Baba (My Bambino, Go To Sleep)." Earlier, during the vinyl era, K-Tel had also released an unrelated LP titled Great Italian Love Songs (catalogue number Ne 303), with no Lee tracks in it.






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14. Title: It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3778 (also 35462) / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit "Mañana."

15. Title: All That Jazz / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Discs: 3 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3525 (also Ecd 3821, a 2003 reissue) / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes two numbers featuring Peggy Lee, "(Up) A Lazy River" (a duet with Woody Herman) and "Why Don't You Do Right."

16. Title: The Lighter Side Of Jazz (K-Tel Presents) / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3804 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's hit re-interpretation of "Lover."





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17. Title: The Swing Girls / Format: CS & CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Emc 2326 & Ecd 3326 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: This 25-track collection includes Peggy Lee's radio broadcast versions of "(Up) A Lazy River" (a duet with Woody Herman) and "Somebody Loves Me." It is actually an expanded reissue of the 1996 K-Tel collection The Ladies Of Swing. All but one of the 18 tracks in the 1996 release are carried over to this 1997 CD. The sole exception is the Peggy Lee - Woody Herman duet "On The Sunny Side Of The Street."

18. Title: Memory Lane / Format: CD / Discs: 10 / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 9991 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee solo versions of the songs "Lover," "Love Letters" and "The Surrey With The Fringe On The Top." Also features one of her duets with Mel Tormé, "The Old Master Painter."

19. Title: Moonlight Memories / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3329 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes "The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea (Last Night)," a duet number sung by Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby.





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20. Title: Christmas Past; A Yuletide Journey Down Memory's Lane (K-Tel Presents) / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3756 (also 048572 020000) / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes The Benny Goodman Orchestra's version of "Winter Weather," featuring Peggy Lee and Art Lund on vocals.

21. Title: Showtime; A Star-Studded Tribute To The Great Musicals / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 760382 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee interpretations of "Bali Ha'i" and "The Surrey With The Fringe On The Top."

22. Title: Eternity / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3335 (also Ecd 3820) / Rel. Year: 1999 (also 2003) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's interpretation of "Let There Be Love." It seems that this set was issued twice. The above-seen cover belongs to the 2003 edition. The 1999 edition does not feature any illustration (nor photo) in its front cover.

23. Title: The Two Of Us; 18 Golden Duets / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3875 (also 669526) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes the Peggy Lee - Mel Tormé hit duet version of "The Old Master Painter."





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24. Title: After Dark; A Complete Hour Of Late Night Blues / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3685 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee interpretations of "Blues In The Night" (with The Benny Goodman Orchestra) and "Don't Smoke In Bed."

25. Title: Love For Sale / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3680  / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "That Old Feeling" and "Don't Blame Me."

26. Title: Stars In Heaven / Format: CD / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ecd 3868 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes one Peggy Lee number, "It's All Over Now."

27. Title: The Love Album / Format: LP / Label: K-Tel / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands)  Cn 0201 / Rel. Year:1981 / Note: Features Peggy Lee's iconic interpretation of "is That All There Is."



III. LONGINES SYMPHONETTE'S BOXED COMPILATIONS




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1. Title: Golden Hits Of Memory Lane ("The Years To Remember" Series) / Label: Longines Symphonette Society / Format: LP / Pieces: 3 / Cat. Num.: Sys 5359 and Sys 5361 (also Ls 13h 4) / Rel. Year: ca. 1971 / Note: This boxed set consists of three LPs (Sys 5359, Sys 5360, Sys 5361) and a 16-page booklet. It contains Peggy Lee's Decca recordings of "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" and "Lover."

2. Title: Broadway Yesterday ("The Years To Remember" Series) / Format: LP / Label: Longines Symphonette Society / Pieces: 3 / Cat. Num.: Sys 5363 / Rel. Year: ca. 1971 / Note: This boxed set consists of three LPs (Sys 5352, Sys 5363, Sys 5364) and a 16-page booklet. It features Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "It's All Right With Me."

3. Title: All-Time Hit Parade ("The Years To Remember" Series) / Label: Longines Symphonette Society / Format: LP / Pieces: 3 / Cat. Num.: Sys 5365 (also Ls 13d 4) Rel. Year: 1971 / Note: This boxed set consists of three LPs (Sys 5365, Sys 5366, Sys 5367) and a 16-page booklet. It includes Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "There's A Small Hotel." On a different note, I am aware of three other sets from this "Years To Remember" series: The War Years, The Big Band Era, and Jukebox Serenade. None of them contain Peggy Lee tracks.

4. Title: Million Dollar Sellers By The Artists Who Made Them Famous, Volume II / Label: Longines Symphonette Society & Capitol Special Products / Format: / Pieces: 3 / Cat. Num.: Sys 5389 (also Sq 93926) / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Mañana." One of three LP volumes (Mds Vr 93925-93927), which nowadays are often found separately for sale.





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5. Title: Starsongs; The Moods Of Love / Format: LP / Label: Longines Symphonette Society / Pieces: 7 / Cat. Num.: Ls 318 / Rel. Year: 1974 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Don't Smoke In Bed," "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Love Song," and "Ill Be Seeing You."

6. Title: Happy Days Are Here Again / Format: LP / Label: Longines Symphonette Society - Decca Special Markets / Pieces: 6 / Cat. Num.: Lw 261-266 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Lover."

7. Title: Those Memory Years / Format: LP / Label: Longines Symphonette Society / Pieces: 6 / Cat. Num.: Lw 541-546 (Ls 121) / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Also contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Lover." Not to be confused with another of the label's sets, called The Memory Years, 1925-1960, which seems to include instrumentals only.

8. Title: Great Vocalists Of The Big Band Era / Format: LP / Label: Longines Symphonette Society / Pieces: 5 / Cat. Num.: Lw 466 (Sy 5207) (Sq 94276) / Rel. Year: / Note: Contains, once again, Lee's "Lover" Decca recording. In the back cover of this set's box, we are told that "a speeding locomotive underlies Peggy Lee's fascinating hit version of" this standard.


IV. "MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM" SERIES, FROM AMERICAN EXPRESS





A General Note About The Make Believe Ballroom Series

One of the most celebrated music disc jockeys in the history of American radio, William B. Williams (seen above in the second image, next to Eydie Gormé and Peggy Lee) took over Martin Bloch's radio show Make Believe Ballroom in 1954, and remained its official host until the 1980s. The man who came up with the nickname "Chairman of the Board" for Frank Sinatra, Williams is also known to have nicknamed Peggy Lee "The Elegant One."

