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The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Showcase Of Her TV & Film Soundtrack Contributions

by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Apr 14, 2020


Scope And Contents

This page focuses on the singing and songwriting that Peggy Lee did for film soundtracks. Itemized below are all her known contributions to the field, except for those already covered in the two other film pages of this pictorial gallery: appearances onscreen (e.g., Pete Kelly's Blues) and animation (e.g., Walt Disney's Lady And The Tramp). Additionally, two sections of miscellanea will be found at the bottom of the present page. While the page's main sections concern themselves with material that Lee sang or wrote specifically for inclusion on film, the miscellaneous sections offer a sampling of Hollywood movies and TV series which have featured her pre-existing studio recordings.


I. THE WOMAN THEY ALMOST LYNCHED (1953)






Artwork And General Commentary:

1. Title: The Bullfighter And The Lady / Peggy Lee's contribution: none. / Note: This particular entry is included herein only as a supplement to a necessary clarification. The Bullfighter And The Lady is a 1951 Republic Pictures film with music composed by Victor Young. A poster is pictured above. The film's soundtrack offers both instrumental and vocal variants of the music theme that Young wrote for it. Featuring Spanish lyrics, the vocal version is sung by an uncredited, native-speaking female. The reason why this subject is of our interest: one year later, Young's theme enjoyed renewed life when Peggy Lee wrote a set of English lyrics. Renamed "How Strange," the resulting tune was then
used as the theme of the 1953 Republic film to be discussed next.

2-5. Title: The Woman They Almost Lynched / Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting only. / Note: The theme of this 1953 Republic Pictures film is a song titled "How Strange," with music by Victor Young and lyrics by Peggy Lee. She recorded the song for the record label to which they were contracted at the time, Decca Records. Shown above are movie posters and ads, including one for the French market. The gun-toting blonde is Audrey Totter, one of the two female protagonists, along with Joan Leslie. (Note the thematic similarities to the cult but comparatively better-known 1954 film Johnny Guitar, to be discussed in the next entry.)

On various websites dedicated to the world of film, it is wrongly reported that Lee also sings the number in the movie. The Lee's song is certainly heard sung by a female in the movie, but the singing voice is not Lee's. Unfortunately, the vocalist is not identified in the movie's credits. She might or might not be the female protagonist, actress Audrey Totter, who plays a saloon singer, and who had had vocal and dancing training. Her character is seen singing the number in full. (She even tackles a verse, which Lee skipped for her Decca recording of the song.)


II. JOHNNY GUITAR (1954)





General Commentary:
Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting and singing on the film's soundtrack. This section features all the VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray editions of the movie Johnny Guitar that I could locate on the web. I do not doubt that there are more, of which I remain unaware. (The large number of editions attests to the film's international popularity as a cult classic.) Bear in mind that my sources for most of these Johnny Guitar images are other online sites, whose reliability varies when it comes to specific data. Such website could have misidentified a few of the images, calling VHS tapes DVDs, and viceversa. Also, in many instances, the image is all what those websites provide; specific data has proven hard to track down.


Artwork:

1. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: LP / Label: Citadel / Cat. Num.: Ct 7026 / Rel. Year: 1981 / Note: Contains the soundtrack of this 1954 Republic Pictures film, for which Peggy Lee co-wrote and sang the theme. In this LP, Lee is heard singing the movie's theme twice -- first in the opening track and, later, as a reprise, in the closing track. On a different note, I should clarify that these movie soundtrack versions of the song "Johnny Guitar" are different from the studio recording that Lee did for Decca Records.

2. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: CD / Label: Varése Sarabande / Cat. Num.: Vsd 5377 / Rel. Year: 1993 / Note: Same contents as in item #1. Officially sanctioned compact disc.

3. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: CD / Label: Disconforme's Soundtrack Factory / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Sfcd 33509 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Same contents as in item #1 and #2. Public Domain disc, probably copied from item #1.

4. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: CD / Label: Disconforme / Cat. Num.: (Spain) Gv 1341 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Same contents as in previous items. Public Domain disc, apparently a re-designed reissue of item #3.






