The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Items That Feature Short-Form Audiovisual Material
(Music Videos, TV Commercials, Film Shorts)
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Feb 16, 2017


Contents

This page is primarily dedicated to Peggy Lee's film work in two formats: the movie short and the music video. An index at the end of the page lists all known VHS tapes, DVD discs, and LPs that include clips taken from those two formats. Naturally, there might still be more, yet unknown to me. The page also touches on Lee's appearances in televised commercials (section V) and as host of various TV variety shows (section IV).


I. PEGGY LEE'S TELESCRIPTIONS (MUSIC VIDEOS)





Artwork Shown:

1-10. Title: Snader Telescriptions / Format: Film Reel / Rel. Date: 1950 / Note: Shown above are scenes from each of the 10 music videos that Peggy Lee taped in 1950 for the Snader company. In order of display (clockwise, starting with the first row), the ten scenes are from "I Only Have Eyes For You," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)," "Why Don't You Do Right?" "You Was Right, Baby," "While We're Young" (second row, first image), "It's A Good Day," "What More Can A Woman Do," "I Cover The Waterfront," and "Mañana."

As suggested by their name, telescriptions were shown on television, oftentimes as filler between regular programming, sometimes as part of low-budget shows (e.g., Sponsor's Guest Book) whose primary purpose was to sell local ads. On shows of that time, a host would typically be hired to give biographical information about the acts whose telescriptions were being aired.

According to one of my sources, telescriptions were also shown in cinemas, usually before the main feature. The same source states that movie houses received Lee's telescriptions in the form of two 16 millimeter film reels, one entitled Peggy Lee And The Dave Barbour Quartet, the other Peggy Lee With The Dave Barbour Quartet. (Other sources do not have anything to say on the matter. I have seen online photos of prints bearing one of those titles, but have not been able to determine if they truly made the rounds on movie houses. I would appreciate receiving corrections or corroboration on that particular point.)


II. PEGGY LEE'S MOVIE SHORTS




Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Banquet Of Melody / Format: Film Reel / Company: Universal / Rel. Year: 1946 / Note: This 15-minute short strings along seven musical performances, three of which feature Matty Malneck's orchestra. Music is the sole focus of the short: there is no acting, no narration, and no talking (except for one single sentence uttered by Peggy Lee). The above-seen image displays the short's promotional poster, which identifies not only Matty Malneck And His Orchestra but also the other featured acts: pianist Rosa Linda, harmony group The Delta Rhythm Boys, and vocalist Peggy Lee. The pianist and the vocal group do their respective numbers as solo acts, without any accompanying orchestra. Each does just one number. As for Lee's segment, a quintet extracted from Malneck's Orchestra accompanies her, and she sings two numbers: "I Don't Know Enough About You" and "Don't Blame Me." For screenshots & more details, consult the next entries below.

2. Title: Midnight Serenade / Format: Film Reel / Company: Paramount / Rel. Year: 1947 (also 1952) / Note: Unlike the previously discussed "featurette," this 18-minute short offered viewers a story or narrative, within which the musical numbers were inserted. In the story, Lee plays a singer on which the protagonist (Richard Webb) has a crush, to the chagrin of his friend, who is also a disc jockey. Throughout, the vocalist sings four numbers. (I have never watched Midnight Serenade, but I am acquainted with fellow fans who have. Since they watched it decades ago, their recollections could contain minor errors.) The above-seen image shows the short's 1952 promotional poster.

An erroneous or misguided claim, made by some movie books, pertains to the original release of this short. According to the claim, Midnight Serenade remained unseen by the public until 1952, when Paramount would have finally sent it to cinemas as part of its Musical Parade Featurette series. The 1952 release is true, but it was a re-release. The film was definitely shown in theaters in 1947, as part of the Paramount Musical Parade series.

Later in the 1950s and 1960s, this short also aired on television. Whereas the print shown on TV was black & white, the print that rolled in theaters was in 3-strip technicolor. As for releases on commercial VHS or DVD, Midnight Serenade has never enjoyed that privilege -- not in full. One of Lee's four performances ("It's A Good Day") was anthologized, and subsequently pirated on numerous video compilations, some of which are mentioned below (mainly in part IX; also in part VII).