Williams' program was dedicated to the Great American Songbook, and so is this section's extensive collection of album boxes, which happened to come out during the years in which Williams, sadly, became ill and finally passed away (1986). One online report states that there is a total of 100 Make Believe Ballroom boxes, but I do not know if such a claim is true. I have only come across 24. These boxes follow a clear pattern: four LPs or four cassettes, the first pair of them featuring performances licensed from the Columbia/CBS/Sony family, and the second pair from the Capitol/EMI family. In the three exceptions which I have found, all four discs or tapes were entirely dedicated to Capitol tracks (one fully to Frank Sinatra, another to Judy Garland).

These boxes were commissioned by the American Express company, which presumably sent them by mail to its credit card members. They bear the legend "a CBS Special Products service for American Express and Multilingua." I am assuming that, besides lending them his name, Williams had some degree of involvement in their making,.





Volumes With Peggy Lee Vocals:

1. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 1 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: either 2 or 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 1 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Note: Certain details about this set remain unclear to me. Although the data at hand lists only two pieces (i.e., 2 LPs or 2 cassettes), my understanding is that all the sets in this series consist of 4 pieces. The above-given volume number (1) and catalogue number (Mmb 1) should both be deemed tentative, too. The Peggy Lee performance included is "Fever," located in the set's LP Sl 8372, or cassette Sl4x 8372. (As for the catalogue number of the other LP listed in my sources, it is P 17575. The second cassette's number is not given.)

2. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 2 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 2 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "It's A Good Day" (on LP Sl 8388) and "Mañana" (on LP Sl 8389). As with the previous volume, some of my information about this volume is tentative (notably, the volume's number and the set's catalogue number, which could instead be 3 and Mmb 3).

3. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 5 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 5 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Together Wherever We Go," on LP Sl 9083.

4. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 7 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 7 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "As You Desire Me," on LP Sl 9123.

5. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 8 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 8 / Rel. Year: 1985 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "I Believe In You," on LP Sl 9124.





6. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 13 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 13 / Rel. Year: 1985 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Makin' Whoopee" (on cassette 4xl 9298) and "I'm A Woman"(on cassette 4xl 9299).

7. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 14 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 14 / Rel. Year: 1985 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Ridin' High" (on cassette 4xl 9300) and "Jump For Joy" (on cassette 4xl 9301).

8. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 15 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 15 / Rel. Year: 1986 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Love And Marriage," on cassette 4xl 9351.

9. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 16 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 16 / Rel. Year: 1986 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Let's Do It" (on LP P 19000), "Bali Ha'i" (on LP Sl 9353) and "Yes, Indeed" (on LP Sl 9354).

10. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 20 or 21 or 17 or 18 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb __ / Rel. Year: 1987 or 1986 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "I'm Just Wild About Harry" (on cassette 4xl 9441).

11. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 22 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 22 / Rel. Year: 1987 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Lullaby In Rhythm," on cassette 4xl 9565.

12. Title: William B. Williams' Make Believe Ballroom, Volume 23 / Format: CS & LP / Volumes: 4 / Label: CBS Special Products (aka CSP) & Capitol Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Mmb 23 / Rel. Year: 1987 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Don't Smoke In Bed" (on cassette 4xl 9741) and "The Folks Who Live On The Hill" (probably on cassette 4xl 9742).





V. MARKS & SPENCER




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1. Title: Late Night Jazz / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: Ms 4972 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "The Folks Who Live On The Hill."

2. Title: Take It Easy; All-Time Easy Listening Classics / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: Cmd 004 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "The Folks Who Live On The Hill."

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





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4. Title: Christmas Songs / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: Ms 4981 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Happy Holiday."

5. Title: That's Entertainment / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: M 8741 677 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recordings of "Sisters" and "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me." Should not be confused with another Marks & Spencer released of the same title, with a blue-colored front cover and without any Lee tracks.

6. Title: The Cocktail Experience / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: Cmd 021 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Something Stupid."





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7. 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 Polydor interpretation of "Misty," from her 1977 album Peggy.

8. Title: Dinner Jazz / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: Ms 2362 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Easy Living."

9. Title: The Look Of Love / Format: CD / Label: Marks & Spencer / Cat. Num.: Ms 4926 (United Kingdom) / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me."


VI. "NICKY THE CAT" SERIES, FROM DOMINICK MEDIA





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1. Title: Nicky's Jazz For Kids / Format: CD / Label: Dominick Media & Emi Special Music Markets / Cat. Num.: 908 & 72438 75167 2 4/ Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "A Doodlin' Song."

2. Title: Nicky's Jazz Lullabies / Format: CD / Label: Dominick Media & EMI Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 72438 7 5167 2 4 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "This Little Piggy."

3. Title: Nicky's Jazz Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Dominik Media & Emi Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 303936 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Don't Forget To Feed The Reindeer."

General Note About the "Nicky The Cat" series: Nicky The Jazz Cat first became known when he was prominently featured in the 2003 book that bears his name. Conceived by celebrated music photographer Carol Friedman, the book combines smart text for children with photos of Nicky in the company of both musical instruments and music artists such as Roy Eldridge, Lena Horne, and Gerry Mulligan. The critically acclaimed book was followed by another one for smaller children (Baby Cat Nicky) and by the three above-shown CDs, which deserve commendation for their intelligent choice of tunes. Models of good taste, all three CDs have turned out to hold strong appeal for adults and children alike.


VII. POTTERY BARN COMPILATIONS





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1. Title: Dinner At Eight Trilogy / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River / Cat. Num.: 7243 5 42160 2 2 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Quite a few of Pottery Barn's releases, including some of the ones to be listed here, are clearly part of trilogies. They were packaged as such, although each disc appears to have also been sold individually. The release year data at hand suggest that individual discs were issued first, sometimes in different years, with the three-CD packages turning up after the individual discs. For instance, the first CD of the Dinner At Eight Trilogy bears a 1997 release date on its back cover, while commercial online sites give a 2002 to the three-CD package. As will be detailed next, Peggy Lee was incorporated to two of the three discs of this trilogy.

2. Title: Dinner At Eight, Second Course / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Emi Capitol Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb _ & & 7243 5 27828 2 6 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Why Don't You Do Right." This 2000 release is a sequel to the 1997 CD Dinner At Eight, which does not feature Lee.

3. Title: Dinner At Eight, Just Desserts / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Emi Capitol Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb _ & 72435 40350 2 9 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Third and final volume in the series. Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "The Boy From Ipanema."





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4. Title: Supper Club / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb _ & Msd 37263 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Black Coffee."

5. Title: Supper Club II / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Emi Capitol Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb _ & 7243 4 77349 2 2 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Volume II of Pottery Barn's Supper Club sets opens with Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Once Around The Moon." This volume is sold together with the aforementioned volume I, which closes with Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Black Coffee." There might be a third volume and a 3CD package set, but if such is the case, I have yet to find corroboration.