Artwork Shown:

5. Title: Johnny Guitar / Note: Image #5 shows a movie poster. The images next to the poster show various issues that use it for their front cover; further details below. (See images below for additional issues with the same front cover.)

6. Title: Johnny Guitar ("Martin Scorsese Presents" Series) / Format: VHS / Label: Republic (also listed as CBS-Fox) / Cat. Num.: 2127 / Rel. Year: 1994 (also listed as 1991)

7. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: VHS / Label: 4Front / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 1999

8. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: Blu-Ray & DVD / Label: Olive Films / Cat. Num.: 448 / Rel. Year: 2012

9. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: Laser Disc / Label: Republic / Cat. Num.: Id6117Re / Rel. Year: 1987 / Note: Distributed by Image Entertainment





Artwork Shown:

10. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: VHS / Label: Nta Home Entertainment / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

11. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: VHS / Label: Nta Home Entertainment / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

12. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: VHS / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

13. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: VHS / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

14. Title: Johnny Guitar (Wenn Frauen Hassen) / Format: VHS / Label: / Cat. Num.: (Germany) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown





Artwork Shown:

15. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Universal / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) unknown / Discs: 2 / Rel. Year: 2005

16. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Metro Goldwin Meyer / Cat. Num.: (France) unknown / Rel. Year: 2000

17. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Paramount / Cat. Num.: (France) unknown / Rel. Year: 2007

18. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Art Haus / Cat. Num.: (Germany) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

19. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Art Haus / Cat. Num.: (Germany) unknown / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Appears to be a reissue of item #17.





Artwork Shown:

20. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Enjoy Movies - Univideo / Cat. Num.: (Italy) unknown / Rel. Year: 2009

21. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Spain) unknown / Rel. Year: 2003

22. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Portugal) unknown / Rel. Year: 2003

23. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Ydm ___ / Cat. Num.: (South Korea) unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

24. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown





Artwork Shown:

25. Title: Johnny Guitar (Video Graph Classic Library) / Format: VHS / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: (Japan) Vz 948 / Rel. Year: unknown

26. Title: Johnny Guitar / Format: DVD / Label: Euro International / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown

27. Title: Johnny Guitar (Wild West Collection) / Format: DVD / Label: unknown / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown


III. ABOUT MRS. LESLIE (1954)





Artwork And General Commentary:

Title: About Mr. Leslie / Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting only. / Note: the 1954 Paramount movie About Mr. Leslie is relatively obscure. It was never released on VHS, not has it been officially released on DVD or any other film format. However, a homemade but reasonably well-prepared DVD-r version of the film can be found for sale at many reputable online sites. As its front cover, the DVD-r in question replicates the poster shown in image #3 above. Advertisement for the movie is also on display in image #2.

Various sources of note, including David Meeker's Jazz On The Screen, identify this movie's love theme as "I Love You So." So does the sheet music, pictured in the first image above. Victor Young, who scored the film, is credited as the tune's co-writer, along with Peggy Lee.

Some of the same sources add or suggest that Lee sings the number in the movie's soundtrack. That particular piece of information is inaccurate. The only two vocals in the soundtrack are sung by the film's protagonist, Shirley Booth, and neither one is "I Love You So." (Both are standards: "Kiss The Boys Goodbye" & "I'm in The Mood For Love"). It thus seems that "I Love You So" was written for the film, yet was left unused or cut from its soundtrack.




IV. THE RACERS (1955)





Artwork And General Commentary:

1 & 2. Title: The Racers / Peggy Lee's contribution: singing only. / Note: In the soundtrack of this 1955 film from 20th Century Fox, Peggy Lee is heard singing the movie's love theme, "I Belong To You." The vocal seems to be the same one that Decca released on the 1955 single 29429 (78 rpm) and 9-29429 (78 rpm). Image #1 shows a movie card, image #2 a movie poster.

3. Title: The Racers / Format: VHS / Label: 20th Century Fox / Cat. Num.: 1879 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: As far as I have been able to ascertain, this movie has not been released on DVD.

4. Title: The Racers - Daddy Long Legs ("Masters Film Music" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Varése Sarabande / Cat. Num.: Srs 2015 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Contains the movie's soundtrack, including Peggy Lee's love theme. Also includes the ballet piece that Alex North composed for the movie Daddy Long Legs.