Images Shown:

3-6. Title: Melody Masters / Format: Film Reel / Company: Castle Films / Rel. Year: 1949 / Note: A repackaging of the just-discussed Banquet of Melody. This 1949 "reissue" was released by Castle Films, an erstwhile independent movie distributor which had become one of Universal's subsidiaries by this point in time. (The major had acquired majority ownership in 1947, when it made a purchase through one of its divisions, United World Films.) Images #4, #5, and #6 show Lee interpreting "I Don't Know Enough About You," the number that she sings first in the short. In image #3, she is singing hee second number, "Don't Blame Me." A quintet led by Matty Malneck accompanies her throughout. As can be seen above, the performance of "Don't Blame Me" is provided with lyrics on the screen. It is also prefaced by the following address from Lee: "And know I'd like to have you join me in singing a song that's always been one of my favorites, Don't Blame Me."





Images Shown:

7 & 8. Title: Midnight Serenade / Note: Two screenshots from the 1947 Paramount short Midnight Serenade. Both show Peggy Lee performing "It's A Good Day" along with her husband, guitarist, Dave Barbour, and members of his group.

9. Title: USA Peggy Lee / Note: The photograph on display was originally a publicity shot for Lee's above-discussed short Midnight Serenade. (Since no other photos from the short are available to me, I am featuring the only at hand. It serves as the front cover of an unrelated CD, named USA Peggy Lee.) It is natural to assume that this publicity shot was taken from the film, during which Lee sang a total of four numbers; however, I have no corroboration or further details on the matter.


III. PEGGY LEE'S TV HOSTING

General Note
In the early 1950s, Peggy Lee hosted or co-hosted at least two televised music shows: TV's Top Tunes and Songs For Sale. Both programs were of a relatively short duration: 15 minutes to half an hour. Lee also spent a season or two as the female vocalist of The Steve Allen Show, which back then was a daily daytime program. She made one additional appearance as a TV hostess onThe Jackie Gleason Show in 1957, subbing while Gleason was absent. (I have also come across suggestions that her late 1940s appearances on the Chesterfield radio show Supper Club were simulcast. However, I believe such suggestions to be off the mark. Some episodes of Supper Club were indeed simulcast, but the host of such episodes was not Lee.) Out of all confirmed TV appearances as a hostess, portions from merely a couple have been commercially released -- and not many more are known to be extant. (On a related note, Lee also had her own TV specials, for which she served as hostess by default. A couple of them have been commercially released on video. Details can be found in this page.)





Still And Artwork Shown:

1 - 3. Name Of The Show: TV's Top Tunes / Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé seem to have been the earliest co-hosts of this show, which aired from 1951 to 1955. They actually served as hosts for merely a month or so. It is worth noting that this 15-minute-long show ran three times a week. (Hence Lee and Tormé are presumed to have performed in about a dozen episodes.)





Item Shown:

4 - 6. Title: Fever; The Music Of Peggy Lee / Format: VHS & DVD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 72435 99365 9 8 (DVD) & 72435 99365 3 6 (VHS) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: This documentary includes two performances culled from TV's Top Tunes: the Lee-Tormé duet "A Fine Romance" and the Lee solo "Danny Boy." (Shown above is a trade ad for the DVD version of the documentary.)


IV. PEGGY LEE'S TV COMMERCIALS






Artwork Shown:

1 - 9. Halo Shampoo. In 1954 and 1955, Peggy Lee served as pitchwoman for Halo shampoo. Her contract requirements included performing an impromptu Halo commercial while guesting in various Colgate Comedy Hour episodes. Shown above are scenes from three such episodes (each row of images coming from one single, different episode). In addition to singing the jingle and endorsing the product, we see her serving as hair model, while the show's master of ceremonies extols the virtues of Halo.





Artwork Shown:

10. Here is a comic strip that Halo placed in various magazines, as part of its campaign. Such strips would typically portray the various female singers who -- over the years -- pitched for this product.





Artwork Shown:

11. Title: Fever; The Music Of Peggy Lee / Format: VHS & DVD / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 72435 99365 9 8 (DVD) & 72435 99365 3 6 (VHS) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains, among its bonus tracks, one of the commercials that Peggy Lee performed on behalf of Halo (images #1 to #3 above).

12. Title: Legends Of Laughter; Abbott & Costello / Format: DVD / Discs: 6 / Label: / Cat. Num.: / Rel. Year: 2010 / Note: This six-DVD set includes each of Abbott & Costello's 14 episodes as hosts of the variety TV Colgate Comedy Hour. Peggy Lee was one of their guests in a 1954 episode for which she sang not only a standard and a self-penned composition but also the Halo jingle. This is not the only DVD in which the Lee episode can be found; consult section VIII of this page.

13. Title: Peggy Lee Singing At Her Best / Format: DVD / Label: Passport / Cat. Num.: Dvd 1586 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains, among its bonus tracks, one of the commercials that Peggy Lee performed on behalf of Halo (images #7 to #9 above). Beware of the deceptive title; the sound quality is poor and the picture quality mediocre.