6. Title: RSVP / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb 15 & 314564955 2 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Sugar."

7. Title: Martini Lounge / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Emi Capitol Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb _& 19246 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever."





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8. Title: Dirty Martini / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Emi Capitol Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb 53 & 7243 5 84061 2 2 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "The Alley Cat Song."

9. Title: Welcome, Viva Las Vegas / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Emi Capitol Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb 43 & 7243 5 41938 2 7 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Big Spender."

10. Title: A Fine Romance / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb 038 & 314584129 2 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Hallelujah, I Love Him So."

11. Title: Divas / Format: CD / Label: Pottery Barn - Rock River - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Pb _ & 7243 5 21425 2 1 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "I'm A Woman." The rest of the tracks come from various record companies -- not just from Capitol. Reportedly, Universal is the company credited with track licensing, Emi the company attached to the catalogue number. Since my information on this series comes from online sites of varying reliability, errors are possible.





A General Note About Rock River And Pottery Barn

Rock River Communications was an entertainment consulting firm that focused on music as a marketing strategy. Its inception took place in 1995, when founder Billy Straus talked the home furnishing company Pottery Barn into commissioning a compact disc for the holidays. Straus, based in Vermont, worked in partnership with Jeff Daniel, who served as company president. Daniel, San Francisco-based, is pictured above, around 2004. The firm remained active for at least 14 or 15 years, presumably abandoning the business of CD custom-making due to dwindling demand, as MP3 files took over the music market.

But, back at the beginning in 1995, the very first Pottery Barn disc proved a financial success, selling 15,000 units within its first two weeks. Named A Cool Christmas, it featured tracks licensed from various record labels, including Telarc, BMG, and Sony. A 1996 sequel, naturally called A Cool Christmas, Volume II, featured only EMI tracks and, unlike the first volume, included a Peggy Lee rendition.

In ensuing years, Pottery Barn's other big CD sellers became Margarita Mix, Volume 1 and Margarita Mix, Volume II, both of them commissioned through Rock River as well. Dedicated to Latin American rhythms (the song choices spanning the spectrum, from mambo and salsa to calypso and bossa nova), each of the two Margarita sold over 20,000 units.

According to an article released in 2000, Rock River's clientele paid them around $4 per CD, and sold the discs to customers for about $15. Other well-known brands for which Rock River tailored discs included Williams Sonoma (owners of Pottery Barn), Eddie Bauer, Gap, Restoration Hardware, and Old Navy. Since their CDs seldom featured Peggy Lee tracks, I have not felt that these stores merit their own sections in the present page. A few of their holiday-themed, Rock River-commissioned discs are profiled at the bottom of this discography's gallery of Christmas albums.

By the end of 2004, the consulting firm was claiming to have prepared 74 CDs for Pottery Barn, their "biggest success story." Later press articles add that the firm ended up making 82 Pottery Barn CDs and a grand total of over 100 CDs. At the time of this writing (2012), Straus' webpage was further making reference to "hundreds of compilations" produced by Rock River between 1995 and 2010.

My research of Pottery Barn items aimed at completeness. Another large set of Pottery Barn compilations, all of them holiday-themed, have their own separate section in the aforementioned gallery of Christmas albums. Besides those individually profiled in that gallery and this one, I checked several dozens of additional Pottery Barn titles which did not turn out to feature Lee interpretations. A few more titles are still eluding me for inspection.


VIII. READER'S DIGEST COMPILATIONS (A SAMPLE)




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1. Title: Spend A Wonderful Night And Day With Cole Porter ("Timeless Favorites" Series) / Format: Cassette & CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: unknown & S 108b / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Just  One Of Those Things" and "What Is This Thing Called Love."

2. Title: Soar Over The Rainbow With Harold Arlen ("Timeless Favorites" Series) / Format: Cassette & CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: unknown & S109 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Features Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "I've Got The World On A String."

3. Title: Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive With Johnny Mercer ("Timeless Favorites" Series) / Format: Cassette & CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: unknown & Rs7 112 1 Hcd 1 5791 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Days Of Wine And Roses."





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4. Title: White Cliffs Of Dover; the Greatest Songs From The Greatest Generation, The '40s / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Sst 107 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Note: Features Peggy Lee's recordings of " 'Deed I Do" and "I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues."

5. Title: A String Of Pearls; Great Stars Of The '40s / Format: Cassette & CD / Pieces: 4 (on both CS and CD) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Krb 055 & Rbd 055 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Contains Capitol's hit recording of "For Every Man There's A Woman," sung by Peggy Lee with backing from Benny Goodman and orchestra.

6. Title: Long Ago & Far Away; The Songs We'll Always Remember / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Kcd 8551 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "I've Got The World On A String," "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning," and "What Is This Thing Called Love."





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7. Title: Down Memory Lane: The Golden '20s / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rbd 118 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Love Or Leave Me" and "Somebody Loves Me." It is to be assumed tha Reader's Digest issued a cassette edition, too, albeit I have not found confirmation for it yet. It is also worth noting that the company had used the title Down Memory Lane previously (1970), for a box that features no Lee tracks.

8. 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 contains Lee's recording of "Always," from her Atlantic output.

9. Title: Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars / Format: Cassette & CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: unknown & Rbd 031 (also Ucd4 5761-5764) / Rel. Year: 1988 / Note: Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "One Note Samba," "The Sweetest Sounds," "Bewitched," and "That's All," all of them licensed from EMI America. Once again, it is to be noted that Reader's Digest has released another item with this title, with no Peggy Lee tracks in it. That other item's front cover shows a woman's head on profile, her eyes closed, stars shining behind her. It came out originally as a LP (1980) and as a CD many years later (1997); it also exists in cassette configuration.





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10. Title: The Golden Age Of Melody / Format: Cassette & CD / Pieces: 4 (tapes) & 4 (CDs) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Krc 020 & Rc7 020 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Say It Isn't So," "My Heart Stood Still," "Just One Of Those Things," and "The Lady Is A Tramp."

11. Title: Sentimental Souvenirs; Great Romantic Melodies / Format: CD / Discs: 6 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "You." The CDs are unevenly divided into two identical-looking boxes, one containing four discs, the other two discs.

12. Title: Popular Melodies That Will Live Forever / Format: Cassette & CD / Pieces: 4 (tapes) & 4 (CDs) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: unknown & 032C / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of ""Baubles, Bangles And Beads." Reader's Digest also produced at least one companion set to this one. Called Sentimental Songs That Will Live Forever, that companion set features a section of tracks with the rubric "Sentimental Gals," but there are no Peggy Lee tracks in their midst.





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13. Title: Martinis At Midnight / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: B0004116 (also Sst104809) / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "But Beautiful," "Do I Love You," "Stormy Weather," and "Where or When."