V. THE RAWHIDE YEARS (1956)





General Commentary:

Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting only. / In 1954, Laurindo Almeida and Peggy Lee co-wrote and recorded number titled "The Gypsy With Fire In His Shoes." Her Decca studio recording remained unreleased until 1957. The reason for the delay is not officially known. Clues can be gleaned from the fact that the Decca release occurred only after the song had been featured in the movie to be discussed herein. I suspect that the song had been written for -- and was thus tied to -- the movie, whose making and premiering might have taken much longer than expected.

Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Rawhide Years / Format: DVDr / Label: Loving The Classics / Cat. Num: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: The film under scrutiny has not been commercially issued on DVD. Image #1 shows a DDVr sold by the collectors' commercial website lovingtheclassics.com, which specializes in issuing Public Domain movies.

2 & 3. Title: The Rawhide Years / Note: Shown in these images are movie ads and posters for the Universal movie The Rawhide Years. That 1956 movie featured the debut of the song that Almeida and Lee had co-written in 1954, "The Gypsy With Fire In His Shoes." In the film the number is performed by leading lady Colleen Miller.


VI. THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS (1957)





Artwork And General Commentary:

Title: The Spirit Of St. Louis / Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting only. / Note: In 1955, Peggy Lee and harpist Stella Castellucci co-wrote a song for this biopic about aviation maverick Charles Lindbergh, which premiered in 1957. Ultimately, their song, called “We,” was not used. Warner Brothers opted to use instrumentals instead. Probably not helping matters was the fact that the label slated to release the soundtrack was RCA, rather than Capitol or Decca. Other than the instrumental, the only other song featured is an uncredited vocal version of the late 1920s tune “Rio Rita,” heard through a phonograph. “My first collaboration with Peggy was a song called We,” commented Castellucci in her autobiography Diving Deep For Sea Shells. “Peg wrote the lyrics and I wrote the music … Peg submitted it for the main title and it was almost chosen.” The above-seen images show movie ads and posters.


VII. MY MAN GODFREY (1957)





Artwork And General Commentary:

1-3. Title: My Man Godfrey / Peggy Lee's contribution: possibly songwriting; see ensuing explanation. / Note: Starring David Niven and June Allyson, the film under consideration is a remake of the 1936 William Powell - Carole Lombard classic. Shown above, in images #1, #2, and #3 are movie posters and ads. According to various online sites, including Turner Movie Classics, the theme of this 1957 Universal movie was co-written by Peggy Lee with Sonny Burke, and is heard over the opening credits in the voice of Sarah Vaughan.

Nevertheless, the commercial video listed below features no such vocal. Instead, instrumental music is played over the opening credits of the VHS release.

I do not know if TMC and other websites are simply mistaken on this matter. It could be that such a song was written by Lee and sung by Vaughan for the soundtrack, but ultimately discarded in favor of an instrumental. If any readers are better i formed on the matter, I would appreciate hearing from them via email (ivansantiagomercado@earthlink.net).

4. Title: My Man Godfrey / Format: VHS / Label: MCA Universal / Cat. Num.: 81318 / Rel. Year: 1994


VIII. JOHNNY TROUBLE (1957)





Artwork And General Commentary:

1-4 . Title: Johnny Trouble / Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting only. / Note: Frank DeVol did the score and Peggy Lee wrote the theme for this 1957 Warner Brothers movie. Her songwriting assignment might have actually been done in collaboration with Victor Young, who would pass away in late 1956. Lee is also known to have done demo records of the song, which are still extant. (I will be further researching the matter of Young’s involvement and Lee’s demos when I create this discography’s page for movie soundtrack sessions.) But in the film the lyrics was sung by a male vocalist (Eddie Robertson), not by Lee. The above-seen images show movie ads, cards, and posters.