14. Title: Peggy Lee ("In Concert" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: Passport / Cat. Num.: PipDv 1645 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains the same material as item #13.


V. PEGGY LEE'S CINEBOX VIDEO




Missing Artwork:

1 & 2. Title: Cinebox Video / Note: According to various websites dedicated to the sale or to the examination of jukebox machines, Peggy Lee filmed a video for Cinebox, the Italian jukebox company that sought fortune in the United States between 1963 (when it opened a branch in Miami) and 1965, when it is said to have gone bankrupt. Lee is listed as performing "Hey, Look Me Over," a number that she also recorded on May 19, 1961, and which Capitol released about two months later. Hence the unknown year on which Lee filmed her Cinebox video should naturally be presumed to fall within the 1963-1965 period. Other American singers known to have taped Cinebox videos include Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, and Neil Sedaka. All three of them sang their vocals in Italian. Also listed as having shot Cinebox videos, and presumably singing in English, were Sam Cooke, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and Vince Hill.


VI. FULL-LENGTH VIDEOS WITH FIVE OR MORE OF PEGGY LEE'S TEN TELESCRIPTIONS




Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Swingtime Video Presents Meet The Singers, Volume II / Format: VHS / Label: Swingtime / Cat. Num.: 119 (also found as Vaa 4750) / Rel. Year: 1985 / Note: Contains 8 of Lee's 10 telescriptions ("I Don't Know Enough About You", "Mañana", "What More Can A Woman Do?", "Why Don't You Do Right?", "You Was Right, Baby", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "It's A Good Day", and "While We're Young", in that order). Also includes telescriptions by June Christy and Mel Tormé.

2. Title: Meet The Singers; Charly Video Presents The Swingtime Collection, Volume 18 / Format: VHS / Label: Charly / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Vid Jam 18 / Rel. Year: 1989 / Note: Same contents as item #1.





Artwork Shown:

3 - 6. Title: Swingtime Presents Meet The Singers, 2; Volume 9 / Format: VHS & DVD & Laser Disc / Label: Sohbi Kikaku / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Skv 9 [VHS] & unknown [DVD] & Shlm 5009 [Laser] & Skl 9 [Laser] / Rel. Year: unknown (VHS) & 2010 (DVD) & unknown (laser discs) / Note: Same contents as item #1. The first two photos shows a VHS and a DVD; the other two items are identified as laser discs. The Japanese company Sohbi Kikaku states in the back of these releases that the contents are "under license from Swingtime."


General Note

As far as I have been able to ascertain, Peggy Lee's telescriptions were commercially released for the first time by Swingtime, in the second Meet The Singers volume of this series. The only earlier commercial issues of which I am aware are not visual but audio sources (i.e., the Camay LPs found in section VIII below).

As for Swingtime's Meet The Singers, Volume 1, that video contains telescriptions by Nat King Cole, Herb Jeffries, and Sarah Vaughan. (Notice the racial segregation imposed on the two volumes.) I do not know the catalogue number of this 1985 release. Oddly, some of my sources claim that a Swingtime VHS item with catalogue number 117 contains 6 of Peggy Lee's telescriptions ("I Don't Know Enough About You," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "It's A Good Day," "Mañana," "What More Can A Woman Do," and "While We're Young"). All those telescriptions are found in the aforementioned volume 2. Until proven otherwise, I will assume that my sources are wrong on this particular point.

Swingtime's VHS series consisted of at least 20 volumes, of which two were dedicated to vocalists. The rest concentrated on bands and bandleaders, the sole exception being a volume that offered single, so-called unforgettable performances by a variety of acts (mostly but not exclusively vocalists, from Connee Boswell and Fran Warren to Carl Ravazza and The Page Cavanaugh Trio). I have inspected all 20 volumes.

Curiously, one of my sources alludes to a Swingtime VHS item called Meet Peggy Lee, supposedly containing the same 8 Lee telescriptions found in the aforementioned volume #2. I have found no further claims of its existence. If such a video was truly made, it could have been a promotional item rather than a commercial release.

As already mentioned, Swingtime was the first label to release Peggy Lee's Snaders telescriptions. There is a chance that the Storyville video identified as item #6 below actually predated the Swingtime volume that contains Lee's performances, but at the present time the chance remains slim at best.