14. Title: Catch A Falling Star; Magic Moments Of The 50s & 60s / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: A 715116 (also Sst105785) / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever."

15. Title: Moonlight Becomes You; Soft Romantic Ballads / Format: CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's version of "What Is This Thing Called Love."





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16. Title: Legendary Songs Of The Century / Format: Cassette & CD / Discs: 4 (on both CS & CD) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: unknown & 076b (also Msd4 37227) / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: Includes a Peggy Lee interpretation of her self-penned hit "It's A Good Day."

17. Title: How High The Moon / Format: CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Includes a Peggy Lee rendition of "I've Got The World On A String."

18. Title: The Legends, The Songs; The Fifties & Sixties / Format: CD /Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Stt 107113 (also U10004UU) (also 0 71138 71132 8) / Rel. Year: 2010 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's versions of "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning," "Just One Of Those Things," "You," "Do I Love You," and "It's A Good Day." All -- or, otherwise, most -- of them are radio transcriptions.

19. Title: The Great Dance Band Singers / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 0351848 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee performances of "Just One Of Those Things," "What Is This Thing Called Love," "I've Got The World On A String," and "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues."





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20. Title: Memories Are Made Of This / Format: LP & 8-Track / Volumes: 9 (LP) & 4 (8-Track) / Label: Reader's Digest - Columbia Special Products / Cat. Num.: (Canada) 2 657 0 1 9 & unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: One full side of this nine-piece LP set is dedicated to Peggy Lee. Actually, each side is dedicated to a different artist. Naturally, most of the artists are from the Columbia roster (Buddy Clark, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Vic Damone, Robert Goulet, Frankie Laine, Jim Nabors, et cetera). The featured Lee numbers are Lee's Decca recordings of "Lover," "Black Coffee," "Mr. Wonderful," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "The Siamese Cat Song," and "He Needs Me." This set is not to be confused with the 1990 Reader's Digest 7LP set Memories Are Made Of This; Great Stars Of The '50s or the 2000 Reader's Digest 4CD set Memories Are Made Of This, neither of which features Lee.

21. Title: Leading Ladies; The Best Of The Great Ladies Of Song; A Women For Women Release To Benefit The National Alliance Of Breast Cancer Organization / Format CD & CS / Pieces: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest & Polygram's Polymedia / Cat. Num.: Rdcd 203? (054391943040) & unknown / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Peggy Lee is one of the 83 ladies of song featured in this set. She sings "Fever." Released through Reader's Digest, this release is actually one of the projects of Hammer & Lace Records, the label that Polygram's Mark Fine set up in 1993 exclusively for the purpose of raising social and financial awareness on a variety of humanitarian causes.

22. Title: The Great Big Band Singers / Format CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Sst 106611 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Note: Features up to five consecutive numbers by each of the big band singers of choice. The Peggy Lee selections are "What Is This Thing Called Love?," "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning," "I've Got The World On A String," "Just One Of Those Things," and "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues." The catalogue number should be deemed tentative; some of the one and zero digits could be wrong.





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23. Title: The Individualists ("Unforgettable Singers, Unforgettable Songs" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Discs: 3 / Cat. Num.:(United Kingdom) K09019kk (also Lusin A 004) / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Lover," "Black Coffee," and "I Love Being Here With You." 

24. Title: The Golden Girls ("Unforgettable Singers, Unforgettable Songs" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Discs: 3 / Cat. Num.:(United Kingdom) K11032kk (also Lusgi A 007) / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee versions of "Do I Love You," "Just One Of Those Things," and "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning."
 
25. Title: The Jazz Singers ("Unforgettable Singers, Unforgettable Songs" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Discs: 3 / Cat. Num.:(United Kingdom) Rdcd7991 3 (also Lusgs A 012) / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee renditions of "Let There Be Love," " ' Deed I Do," and "Mr. Wonderful." In addition to the three items listed here, there is about a handful more items in this series (i.e., The Golden Boys, The Top 10 Hits, The Crooners, From The Big Screen, Best Of British), but none of the others features Peggy Lee selections.

 



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26. Title: The Gershwin Years / Format: Cassette & CD / Discs: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: unknown & G 130b / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Includes a Peggy Lee recording of "Somebody Loves Me."

27. Title: The Perfect Mix; All-Time Lounge Favorites / Format: Cassette CD / Pieces: 4 (on both CS & CD) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rg7 083 (also 72435 33069 2 2) (also 0351058) / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's interpretation of "What Is This Thing Called Love," originally performed for a radio broadcast.

28. Title: Great Ladies Of Song / Format: Cassette & CD / Pieces: 6 (both on CS & CD) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rdc 9361 - 93636 & Lad6 A 542 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee performances of "Fever," "Love, You Didn't Right By Me," "What Is This Thing Called Love," "I've Got The World On A String," "Mack The Knife," "Love Letters" and "Black Coffee," and "As Time Goes By." As with other cases mentioned above, there is more than
one Reader's Digest CD with this title. The other Great Ladies Of Song item is a 1995 set that does not feature Peggy Lee.






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29. Title: Jukebox Saturday Night / Format LP & 8-Track / Pieces: 8 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rda 139 & Rds 139 / Rel. Year: 1975 / Note: Features Peggy Lee's recording of "Golden Earrings," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "It's A Good Day," and "Mañana."

30. Title: All The Time In The World / Format: CD / Discs: 5 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ltime A 614 (also 0346140000006) / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "The Man I Love," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," and "Deep Purple."

31. Title: Great Romantic Memories Of The War Years / Format CD & CS / Pieces: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rd7 219 (also Dcd4 5631) & 4319 0 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Features a version of "Why Don't You Do Right" sung by Peggy Lee.








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32. Title: Those Sentimental Years / Format CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Sstc 07302 (071138730220) / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Features a Peggy Lee performance of "I've Got The World On A String."

33. Title: Chattanooga Choo-choo; The Songs That Brought Us Home / Format CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Sst 106610 (also U09002UU) (also 0 71138 6610 2) / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Features a Peggy Lee version of "Just One Of Those Things."

34. Title: Always; The Songs You'll Never Forget / Format CD & CS / Pieces: 4 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Stt 104849 (also B0003144 02) (also U400IUU) & unknown / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: The back cover of this CD claims that the disc includes a version of "Taking A Chance On Love" by The Benny Goodman Orchestra with vocals by Peggy Lee. The attribution to Lee is probably a mistake. Most likely, the number in the mix is indeed the Goodman recording of that number, with Helen Forrest on vocals. In other words, Lee is probably not featured in this set. (Confirmation is still needed.)