IX. THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION (1957)





Artwork And General Commentary:

1. Title: The Pride And The Passion / Peggy Lee's contribution: possibly songwriting; see ensuing explanation. / Note: Primarily a lyricist, Peggy Lee occasionally wrote music, too. Online movie sites credit Lee with the instrumental theme of this 1957 United Artists movie. She is also credited as one of the movie's songwriters on reputable commercial sites, such as Amazon and Barnes And Noble. Unfortunately, I have found no actual, solid corroboration for this claim. For what is worth, notice that Lee's friends Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra co-starred in the movie, thereby establishing a (tenuous) connection between her and the film. See also note #2. On display in image #1 is a movie poster.

2. Title: The Pride And The Passion / Format: LP / Label: Capitol / Cat. Num.: W 873 / Rel Year: 1957 / Note: This soundtrack album makes no mention whatsoever of Lee. The album's entire contents are credited to composer George Antheil. Such lack of mention further contributes to the doubts raised in entry #1. Since Lee was a Capitol artist at this point in time, one would have expected, at the very least, a mention in the back cover's liner notes. Then again, perhaps Lee's contribution was perceived as minimal in comparison to Antheil's, and thus unfairly ignored in the listing of credits.

3. Title: The Pride And The Passion / Format: DVD / Label: MGM / Rel Year: 2004

4. Title: The Pride And The Passion / Format: VHS / Label: MGM / Cat. Num. / Rel Year: 2000 (earlier edition with the same artwork but no frontal reference to Vintage Classics: probably 1992)


X. ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)





General Commentary:

Title: Anatomy Of A Murder / Peggy Lee's contribution: post-production writing of vocal inspired by the film's theme / Note: In 1959, Duke Ellington asked Peggy Lee to write a lyric set to the theme of his score for the Columbia film Anatomy Of A Murder, which premiered that same year. There is no indication that the lyric was intended for inclusion in the movie. As far as I can ascertain, the movie had already been completed when the lyric was written. Ellington probably felt that the song resulting from the combination of his music with her lyric would bring further attention to the score. If so, the Duke's instincts were on target. Peggy Lee came up with "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," a piece which has gone to being recorded by a good number of jazz artists. Among the earliest were Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé and, of course, Lee herself. For further details, consult my notes under the date at which Lee recorded her version (July 26, 1960), in this page.


XI. THE TIME MACHINE (1960)





General Commentary:

Title: H.G. Well's The Time Machine / Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting only. / Note: Peggy Lee is credited with writing both words and music for the theme of this 1960 George Pal film. Entitled "The Land Of Leal," the theme was even incorporated to David Duncan's original script (viewable, as of July 2011, at http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/TheTimeMachine_1959.html ). Unfortunately, however, the song ended up being dropped from the final movie product.

The very effective opening of H.G. Well's The Time Machine spotlights a battery of clock sounds. According to the script, Peggy Lee's composition was to follow that opening. In its place, the actual movie features a typical, sweepingly dramatic music score. (Russ Garcia was responsible for the film's full music score.) Through the rest of the movie, there were two or three additional spots where the melody was to be heard, according to the script. The protagonist himself (The Time Traveler) was expected to whistle the melody, identified in the script as his favorite tune. In the final movie product, the protagonist shows a penchant for voiceovers but not for whistling.


XII. JOY HOUSE (1964)





General Commentary:

Title: Joy House (aka Les Félins) / Peggy Lee's contribution: writing of vocal inspired by the film's theme / Note: In 1964, Peggy Lee wrote a lyric to Lalo Schrifrin's theme for this MGM thriller. Lee's lyric is not heard in the movie. Since it was written on the same year in which the film premiered, there is a chance that the lyric was commissioned to be heard on the movie itself, but ultimately unused. I have not found any indication pointing in that direction, though. In any case, Lee herself recorded the song for Capitol Records on July 6, 1964, under the title "Just Call Me Lovebird." Capitol incorporated it to her album In The Name of Love.


XIII. WALK, DON'T RUN (1966)





General Commentary:

Title: Walk, Don't Run / Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting / Note: With composer Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee wrote two numbers ("Stay With Me, Stay With Me" and "Happy Feet") for this 1966 Columbia Pictures film, which was Cary Grant's swan song. Lee was also slated to record them for the movie's soundtrack, but illness prevented her from doing so within the scheduled time. Hence Tony Clementi sings "Stay With Me, Stay With Me" in the movie soundtrack, and The Don Elliott Voices take care of "Happy Feet." Later on, though, she did go on to record both numbers for Capitol Records (May 21, 1966).