Artwork Shown:

7. Title: The Vocalists / Format: VHS / Label: Storyville (also Virgin Music Video) / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 1988 (also 1991) / Note: Contains 6 of Lee's 10 telescriptions ("Why Don't You Do Right?," "I Cover The Waterfront," "I May Be Wrong," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "What More Can A Woman Do?," and "I Don't Know Enough About You"). Online listings for this 1988 Storyville video suggest that Virgin Music Video re-pressed it in 1991. I would not be surprised to discover one day a pressing or a Storyville edition earlier than 1988.

8. Title: The Vocalists; Storyville Films Presents The Snaders Telescriptions / Format: VHS / Label: Storyville / Cat. Num.: Vvd 757 (Sv 6007) / Rel. Year: 1988 / Note: Same contents as in preceding item.

9. Title: The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: Elap / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 9960073 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Same contents as in preceding items.

10. Title: Peggy Lee, June Christy, Ina Ray Hutton, Lorraine Page, Rita Rio ("Swing Era" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: Idem / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Idvd 1021 Int / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Same Peggy Lee contents as in preceding items.





Artwork Shown:

11. Title: The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) unknown / Rel. Year: possibly 2011 / Note: Contains the same six Peggy Lee tracks as the 1988 Storyville videotape and the preceding items. "I Don't Know Enough About You" is wrongly credited to Sarah Vaughan.

12. Title: The Vocalists; The Snader Telescriptions ("Jazz Legends" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan?) unknown; possibly Jld 403 or Jld 603 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: No details available to me. Presumed to be another reissue of the same material profiled in the last few entries, and to thus contain six Peggy Lee numbers.

13. Title: The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions (Serie "This Is DVD Jazz"; Edición Storyville Films) / Format: DVD / Label: Global Rhythm - Selecta Visión - Salut Audio & Video / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) Dk 4591 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Reissue of the original Storyville video package that contains six Peggy Lee performances.

14. Title: The Vocalists – The Snader Telescriptions (Serie "This Is DVD Jazz"; Edición Storyville Films) / Format: DVD / Label: possibly Selecta Visión / Cat. Num.: (Spain?) Tdj 44 / Rel. Year: exact year unknown, though certainly between 2003 and 2013; probably around 2007 / Note: Same contents as the aforementioned 1988 Storyville videotape and its many reissues. Part of a collection of over 90 DVDs (a 91-item total, according to one seller, and including a Spanish edition of Ted Gioa's book The History Of Jazz).

15. Title: Fever; The Music Of Peggy Lee / Format: DVD & VHS / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 72435 99365 9 8 (DVD) & 72435 99365 3 6 (VHS) / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: This indispensable musical documentary includes 5 telescriptions. They are "I Only Have Eyes For You," "You Was Right, Baby," "What More Can A Woman Do," "Mañana," and "I Don't Know Enough About You."



VII. VARIOUS-ARTISTS VIDEOS THAT INCLUDE ONE, TWO, THREE OR AT MOST FOUR OF PEGGY LEE'S TEN TELESCRIPTIONS




Artwork Shown:

1 - 4. Title: The Ladies Sing The Blues / Format: VHS & Laser Disc & DVD / Label: V.I.E.W. Video (& The Minnesota Studio) / Cat. Num.: 1313 & Pilj 1041 & & unknown & 2313 / Rel. Year: 1988 (VHS) & 1990 (Laser) & possibly 1991 (Laser, possibly Japanese) & 2001 (DVD) / Note: This release contains the telescription "I Cover The Waterfront" (one of Lee's two rarest telescriptions) and also the Goodman-Lee performance "Why Don't You Do Right?" from the movie Stage Door Canteen. Shown here first is the release in its original format, VHS, from 1988. As a videotape, The Ladies Sing The Blues appears to have enjoyed a re-release as well, in 1991. The next two images belongs to laser discs, the last one to a DVD. In the case of the second of the laser discs (about which I have little information), the releasing label might be a different one.





Artwork Shown:

5 & 6. Title: TV's First Music Videos: The Snader Telescriptions / Format: DVD / Label: Storyville / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2002 & 2006 / Note: Only the first of the two releases shown is clearly from Storyville. The second might be, too, but I do not have corroboration. Also, this item might have been originally released on VHS in 1986. (The first of the two covers might actually belong to that VHS release.) Contents unknown.

7. Title: That Was Then; Video Jukebox / Format: DVD / Label: Intermusic / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Imm 940995 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Contains the Peggy Lee telescription "What More Can A Woman Do."

8. Title: Yesterday Once More; Video Jukebox / Format: DVD / Label: Intermusic / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) Imm 940996 / Rel. Year: 2009 / Note: Contains the Peggy Lee telescription "It's A Good Day." My thanks to Adrian Daff for his kind supply of this image.