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35. Title: When You Wish Upon A Star ("Songs That Won The War" Series) / Format CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: 9173 (also 018111870320) / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Features Peggy Lee's transcription recording of "Let There Be Love." This series was distributed by Delta Entertainment.

36. Title: I've Heard That Song Before ("Songs That Won The War" Series) / Format CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: 9180 (018111871020) / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Features Peggy Lee's radio transcription version of "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning."

37. Title: Bewitched ("Songs That Won The War" Series) / Format CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: 9178 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Features Peggy Lee's radio broadcast performance of "What Is This Thing Called Love." On the same year in which it issued its "Songs that Won The War" series, Reader's Digest also released a thematically connected series called Superstars Of Swing, consisting of at least six volumes (As Time Goes By, I Hear A Rhapsody, String Of Pearls, Sentimental Journey, Thanks For The Memory, I'll Be Seeing You), none of them featuring Lee.






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38. Title: As Time Goes By ("Music And Memories Of The 30s & 40s" Series) / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Rel. Year: 2003 / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ltf40 A 009 (also 5 270090000005) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee' Capitol recording of "Golden Earrings."

39. Title: I'll Remember You ("Music And Memories Of The 30s & 40s" Series) / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Ltfgs A 004 (also 5 270040 000000) / Rel. Year.: 2002 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee' version of "What Is This Thing Called Love," taken from a radio broadcast of Bing Crosby's show.

40. Title: Sophisticated Ladies ("Music And Memories Of The 30s & 40s" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rdcd 4251 3 (also 5270120000005)/ Rel. Year: unknown / Note: According to online listings, Emi is the licenser. Although I have not been able to locate a track listing, I think that that this 3CD set is very likely to include Peggy Lee material. Other titles in this British series, which ran from 200 to 2003, are Friendship, Roll Out The Barrel, There's No Business Like Show Business, Hear My Song, Cheek To Cheek, Too Romantic, In The Mood, Pennies From Heaven and (with the slightly different series title "Memories Of The War Years") We'll Meet Again.






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41. Title: Nineteen 53 ("Sounds Of The Fifties" Series) / Format: CD & CS / Pieces: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rdcd 4241 3 & unknown / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Baubles, Bangles, And Beads."

42. Title: Nineteen 54 ("Sounds Of The Fifties" Series) / Format: CD & CS / Pieces: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rdcd 4121 3 (also Lse 54 A 008) & unknown / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Let Me Go, Lover." Of the catalogue numbers listed, the parenthetical one could be partially incorrect.

43. Title: Nineteen 55 ("Sounds Of The Fifties" Series) / Format: CD & CS / Pieces: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) (also Lsf 55 A 006) (also 5 280060 000003) & 5 080060 000009 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Disney-Decca recording of "He's A Tramp."

44. Title: Nineteen 58 ("Sounds Of The Fifties" Series) / Format: CD & CS / Pieces: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rdcd 3451 3 (also Lsf 58 A 002) & unknown / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever." Most of this series' sets are organized by year, from 1950 to 1959; only the ones profiled here contain Lee tracks

45. Title: Love Songs ("Sounds Of The Fifties" Series) / Format: CD / Pieces: 3 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Rdcd 3981 3 & unknown / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "I Belong To You." This is one of the few non-chronological sets in the "Sounds Of The Fiftes" series. The others, none of which contain Lee tracks, are Top Ten Hits, Rock 'n' Roll, and Laughter On The Air.






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46-50. Title: All-Star Salute To Today's Golden Songs / Format: LP & 8-Track / Pieces: 3 (8-Track) & 8 (LP) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rda 145 & Rd5 145 / Rel. Year: 1981 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life," "Sing," and "I Don't Know How To Love Him." There might be a cassette edition as well.





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51. Title: Los Grandes Éxitos Del Hit Parade / Format: LP / Pieces: 10 / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: (Mexico) Crds 1 / Rel. Year: 1963 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Mañana." Prepared by Capitol Special Markets.

52-54. Title: They Sing The Songs / Format: LP & CS / Pieces: 3 (Tapes) & 8 (Lps) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rda 036a & Rd5a 036 1 (also Rdb 5571, Rdb 5572, and Rdb 5573) / Rel. Year: 1980 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recordings of "Golden Earrings," (electronically re-recorded to simulate stereo), "Fever," "Big Spender," and "Is That All There Is." In 1983, Reader's Digest released the similarly titled 8LP set They Sang The Songs, which does not feature Peggy Lee.





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55 & 56. Title: Million Dollar Memories / Format: LP & 8-Track / Pieces: 4 at a minimum (8-Track) & 9 (LP)/ Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rda 166 A (with LPs numbered from Rds 8061 to Rds 8069) & Rds 166 / Rel. Year: 1972 / Note: Includes the Benny Goodman- Peggy Lee rendition of "Why Don't You Do Right." Non-US editions might show slight differences in their front cover design, and catalogue numbers might vary from one nation to another. There might also be a cassette edition.

57 & 58. Title: Million Dollar Memories, Volume II / Format: Cassette & LP / Pieces: 4 (Cassette) & 9 (LP) / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: 2 746 & SL 6911 / Rel. Year: 1973 / Note: Carries both the Reader's Digest and the Capitol Special Markets logos. An internet source credits the Longiness Symphonette Society, too. Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "Golden Earrings," "Mañana," and "Fever." Non-US editions might show slight differences in their front cover design; they have different catalogue numbers, too. There might also be an 8-track edition; see notes to item #4.


IX. RHINO




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1. Title: Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Pop Memories, 1945-1949 / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 71578 & R2 71578 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Mañana."

2. Title: Billboard Presents Family Lullaby Classics (Memorable Songs From Film And Television) / Format: CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R2 72454 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Disney-Decca recording of "La La Lu."

3. Title: Billboard Presents Family Scarytime Classics (Memorable Songs From Film And Television) ("Kid" Series) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 72457 & 72457 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Bewitched." Among the various other titles in this series are Family Travel Classics, Family Friendship Classics, and a variety of Christmas discs, I have not come across Lee tracks in any of the ones that I have been able to inspect.





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4. Title: Sentimental Journey; Pop Vocal Classics, Volume 2 (1947-1950) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R2 71250 & R4 71250 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Mañana." Part of a 4CD vocal series whose first disc is the only one to miss a Lee track.

5. Title: Sentimental Journey; Pop Vocal Classics, Volume 3 (1950-1954) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R2 72151 & R4 71251 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca version of "Lover."

6. Title: Sentimental Journey; Pop Vocal Classics, Volume 4 (1954-1959) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R2 71252 & R4 71252 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever."