XIV. THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1966)





General Commentary:

Title: The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming / Peggy Lee's contribution: post-production writing of vocal inspired by the film's theme / Note: The 1966 United Artists film was scored by Johnny Mandel, who asked Peggy Lee to write a lyric for its love theme. Mandel appears to have made his request after the film was already completed and scored. The lyric was thus commissioned not for use in the film itself but for incision in the United Artists 1966 LP The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; Original Motion Picture Score. The number written by Peggy Lee, "The Shining Sea" ranks as one of the better-known ballads from her songwriting catalogue. It is sung by Irene Kral in the United Artists album. Lee recorded her own version for Capitol Records on May 21, 1966.


XV. THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER (1968)





General Commentary:

Title: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter / Peggy Lee's contribution: writing of vocal inspired by the film's theme / Note: Dave Grusin wrote the music for this 1968 Warner Brothers film. Lee wrote lyrics to the movie's theme that same year. Specifics such as to whether she was enlisted for this task are unknown to me. It us thus possible that her lyric was initially planned for inclusion in the film, but ultimately left unused. It is just as possible however, that Lee acted on her own, perhaps inspired by the movie's memorable title. Note, incidentally, that the person who came up with that title was American writer Carson McCullers, on whose novel the movie is based. Note also that Peggy Lee waited until 1974 to record her own song. The occasion that compelled the recording of the number was her one-album partnership with Dave Grusin, which resulted in Let's Love, for Atlantic Records.


XVI. PIECES OF DREAMS (1970)





General Commentary:

Title: Pieces Of Dreams / Peggy Lee's contribution: singing only. / Note: In this 1970 United Artists movie, Peggy Lee is heard singing the debut vocal of a number that many other artists would record later on. The song in question, "Pieces of Dreams," served as the film's theme and is also known by its first line, "Little Boy Lost." The number went on to become an Academy award nominee in the category of Best Song.


XVII. RIDER ON THE RAIN (1970)





General Commentary:

Title: Rider On The Rain (aka Le Passager de la Pluie) / Peggy Lee contribution: songwriting / Note: Peggy Lee wrote an English lyric to Francis Lai's main theme for this French-Italian film, which was produced by Greenwich Films and Medusa Produzione in 1970. In the film, the vocal is heard in French, as sung by native speaker Séverine. do not know if Lee had any direct connection to the film. She did record the number herself, and included it in her 1970 Capitol album Make It With You.


XVIII. ARRUZA (1971)





Artwork And General Commentary:

1-3. Title: Arruza / Peggy Lee's contribution: possibly songwriting; see ensuing explanation. / Note: In this 1971 Avco Embassy documentary, Anthony Quinn narrates the life of Mexican matador Carlos Arruza. Movie posters are shown in images #1 and #3. In addition to enjoying theatrical release, this relatively obscure documentary has also been released on VHS (image #2). Although Peggy Lee was not involved at all in the making of this particular film, there was a connection between her and the movie's subject. As will be shortly explained, that connection raises in turn the possibility of her involvement in an earlier version of the movie.

According to an article published in a 1957 magazine, the titular matador was friends with Lee's third husband, Dewey Martin, and even dedicated a bull to her. One year later, she composed a number entitled "The Walk To The Ring (Theme For Carlos)." I have not heard it, and cannot categorically assert that the "Carlos" in question was Arruza -- but I'm assuming such to be the case. Because the song identifies itself as a theme, I am left to wonder if it was conceived for a prospective movie -- and if such hypothetical movie could have been an early, pre-production version of this 1971 documentary.


XIX. THE NICKEL RIDE (1974)





General Commentary:

Title: The Nickel Ride / Peggy Lee's contribution: songwriting (vocal inspired by the film's theme) / Note: This entry shares various similarities with a previous one, for Rider On The Rain (1970). Dave Grusin scored this 1974 Twenty Century Fox 1974 movie. Peggy Lee wrote this movie theme while she was working with Grusin at Atlantic Records. The number is not heard in the movie, and Lee's own recording of the (seemingly autobiographical) lyric remained unreleased until its appearance as a bonus track in the 2003 CD edition of the Atlantic album Let's Love from Rhino Handmade Records.