Artwork Shown:

9. Title: This Joint Is Jumpin'; Stompin' Classics From The Big Band Era ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 5) / Format: DVD / Label: Megahit Records (also credited to The CD Card Company in some online sources) / Cat. Num.: 005 / Rel. Year: 2006 (From one internet site to the other, there is divergence in the release year given to this item and to the others from this cheap DVD series -- anywhere between 2004 and 2007.) / Note: Contains a Peggy Lee performance of "It's A Good Day" (unknown whether it is the telescription or the film short version).

10. Title: Sleepytime Down South ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 2) / Format: DVD / Label: Megahit Records / Cat. Num.: 002 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains the Peggy Lee telescription "Why Don't You Do Right?"

11. Title: Lights, Camera, Action; Great Big Band From The Silver Screen ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 4) / Format: DVD / Label: Megahit Records / Cat. Num.: 004 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains the Goodman-Lee performance "Why Don't You Do Right?" from the movie Stage Door Canteen.

12. Title: Swing! Swing! Swing!; Classic Tracks From The Great Big Bands ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 10) / Format: DVD / Label: Megahit Records / Cat. Num.: 010 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains a Peggy Lee performance of "It's A Good Day" (unknown whether it is the movie short or the Snader version).

13. Title: Jazz And Big Band Classics; Classic Tracks From The Golden Era Of Jazz ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 8) / Format: DVD / Label: Megahit Records / Cat. Num.: 008 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains one Peggy Lee performance; title unknown. (Given the DVD's subject, it could be the Goodman-Lee performance "Why Don't You Do Right?" from the movie Stage Door Canteen.)

14. Title: Let's Hear It For The Girls!; Classic Tracks From The Queens of Swing ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 3) / Format: DVD / Label: Megahit Records / Cat. Num.: 003 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains a Peggy Lee performance of "It's A Good Day" (unknown whether it is the telescription or the film short version) and also the Goodman-Lee performance "Why Don't You Do Right?" from the movie Stage Door Canteen.

15. Title: In The Mood For Love ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 7) / Format: DVD / Label: Megahit Records/ Cat. Num.: 007 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains the Peggy Lee telescription "Why Don't You Do Right?"








Artwork Shown:

16. Title: The Best Of Jazz, Volume 2 ("All Star Golden Classics" Series) / Format: VHS / Label: All Star Video Corporation (Sepiatone) / Cat. Nu7m.: unknown / Rel. Year: 1980 / Note: Contains the Peggy Lee telescriptions "You Was Right Baby," "I Cover The Waterfront," "I Don't Know Enough About You," and "What More Can A Woman Do."

17. Title: TV Gold, Volume 2 / Format: DVD / Label: Tangiers / Cat. Num.: Tcv 539 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Note: Contains one Peggy Lee telescription, "Why Don't You Do Right." The rest of the program is dedicated to a variety of TV nostalgia, from old commercials and a documentary about Mickey Mantle to an episode of The Frank Sinatra Show and other telescriptions (by Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, The Mills Brothers, and Louis Prima).

18. Title: Jukebox Saturday Night ("All-Star Golden Classics" Series) / Format: VHS / / Label: All Star Video Corporation (Sepiatone) / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 1980 / Note: Contains the Peggy Lee telescriptions "I Only Have Eyes For You," "It's A Good Day," and "While We're Young." Also includes the Lee-Goodman version of "Why Don't You Do Right."

19. Title: All The Gals ("The Fabulous Forties" Series) / Format: VHS / Label: Polygram Music Video & Channel 5 / Cat. Num.: 081 964 3 / Rel. Year: 1990 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's telescription versions of "It's A Good Day" and "Why Don't You Do Right."

20 & 21. Title: Crooners & Divas ("Soundies" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: Foreign Media Music / Cat. Num.: (Netherlands) 8954 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Image #3 shows the box cover of this 6DVD collection. Image #4 shows the DVD that contains one Peggy Lee performance, the telescription "What More Can A Woman Do."

22. Title: Swingtime Video Special Collection / Format: Laser Disc / Label: Sohbi Kikaku / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Skl 501 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains just one telescription, "Why Don't You Do Right?" This disc is actually a sampler of performances taken from the Swingtime video series, which Sohbi Kikaku released on DVD and laser disc. The Peggy Lee number is from volume 9 of the series, shown in section VI above, entries #3 and ff. Sohbi Kikaku might have also released a DVD counterpart of this laser disc, but so far I have not found corroboration of its existence.