7. Title: Santamental Journey; Pop Vocal Christmas Classics / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 72175 & R2 72175 (reissued as 0 8122 72175 2 5) / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: A holiday-themed sequel to the Sentimental Journey series. Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "The Christmas Waltz." Also released in Japan (by P-Vine Records).





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8. Title: Sentimental Journey; Pop Vocal Classics, Volumes 1-4 / Format: CD / Label: Rhino/ Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Promotional 16-track sampler, containing four tracks from each of the four volumes. Includes Peggy Lee's hit recording of "Fever."

9. Title: Female Vocal Classics ("Masters of Jazz" Series, Volume 5) / Format: CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R2 72472 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Black Coffee."

10. Title: Lifetime Presents Christmas Belles ("Intimate Portraits" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: 79987 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Christmas Carousel," a number that she also penned.





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11. Title: Swingin' Singles ("Cocktail Mix" Series, Volume 3 / Format: CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R2 72239 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Heart." This series' first two volumes (Bachelor's Guide To The Galaxy and Martini Madness) did not feature Lee tracks, and ditto for the fourth volume (Soundtracks With A Twist!).

12. Title: Songs That Got Us Through World War II, Volume 1 / Format: CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 70960 & R2 70960 (also R2 79890) / Rel. Year: 1990 (reissued 2000) / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "Waiting For The Train To Come In." Lee is not featured in volume two.

13. Title: There's A Riot Goin' On; The Rock 'N' Roll Classics Of Leiber & Stoller / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 70593 & R2 70593 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "I'm A Woman."


X. RHINO'S "AMERICAN SONGWRITERS" SERIES





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1. Title: George & Ira Gershwin ("Great American Songwriters" Series, Volume 1) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 71503 & R2 71503 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "The Man I Love."

3. Title: Rodgers & Hart ("Great American Songwriters" Series, Volume 3) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 71505 & R2 71505 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca recording of "Lover."

4. Title: Irving Berlin ("Great American Songwriters" Series, Volume 4) / Format: CS & CD / Label: Rhino / Cat. Num.: R4 71506 & R2 71506 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Say It Isn't So."

A General Note About Rhino's (Great) American Songwriters Series: Although, I have chosen to display images for all five volumes of Rhino's "Great American Songwriters" series, Peggy Lee tracks can be found in only the profiled volumes. She is not heard in the discs dedicated to Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington (albeit she recorded a fair share of numbers by each composer). These volumes were made available both separately and together, in a CD-size box. The front cover of the box is identical to that of volume 1, except for the replacement of the songwriters' names (i.e., George & Ira Gershwin) with the words "volumes 1-5." Will Friedwald wrote all the liner notes and, with James Austin, co-produced this series, whose tracks were licensed from various labels.


XI. SHOUT! FACTORY








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1. Title: Good Morning, Heartache ("Wonderland Love Stories" Series, Chapter Two) / Format: CD / / Label: Shout! Factory / Cat. Num: Dk 30176 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of ""I'll Be Around."." There are two other so-called chapters in "Wonderland Love Stories" series, and both are pictured above as well, although neither contains Lee tracks;. There is also a sampler, simply called Love, which uses the same front cover as Chapter One. That sampler collects tracks from all three CDs, and included Peggy Lee's version of "I'll Be Around."








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4. Title: Under the Mistletoe: Reindeer & Romance / Format: CD / Label: Shout! Factory - Emi Special Markets / Cat. Num.: / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's recording of "The Christmas Spell." Also captured above -- for the benefits of collectors and curious minds -- are the eye-catching covers of the other two CDs in Shout! Factory's holiday series. Neither contains Lee tracks.





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7. Title: Magic Moments; The Best Of '50s Pop / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Shout! Factory / Cat. Num: 30180 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Alright, Ok, You Win." One of various digital releases offered by PBS stations in conjunction with their pledge-drive series of broadcasts (in particular, the "My Music Live Concert Series"). Some of those other sets in the series might feature Lee -- in particular, her "Fever" -- but the ones which I was able to check were Lee-less.

8. Title: 50's Love Songs (T. J. Lubinsky Presents) / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Shout! Factory / Cat. Num: 31109 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca renditions of "Mr. Wonderful" and "Lover." The "TJ Lubinsky" of the title is the Pittsburgh oldies radio disc jockey who has produced most of PBS' pledge-based music shows.

9 & 10. Title: Pop Parade: Hits Of The '40s, '50s & '60s / Format: CD / Discs: 3 / Label: Shout! Factory / Cat. Num: 826663 10548 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Big Spender." The back cover bears the logos of both Shout! Factory and TJ Lubinsky.


XII. SMITHSONIAN BOXES





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: From This Moment On; The Songs Of Cole Porter / Format: CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num: RD 047 A4 22481-22485 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's renditions of "It's All Right With Me" (Decca), "Ridin' High" (Capitol), and "Ev'rything I Love" (Columbia, with The Benny Goodman Orchestra). 64 tracks, selected and annotated by Dwight Blocker Bowers.

2. Title: Singers And Soloists Of The Swing Bands / Format: LP / Volumes: 6 / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: R 035 P6 19881 / Rel. Year: 1987 / Note: Includes versions of "How Deep Is The Ocean" and "Why Don't You Do Right" by The Benny Goodman Orchestra, with vocals by Peggy Lee. 94 tracks, selected by Martin Williams and annotated by Mark Tucker. Might have also been released on cassette.

3. Title: Swing That Music!; The Big Bands, The Soloists And The Singers, 1929-1956 / Format: CS & CD / Volumes: 4 / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: RC 102 & RD 102 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Digital reissue of item #2. Includes the same renditions of "How Deep Is The Ocean" and "Why Don't You Do Right" by The Benny Goodman Orchestra, with vocals by Peggy Lee.

4. Title: American Popular Song; Six Decades Of Songwriters And Singers / Format: CS & LP & CD / Label: Smithsonian / Volumes: 4 [CS] & 7 [LPs] & 5 [CD] / Cat. Num.: Rc 031 P4t 17983 [CD] & R 031 P7 17983 [LP] & A5 17983 [CD] / Rel. Year: 1984 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's versions of "Easy Living" (Decca) and "As Time Goes By" (Capitol). About 106 tracks, selected by James R. Morris, J.R. Taylor, and Dwight Blocker Bowers.


XIII. SMITHSONIAN'S "AMERICAN SONGBOOK" SERIES






Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Cy Coleman ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 19 A 24578 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's 1964 Capitol hit recording of "Pass Me By."

2. Title: Duke Ellington ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 10 A 23167 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's 1959 Capitol recording of "All Too Soon."

3. Title: Dorothy Fields ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 13 A 24150 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's 1965 Capitol hit recording of "Big Spender."

4. Title: Frank Loesser ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 15 A 24153 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's 1956 Decca recording of "Joey, Joey, Joey."