XX. SHARKY'S MACHINE (1979)





General Commentary:
Peggy Lee's contribution: siniging only. For this movie's soundtrack, Burt Reynolds and company hired a constellation of jazz and pop stars. Peggy Lee was enlisted to sing a number entitled "Let's Keep Dancing," credited to Clifton T. Crofford, John Durrill, Bobby Troup, and Snuff Garrett. (I have not watched this flick. One movie viewer reports that this Lee is dimly heard for a very short time.)


Artwork Shown:

1. Title: The Soundtrack Music From Burt Reynolds Sharky's Machine / Format: LP / Label: Warner Brothers / Cat. Num.: Bsk 3653 / Rel. Year: 1981

2. Title: Sharky's Machine / Note: movie poster.

3. Title: Sharky's Machine / Format: DVD / Label: Warner Home Video / Cat. Num.: 00853 9 22024 2 3 / Rel. Year: 1998 / Note: For VHS issues, see below.





Artwork Shown:

4. Title: Sharky's Machine / Format: VHS / Label: Warner Brothers / Cat. Num.: 22024 / Rel. Year: 1991

5. Title: Sharky's Machine / Format: VHS / Label: Warner Brothers / Cat. Num.: Wev 7 22024 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: Might or might not be a British edition of the videotape.

6-7. Title: Sharky's Machine / Note: I have no information about the items shows in these two pictures, The first might be a DVD. Although named a DVD online, the second could instead be a movie poster. Note connection with item #8 (i/e/. the appearance of the 18 number on all three images.





Artwork Shown:

8. Title: Sharky's Machine / Format: VHS / Label: Warner Brothers / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) S022024 / Rel. Year: 1981 / Note: The telease date, found on the back, could be a reference to the movie's debut, rather than the videotape.

9. Title: Sharky's Machine / Format: VHS / Label: Warner's Orion / Cat. Num.: 22024 / Rel. Year: 1981 or 1982

10. Title: Sharky's Machine / Format: VHS / Label: Warner's Orion / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Apparently a reprint of item #7, with minor differences in the cover's design (color, picture size).

11. Title: Sharky's Machine / Format: CED / Label: Warner Brothers - RCA / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: possibly 1981; no later than 1986 / Note: This item is a so-called videodisc or capacitance electronic disc, which requires its own videodisc machine to play. (This video technology competed with laser discs, and lost the battle. By 1987, CEDs were not being manufactured any longer.)




MISCELLANEA

Since the last decades of the previous century, EMI, MCA and, more recently, Universal have leased selected studio recordings by Peggy Lee for inclusion in movie soundtracks. Not surprisingly, the most commonly requested numbers have been her best-known hits (with "Fever" leading the pack) and her own hit compositions (primarily, "It's A Good Day"). In the first section below, I am offering just a sample of films for which other Lee recordings were chosen, so as to give an idea of the variety of movie genres at hand. Naturally, Peggy Lee's work has also been leased for inclusion in televised and streamed series. For the second and final section below, I have chosen the most worthwhile entries in that category.


A. SELECTED MOVIES THAT HAVE FEATURED PEGGY LEE'S STUDIO RECORDINGS






Artwork Shown:

1. Title: Monkey Shines / Note: Peggy Lee's recordings of "There'll Be Another Spring," "Ain't We Got Fun," "The Glory Of Love" and "That's All" were incorporated to the soundtrack of this 1988 George Romero horror flick. "That's All" is prominently heard in the film's climactic scene, to particularly sardonic effect. An Orion picture.

2. Title: Gorillas In The Mist; The Story of Dian Fossey / Note: Peggy Lee's recordings of "September In The Rain," "It's A Good Day" and "Sugar" are al heard on this 1988 Warner Brothers film's soundtrack. All three numbers are commendably played at considerabe length.