23. Title: The Ladies Sing Jazz ("Jazz Voice" Series, Volume 2) / Format: DVD / Label: Rhapsody / Cat. Num.: 2869060 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Contains the same two Lee performances as item #1.

24. Title: Music Classics, Volumes 1 and 8 / Format: VHS / Label: Mpi Home Video / Cat. Num.: (Canada) unknown / Rel. Year: 1992 (volume 1) & 2001 (volume 8) / Note: I have come across volume 1, 2 and 8 of this series in the internet, but have not seen physical copies. The ads for volumes 1 and 8 indicate that they contain Peggy Lee performances, titles unknown. Shown above is volume 8.

25. Title: Peggy Lee Entertains / Format: DVD / Label: Passport / Cat. Num.: Dvd 1645 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: An abbreviated version of item #22, with the same telescription.

26. Title: Peggy Lee Singing At Her Best / Format: DVD / Label: Passport / Cat. Num.: Dvd 1586 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains just one telescription, "I Cover The Waterfront." Beware of the deceptive title; the sound quality is poor and the picture quality mediocre.

27. Title: Peggy Lee ("In Concert" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: Passport / Cat. Num.: PipDv 1645 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Note: Another abbreviated version of #22, with the same telescription.





Item shown:

28. Title: Old American Pops (Best Hits Archives, Volume 1) / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown; might have been previously issued as VHS, in 1972 / Note: Contains the Peggy Lee telescriptions "I Only Have Eyes For You", "What More Can A Woman Do", "Mañana", and "I Cover The Waterfront." Also includes telescriptions by Colombian-born Hollywood singer Carlos Ramírez.

29. Title: Juke-Box Saturday Night / Format: VHS / Label: Video Yesteryear / Cat. Num.: 770 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: The track listing unknown, but given its title and the featured artists, there is a good chance that this item contains the same three Peggy Lee transcription as item #19 above (Jukebox Saturday Night), as well as the Goodman-Lee film clip.


Missing Artwork:

30. Swingtime Video Presents A Special Collection / Format: VHS / Label: Swingtime / Cat. Num.: 122 / Rel. Year: 1986 / Note: Includes the telescription "Why Don't You Do Right."

31. Title: The Jazz Singers / Format: VHS / Label: Green Line / Cat. Num.: (Italy) Vidjazz 47 / Rel Year: 1992 / Note: Includes the telescriptions "I Cover The Waterfront" and "I May Be Wrong".


VIII. ALBUMS THAT CONTAIN AUDIO OF PEGGY LEE'S TELESCRIPTIONS







Album Covers Shown:

1 - 12. Title: Peggy Lee's Greatest (aka Peggy Lee) / Format: LP / Label: Camay (& Pathé) / Cat. Num.: Ca 3003 / Tracks: 10 (first two versions) or 7 (last version) / Rel. Year: 1962 - 1965 / Note: The LP under discussion consists entirely of Peggy Lee telescriptions (or, to be more exact, audio of the telescriptions). Between 1962 and 1965, at least three versions of the album were issued, as an be seen above. Further details below.

Extended Note:

Catalogue matters pertaining to the Camay label are complicated, confusing, and poorly documented. Over a three-year period, the company’s Peggy Lee entry (Ca 3003) was released or pressed in at least three different versions. The first version might have come out in December of 1962 or in early 1963. The second might have shown up in mid-1964. The third release probably saw the light of day in 1965 or, otherwise, in 1966. (An alternative possibility would be for the first version to date from mid-1964, the second version from later in 1964 or otherwise 1965. The third version would still follow the other two, in 1965 or 1966, following a lawsuit. Further details can be found in the bottom half of this page.)

In all three versions, the album can be found in both stereo and mono. Above, the first horizontal row shows the three stereo versions. Ditto for the second row, which shows the mono versions. The same pattern is maintained through the pictures of the back covers (third row) and the pictures of the actual vinyl (fourth row, mono copies).

The most distinctive trait of the earliest issue (images #1, #4, #7, #10) is the inclusion of a logo that stands for Pathé Records, the British-French company with which American Camay apparently partnered for the release of these audio tracks. The Pathé logo (a pink rooster) shows up in all the components pictured above: front cover, back cover, monophonic vinyl, stereophonic vinyl.

The most distinctive trait of the album's last version (images #3, #6, #9, #12) is the change of title (from Peggy Lee's Greatest to the simpler Peggy Lee) and the deletion of 3 tracks. Also, the back cover's extensive biographical notes about Peggy Lee have been substituted with a listing of Camay's album catalogue.