5. Title: Cole Porter ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 03 A 23166 / Rel. Year: / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Decca recordings of "I've Got You Under My Skin" (1953) and "It's All Right With Me" (1956).

6. Title: Rodgers & Hart ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 06 A 23654 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's 1952 Decca hit recording of "Lover."

7. Title: James Van Heusen ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 18 A 24155 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's 1965 Capitol recording of "I'll Only Miss Him When I Think Of Him."

8. Title: Alec Wilder ("American Songbook" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Smithsonian / Cat. Num.: Ad 048 19 A 24580 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's 1956 Decca recording of "Crazy In The Heart."


A General Note About Smithsonian's Great American Songwriter Series: This 24-volume series was produced by Dwight Blocker Bowers. The eight volumes with Lee tracks have been profiled above. Images of the Lee-less volumes can be seen below.







XIV. SOCIETY OF SINGERS





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Society Of Singers Presents All-Star Performances / Format: CD / Label: Sony / Cat. Num: 7989 22703 2 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Heart." Contains 12 tracks. There is also an 18-track CD called "The Society Of Singers Presents All-Star Performances," listed at the end of this section.

2. Title: Romantic Moods: Society Of Singers Presents All Star Performances / Format: CS & CD / Label: Madacy / Cat. Num: 50 333 (Canada) / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Contains the same 12 tracks as the just-profiled 1992 Sony CD, including Peggy Lee's Capitol rendition of "Heart." Beginning with Peggy Lee, the dozen performers are identified in the front cover, each under a star; ditto for their respective interpretations.

3. Title: Society Of Singers Presents Great Voices, Great Songs / Format: CD / Label: Shout! Factory / Cat. Num: 8 26663 6709 2 9 (Dk 36709) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: I believe Peggy Lee to be the female singer pictured in this front cover. The disc contains her Capitol recording of "Big Spender."






Artwork Shown:

4. Title: The Society Of Singers Presents Forever Favorites, Disc A / Format: CD / / Label: CBS Special Products / Cat. Num: A2 21859 (also 21860) / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Heart." The catalogue number of Disc A is 21860; the other catalogue number given above (A2 21859) identifies the 2CD set.

5. Title: The Society Of Singers Presents A Gift Of Music, Volume One / Format: CS & CD / Label: CBS Special Products / Cat. Num: Agt 46849 & Agk 46849 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Heart."

General Note: The two sets under discussion (i.e., The Society Of Singers Presents Forever Favorites and The Society Of Singers Presents A Gift Of Music) actually have the same tracks, though their respective track orders partially differ from one another. (Some tracks found on Disc A have been shifted to Volume Two in the other set, and viceversa.) For clarification and illustration purposes, I have also supplied above images of Disc B from the set The Society Of Singers Presents Forever Favorites and volume two from the set The Society Of Singers Presents A Gift Of Music, neither of which features Lee.







Artwork Shown:

8. Title: The Society Of Singers Presents The Best Of The Golden Voices, Volume Two / Format: CD / Label: Realm - Columbia House / Cat. Num: 7961? / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Heart."

9. Title: The Society Of Singers Presents All-Star Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Sony / Cat. Num: Ak 67881 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Christmas Carousel."

General Note: The last two images above present items that have been pictured for clarification purposes, since neither one features Peggy Lee tracks. The first is the CD The Society Of Singers Presents The Best Of The Golden Voices, Volume One. This is yet a third reshuffled 1990 version of the 2CD set discussed in the preceding entries. The other image seen herein belongs to the 1991 CD The Society Of Singers Presents All-Star Performances, a 18-track set different from the Sony disc of the same title that was profiled at the outset of this section.


XV. STARBUCKS





Artwork Shown Above:

1. Title: Gazebo Blend; Cool Notes of Summer / Format: CD / Label: Starbucks Coffee - Capitol's Blue Note / Cat. Num.: Cdp 7243 8 34404 2 9 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Fever."

2. Title: Patio Mixer; Starbucks Sounds For Summer Shindings / Format: CD / Label: Starbucks - Rhino Entertainment / Cat. Num.: 7460 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "It's A Good Day."

3. Title: All Through The Night; Voices In Jazz And Blues / Format: CD / Label: Starbucks' Hear Music - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 7 62111 70900 4 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Black Coffee."





Artwork Shown Above:

4. Title: Class Acts Of The Las Vegas Strip / Format: CD / Label: Starbucks - Emi Special Music Markets / Cat. Num.: 321291 (762111865502) / Rel. Year: 2010 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Big Spender."

5. Title: One For My Baby; Selections From The Great American Songbook / Format: CD / Label: Starbucks Coffee - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 270996 (013541) (7 6211181568 2) / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Opens with Peggy Lee's radio transcription recording of "Oh, What A Beautiful Morning" and closes with Jimmy Durante's rendition of "One For My Baby." For the week of December 26, 2009, The Billboard 200 showed this CD as debuting at the #76 slot. (It was also its peak position, dropping to #85 and then to #120 in the next two weeks.)

6. Title: In Love ... With Cole Porter / Format: CD / Label: Starbucks - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: Nspent 13 Pkg 00676 (762111968401) (B00017861 02) / Rel. Year: 2013 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "So In Love."





Artwork Shown Above:

7. Title: Starbucks 40; The 40th Anniversary Collection / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: Starbucks Entertainment - Universal Music Special Markets - Rhino Custom Products/ Cat. Num.: Opcd 8608 (B0015204-02) (Nspent11Pkg 00427) / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever."

8. Title: Golden Age Of Song / Format: CD / Label: Starbucks' Hear Music - Universal Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 7 6211176929 9 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recording of "We'll Meet Again."

General Note: Starbucks also released about 15 holiday compilations in which Peggy Lee was among the various artists featured. Those are pictured and itemized in this discography's Christmas gallery, under a section suitably called "Starbucks CDs."


XVI. TARGET




Artwork Shown Above:

1. Title: The Very Thought Of You; Romantic Crooners Collection / Format: CD / Label: Compass Productions -Emi Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 096741151323 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's recordings of "Fever" and "I Love Being Here With You." On the matter of the subtitle, it it worth noting that the makers of this compilation misuse the word "crooners" by including singers of the female gender under the denomination. (This unorthodox use of the word can also be found in a few additional Compass Productions discs, and has been adopted by various other companies as well.)