3. Title: King Kong / Note: Peggy Lee Decca recording of "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" is used to memorable impact in a scene of this 2005 Universal Pictures film, which is one among Hollywood's various remakes of the 1930s classic tale.





Artwork Shown:

4. Title: American Beauty / Note: Written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes, the Oscars' Best Picture for the year 1999 brought long-overdue attention to Peggy Lee's excellent but long-neglected 1949 recording of "Bali Ha'i." A Dreamworks film.

5. Title: The Notorious Betty Page / Note: Along with Julie London and Jeri Southern, Peggy Lee is one of the three "luscious blondes" from the 1950s heard in the soundtrack of this 2005 movie about the raven-haired 1950s pinup girl. "Goody Goody" and "It's A Good Day" are the Lee recordings used. Co-produced by Killer Films and HBO.

6. Title: After Hours / Note: Peggy Lee's recording of "Is That All There Is" was put to very effective use in the soundtrack of this 1985 Martin Scorsese film. To this day, some fans of Lee identify their viewing of this movie as the time in which they became either acquainted with or interested in the singer. Produced by Geffen Pictures and Warner Brothers.

7. Title: Va Savoir / Note: Peggy Lee's 1964 Capitol recording of "Senza Fine" was included in the soundtrack of this 2001 French romantic comedy, produced by Films du Losange. The inclusion in the soundtrack elicited in turn EMI's release of a promotional CD single, containing only that Lee recording.





Artwork Shown:

8. Title: About Adam / Note: Peggy Lee's recording of "Sisters" is part of the soundtrack of this 2005 BBC-produced romantic comedy.

9. Title: This World, Then The Fireworks / Note: Peggy Lee's rendition of "My Silent Love" is included in the Chet Baker-favored soundtrack of this 1997 Orion noir.

10. Title: Savages / Note: Peggy Lee's Decca recording of the children song "I Don't Want To Play In Your Yard" graces the soundtrack of this siblings story, released by Fox Searchlight in 2007.

11. Title: The Two Jakes / Note: Renditions by Peggy Lee ("Don't Smoke In Bed") and Jo Stafford ("Haunted Heart") are heard in this 1990 Paramount sequel to the 1975 neo-noir classic Chinatown.





Artwork Shown:

12. Title: La Tête De Maman / Note: Peggy Lee's version of "You're So Right For Me" is one of the numbers heard in the soundtrack of this 2007 French coming-of-age film.

13. Title: The Yards / Note: This family crime drama was released by Miramax in 1999. Peggy Lee's recording of "I'm Beginning To See The Light" is part of its soundtrack.

14. Title: Cafe Society / Note: Peggy Lee, June Christy, and Kurt Elling are heard in the soundtrack of this period drama (1950s) directed by Raymond de Felitta, who would go on to film the documentary 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris 10 years later. The song "Remind Me" is heard as recorded by Peggy Lee and also as performed by some of the movie's actors.

15. Title: Bugsy / Note: Peggy Lee's Capitol renditions of "Waiting For The Train To Come In" and "Why Don't You Do Right?" are part of the soundtrack of this 1991 film about gangster Bugsy Siegel. Capitol artists Johnny Mercer, Jo Stafford, and Margaret Whiting are among the other acts whose recordings grace the film's soundtrack.


B. TELEVISED AND STREAMED SERIES THAT HAVE PROMINENTLY FEATURED PEGGY LEE'S VOCALS







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1-4. Title: Bernard And Doris / Note: Written by Hugh Costello, produced by Mark Kassen and directed by Bob Babalan, this noteworthy 2006 HBO TV movie features a well-integrated all-Peggy Lee soundtrack. The film's real-life story centers on the relationship between wealthy socialite Doris Duke and her butler Bernard Lafferty. A recovering alcoholic, Rafferty had previously been under Peggy Lee's employ, which he reportedly left in order to enter a rehabilitation center. Of the four vocals in the film's soundtrack, two ("Somebody Nobody Loves" and "The Best Is Yet To Come") are exclusively heard in Peggy Lee's voice, courtesy of her studio recordings of those numbers. One of the other number is not heard in her voice. Susan Sarandon, the movie's female protagonist, sings "All I Need Is You," a relatively obscure tune that Lee recorded in 1941, when she was the vocalist of The Benny Goodman Orchestra. The remaining track is an even more obscure 1951 Peggy Lee master which had not even been released until the year 2000: "I Love The Way You're Breaking My Heart." In the soundtrack, that number is heard in two versions, one by Lee and another by protagonists Sarandon and Ralph Fiennes, in the scene pictured above. (At the piano is actor Nick Rolfe, who is in fact a pianist as well.) Bernard And Doris actually popularized "I Love The Way You're Breaking My Heart," sending many a viewer in search of a CD or download of the song.