As for the second version of Camay 3003, it bears similarities with both the first and the third versions. Its non-abbreviated title sets it apart from the final version, while the absence of the Pathé logo distinguishes it from the original issue. Also, its stereo cover lists all 10 tracks in the front, whereas the other stereo equivalents list either seven tracks or none at all.

Camay’s conceivable use of different pressing plants could partially account for the cosmetic differences among the three album versions. Clearly, though, more significant matters led to the existence of these (re-)releases. To wit: only the first includes a Pathé logo, and only the third downsizes the number of tracks from ten to seven. The aforementioned page explores these matters a bit further.

It is also worth noting that, in addition to the trio seen above, two additional labels can be found in the relatively small catalogue of Camay albums. One such label combines elements of the second and third labels seen above — specifically, the color of the second and the globe logo from the third. Hence I wouldn’t be surprised to eventually come across copies of Peggy Lee’s Greatest bearing such a label. (That having been said, no such copies have turned up in the few years that I have been monitoring albums from the company.) See also image #13 below.

Yet another label used by Camay is red-colored, and can be found in at least one of the company’s earliest releases, The Great New Sound Of The Crew Cuts. (Later on, Camay re-released this album with a different front cover and under the new title The Crew Cuts Sing Folk. That second version of Camay #3002 uses the same light-green label seen in the third of the above-seen Peggy Lee albums.)

My thanks to Eric Graf for sharing with me various logical viewpoints about the label, and for alerting me to various relevant items, including the red-labeled Crew Cuts album.





Album Covers Shown:

13. To further complicate the matters discussed under the previous entries, here is proof that the third version of the Camay LP can be found with two mono labels: the more common one that is green (image #12) and the white or silver label seen herein (image #13).

14. Previous images (#12 and #13) show that mono copies of the third version can be found with two labels, one green and the other white or silver. As for stereo copies, so far I have seen only green-labeled ones (image #14). If you are wondering how the green mono copies (image #12) can be distinguished from the green stereo copies (image #14), notice the S suffix in the latter’s catalogue number.

15. Title: Peggy Lee / Format: MP3 / Label: Unique Jazz / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2010 / Tracks: 10 / Note: MP3 edition of the Camay album under discussion, from a Public Domain label. Not recommended, due to its sound quality. (As of 2013, the audio could still be sampled here.) See also commentary below.


General Note:
The sound quality of the above-listed Camay LP is atrocious. In both my mono and stereo copies, the low volume and the overall dimness of the audio gives the (mis)impression that all the tracks were taped off a TV set, and without any mastering process. Granted that these were low budget releases primarily sold at drugstores, mom-and-pop places, and department stores, it is painful to think that customers from the 1960s were being exposes to material of such poor quality. Even more egregiously, nowadays Peggy Lee's Greatest is available on MP3 in the exact same terrible sound quality.

To further add to the subject matter at hand (sound quality), and to offer a less unilateral view, I would also like to quote herein Eric Graf’s evaluation of Western & Country Bonanza (Camay 3001). The record company issued that album in two versions, and one of them contains audio from telescriptions. Graf owns a stereo copy of the telescriptive version: The sound quality of my stereo LP, which is awful, is nevertheless typical of a clumsy budget-label attempt to create "simulated stereo", where a mono original is electronically doctored to create a quasi-stereo effect. In fact, it sounds a little better than I was expecting. They've added artificial reverb, split the frequency ranges between speakers (treble on the left, bass on the right), and occasionally they've resorted to panning the audio entirely to one speaker or the other. They've also filtered out most of the high frequencies, for reasons I'm at a loss to explain. (It was common practice when transferring from scratchy 78s, but makes no sense with a film source.)


IX. VIDEOS CONTAINING CLIPS FROM PEGGY LEE'S MUSIC SHORTS

General Note
All items below contain the same "It's A Good Day" clip from the 1947 short Midnight Serenade. Also, the immense majority of them are exact reissues of item #1, the 1956 video which first compiled the Lee performance.




Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: VHS / Label: Republic (Formerly known as National Telefilm Associates.) / Cat. No.: 2106 / Rel Year: 1958 (Some sources give a 1956 or a 1957 date to this video, but my copy has a 1958 date.) / Note: This is an official release, not a Public Domain item. It contains a collection of clips from various artist, held together through the narration of radio and TV announcer Art Gilmore. "The incomparable Peggy Lee performs It's A Good Day," reads the blurb in the back cover of the video's box. The release year specified in the back cover and in the video itself is 1958, which refers to the documentary's original copyright date, not the year on which the VHS was issued. Most likely, it came out in the 1980s. (The releasing company calls itself Republic Home Video. This name was legally acquired by National Telefilm Associates in the 1980s; its commercial video division was set up in 1983.)

2. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: DVD / Label: Levné Knihy / Cat. Num.: (Czech Republic) Lk 1065 9 / Rel. Year: 2008

3. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. No.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2005

4. Title: Jazz Ball - Hi De Ho ("Black Star Musicals Double Feature" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: Digital Disc / Cat. Num.: (Canada) Ddc 5519 / Rel. Year: unknown

5. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: VHS / Label: unknown / Cat. No.: 4405 / Rel. Year: unknown





Artwork Shown:

6. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. No.: (Europe) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

7. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: VHS / Label: Spotlite Video [A Division Of Republic] / Cat. Num.: ?2106 / Rel. Year: 1985

8. Title: Big Time Swing / Format: DVD / Label: Magic Play / Cat. Num.: Mp 5386 / Rel. Year: 2008

9. Title: Golden Age Of Jazz - Everybody Swings / Format: DVD-CD combo / Label: Quantum Leap / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) unknown / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Only the DVD features Lee.

10. Title: Jazz Legends, Part 1 ("The Golden Age Of Jazz" Series) / Format: DVD / Label: Quantum Leap / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 878 / Rel. Year: 2004


Artwork Missing:

11. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: VHS / Label: Video Yesteryear / Cat. No.: 1014 / Rel. Year: unknown

12. Title: Jazz Ball / Format: VHS / Label: Pearl / Cat. No.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown







  Artwork Shown:

  13. Title: Fever; The Music Of Peggy Lee / Format: DVD & VHS / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: 72435 99365 9 8 (DVD) & 72435 99365 3 6 (VHS) / Rel. Year:   2004 / Note: Peggy Lee's 1947 rendition of "It's A Good Day" is among the 20 performances of hers included in this   musical documentary.


Index

Listed below are the issues whose front covers are shown in this page. The Roman numeral that follows each title indicates the section in which the issue is located.

All Star Golden Classics ("The Best Of Jazz" Series, Volume 2): VII
All The Gals ("The Fabulous Forties" Series): VII
Big Time Swing: IX
Crooners & Divas ("Soundies" Series): VII
Fever; The Music Of Peggy Lee: IV, V, VI & IX
Golden Age Of Jazz - Everybody Swings: IX
In The Mood For Love ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 7): VII
Jazz And Big Band Classics; Classic Tracks From The Golden Era Of Jazz ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 8): VII
Jazz Ball: IX
Jazz Ball - Hi De Ho ("Black Star Musicals Double Feature" Series): IX
Jazz Legends, Part 1 ("The Golden Age Of Jazz" Series): IX
Jazz Singers, The: VII
Ladies Sing Jazz, The ("Jazz Voice" Series, Volume 2): VII
Ladies Sing The Blues, The: VII
Legends Of Laughter: Abbott & Costello: V
Let's Hear It For The Girls!; Classic Tracks From the Queens of Swing ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 3): VII
Lights, Camera, Action; Great Big Band From The Silver Screen ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 4): VII
Meet The Singers; Charly Video Presents The Swingtime Collection, Volume 18: VI
Meet The Singers, Volume 2; Swingtime Video 9: VI
Music Classics, Volume 1: VII
Peggy Lee (Camay): VIII
Peggy Lee ("In Concert" Series): VII
Peggy Lee, June Christy, Ina Ray Hutton, Lorraine Page, Rita Rio ("Swing Era" Series): VI
Peggy Lee Entertains: VII
Peggy Lee Singing At Her Best: VII
Peggy Lee's Greatest (Camay): VIII
Sleepytime Down South ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 2): VII
Swing! Swing! Swing!; Classic Tracks From The Great Big Bands ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 10): VII
Swingtime Presents Meet The Singers, 2; Volume 9: VI
Swingtime Video Special Collection: VII
That Was Then; Video Jukebox: VII
This Joint Is Jumpin'; Stompin' Classics From The Big Band Era ("The Jazz Classic Collection," Volume 5): VII
TV Gold, Volume 2: VII
TV's First Music Videos: The Snader Telescriptions: VII
Vocalists, The (Storyville): VI
Vocalists, The; Storyville Films Presents The Snaders Transcriptions: VI
Vocalists, The; The Snaders Transcriptions: VI
Vocalists, the – The Snader Telescriptions ("This Is DVD Jazz" Series): VI

The following items are also listed in the sections above, but at the present time I am missing artwork to represent them.

Jazz Ball (Pearl): IX
Jazz Ball (Video Yesteryear): IX
Meet The Singers, Volume 1: VI
Meet The Singers, Volume 2: VI