2. Title: The Apprentice Crooners Collection / Format: CD / Label: Burnett Records - Mark Burnett Records - Compass Productions - Emi Music Special Markets / Cat. Num.: 0 9463 85655 29 (also 7 97307 27332 8) / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Big Spender" and "Los Angeles Blues." Some of the other tracks in this collection echo the actual theme from the TV show which inspired it, The Apprentice. There is, on the one hand, the relatively obscure "You Can't Make Money Dreaming" (Johnny Mercer with Nat King Cole) and, on the other hand, the better known "With Plenty Of Money And You" (Tony Bennett with Count Basie). There are also various New York themed numbers, as well as a new track called "For The Love of Money," performed by Matt Dusk and featuring Donald Trump's voice. This CD's tracks are likely to have been picked by the Compass firm and by Emi's Special Markets branch. An executive message, supposedly from Trump himself, printed in the back cover, tries to lure buyers into the assumption that Trump himself made the song choices. ("I bet you didn't know this, but I love music. I listen to it in the car, at home, lots of places. That's why I put together this compilation of great music. I've never seen such wonderful collection of Crooners on a CD. It's a lot of fun - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do").

3. Title: What A Swingin' Season; A Big Band Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Compass Productions - Sony Bmg / Cat. Num.: A 717913 (0 96741 17592 3) / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Contains The Benny Goodman Orchestra's recording of "Winter Weather," with vocals by Art Lund and Peggy Lee.
 
General Note: For more Target releases, consult the Capitol Christmas page of this discography.


XVII. TIME-LIFE'S "CLASSIC JAZZ FOR" SERIES





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Classic Jazz For Lovers / Format: CD / Label: Time Life Music / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: R 612 21 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "As Time Goes By." Licensed from Universal Special Markets.

2. Title: Classic Jazz For The Open Road / Format: CD / Discs: 2 / Label: Time Life Music / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Tl Clj 09 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains two Peggy Lee recordings, one from Capitol ("The Lady Is A Tramp") and one from Decca ("I've Got You Under My Skin"). Licensed from Universal Special Markets.

3. Title: Classic Jazz For A Lazy Afternoon / Format: CD / Label: Time Life Music / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: unknown (see note to item #6 below) / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Stormy Weather." Licensed from Universal Special Markets.

4. Title: Classic Jazz For The Night / Format: CD / Label: Time Life Music / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: (Australia) T R612 24 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Contains two Peggy Lee recordings, one from Decca ("Black Coffee") and one from Capitol ("Strangers In The Night"). Licensed from Universal Special Markets.





Artwork Shown:

5 & 7. Title: Classic Jazz For Lovers / Format: CD / Label: Time Life Music / Cat. Num.: H 1884 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: The releases seen in images #5 and #7 have the same track listing as item #1 above, Including the Peggy Lee track "As Time Goes By." The existence of identical CD releases with different cover artwork and different catalogue numbers might point to editions released by branches from various countries. Alternatively, the situation could be indicative of one or more reissues. (Do bear in mind that I gathered some of my information about these editions from online vendors, a source which should be deemed tentative when there are no better ones backing it up.)

6. Title: Classic Jazz For A Lazy Afternoon / Format: CD / Label: Time Life Music / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Tl Clj 10 / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "Stormy Weather" and the same track listing as item #3 above. The back cover includes the specification that Time Life is "a trademark of Time-Warner, inc. and affiliated companies." See also next note.





Artwork Shown:

8-11. Title: Torch Songs / Format: CD / Label: Time Life Music / Discs: 2 / Cat. Num.: R 155 34 (also 44069429 2; discs numbered 44069430 2 & 44069431 2) / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: This 2CD set consists of 30 tracks, including Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Black Coffee" and "Don't Smoke In Bed." Licensed through Universal Special Markets. "Peggy Lee lured listeners into the smoke-filled and dimly lit confines of a moody cocktail lounge with the morning-after ditty Black Coffee," asserts liner annotator Joseph Lanza.

8-11. Title: Torch Songs / Format: CD / Label: Time Life Music / Cat. Num.: M 18896 (also 440068157 2) / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Abbreviated edition of the item under discussion. A total of 18 tracks. Includes Peggy Lee's rendition of "Black Coffee" but skips her seminal version of "Don't Smoke In Bed." The same pattern applies in the cases of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, and Dinah Washington; one of their tracks from the 2002 collection is omitted. In addition to the Fitzgerald, Holiday, Horne, Lee, and Washington numbers, the other omitted performances are by Fontella Bass, Eartha Kitt, Susannah McCorkle, Carmen McRae, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Esther Phillips, and Dionne Warwick, all of whom had only one track in the 2CD collection. Licensed through Universal Special Markets.


XVIII. VILLAGE MUSIC'S "DAMES & DIVAS SING" SERIES





Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Dames & Divas Sing Cole Porter / Format: CD / Label: Village Square Music / Cat. Num.: Vsd3045 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Ridin' High" and "So In Love."

2. Title: Dames & Divas Sing Gershwin / Format: CD / Label: Village Square Music / Cat. Num.: Vsd3060 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recording of "(Our) Love Is Here To Stay."

3. Title: Dames & Divas Sing Johnny Mercer / Format: CD / Label: Village Square Music / Cat. Num.: Vsd3105 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's Capitol recordings of "Come Rain Or Come Shine" and "Trav'lin' Light" (the latter originally recorded for that label's radio transcription service).


 General Note: Nashville-based Village Square Music made conceptual CDs for the boutique and gift shop market.  This small label was the brainchild of Greg Howard, a successful producer and executive at Green Hill Records -- the latter being a larger independent label with a similarly boutique-oriented marketing approach.  In operation for seven years (2003-2010), Village Square Music released both worthwhile compilations (legitimately licensed from Sony, BMG, EMI Music Special Markets, etc.) and brand new albums by artists such as Nashville fiddler Craig Duncan and Tennessee-based pianist Beegie Adair.  

Well aware of its main target audience (middle-aged females), Village Square Music built a small but varied catalogue of compilations that included a fair share of  female-centered anthologies (e.g., Women Of The 50's, Women Of The 60's, Those Fabulous Divas, the Acoustic Chill series).  The Dames & Divas Sing series consists of four volumes, each one with 15 tracks.  The choice of Peggy Lee numbers for these volumes is commendable.  I am especially appreciative of the inclusion of not one but two fine Peggy Lee vocals in the disc dedicated to the Johnny Mercer songbook.  (Oddly, EMI's own catalogue of Mercer anthologies has rarely incorporated Lee's many performances of his songs.)  

There are no Peggy Lee numbers in the series' last volume, titled Dames & Divas Sing Love Songs and released in 2010.  A photo of the cover is thus provided here for clarification, and for the sake of collector curiosity.  (That collection does contain a Benny Goodman rendition of "Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye" with a Peggy on vocals; however, the last name of the lady in question is Mann, not Lee.)  

I have found no indication of label activity after 2010.  Howard has continued to produce recordings and market CDs, however, at Green Hill and its sub-label, Spring Hill Records.