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5-13. Title: Six Feet Under / Note: Through the seven seasons of Alan Ball's arresting HBO series Six Feet Under (2001-2005), Peggy Lee's voice was handily heard in seven episodes, too. The pilot featured "I Love Being Here With You" in a scene that was partially reprised in the second episode of that first season, and once more in the first episode of the second season. "Things Are Swingin' " was also played during the first season's second episode, and "Everything's Moving Too Fast" during the twelfth. Ball and company used two more Lee recordings: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (third season's first episode, broadcast in 2003) and "Take A Little Time To Smile" (fourth season's ninth episode, broadcast in 2004). Seen above are the qualifying DVD releases of the show, including complete boxed sets. Furthermore, "I Love Being Here With You" was included in the 2002 Universal CD Six Feet Under; Music From The HBO Original Series (#440 017 031 2).







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14-19. Title: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel / Note: this Amazon streaming series has so far won one Emmy (2018) and one Golden Globe (2017), both in the category of Best Comedy. Intrinsic to its cool atmosphere, the series' music soundtrack choices are primarily courtesy of writer-director Daniel Palladino, who co-produces the series with his wife and show creator, Amy Sherman. In interviews, Sherman has credited Palladino with having an extensive record collection and deep knowledge of songs from past decades.

Peggy Lee's musical legacy enjoyed a fine run during the show's first season. The pilot (2017) featured two of her recordings, "It's A Good Day" and "Pass Me By." The screenshot seen below is from the fourth episode of the series, which is set in New York in the late 1950s. During the scene from which that screenshot was taken, we watch two of the main characters (Midge, Susie) as they walk into Greenwich Village's Music Inn record store. Peggy Lee's recording of "Fever" plays on the soundtrack. The space inside the store offers no sight of any Lee single or LP during that particular scene; bins of rock 'n' roll LPs are flavored instead. However, the last episode of the season gives us another character's visit to the Music Inn (Joe), during which we catch side of a Peggy Lee LP album cover (Songs From Pete Kelly's Blues) on one of the store's walls.

Two other seasons have been filmed so far, and each has featured one Peggy Lee vocal. In the second season, the third episode offered her 1947 Capitol version of "There'll Be Some Changes Made." The third season have us Lee fans wait until the fifth episode, but the wait is worth it. In one of the most memorable segments from the entire series, we are treated to the cavorting of two characters across the Miami nightlife scene. One part of the segment takes place at at a Tiki-decorated nightclub, where two characters (Midge, Lenny) sit, smoke, chat and intently stare at each other as a very picturesque performance of "Loco Amor" takes place around them. Subsequently, the pair gets up for some slow dancing, and as they do the soundtrack segues from "Loco amor" to "Till There Was You." Sung by Peggy Lee, this version of "Till There Was You" was originally released on her 1960 Capitol album Latin Ala Lee. (As for the preceding interpretation of "Loco amor," it is a newly recorded rendition, by Cuban singer-percussionist Pedrito Martínez. The vintage version which served as Martínez' inspiration dates from 1964, courtesy of the Cuban duo Los Diablos Melódicos. The duo's version was also featured on a film, though one of a different stripe: the 1964 Soviet propaganda pseudo-documentary "Soy Cuba." In fact, the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel nightclub scene under discussion is itself a remake of or tribute to an equivalent black & white scene from the gorgeously filmed documentary.)

In early 2019, Universal Records issued on both CD and LP an anthology of songs from the first season. The gatefold LP is pictured below (last two images). Among its selections is Peggy Lee's version of "Pass Me By" (track #4).