Peggy Lee

Golden Earrings

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This three-disc, 42-track collection chronicles Peggy Lee's first solo stint with Capitol Records in the mid- to late '40s, shortly after she left her spot as a singer with Benny Goodman's band in 1943. While many would argue that her best work was done a decade later with Decca and her second go-round with Capitol, the selections here (most of them done with husband Dave Barbour and his orchestra) show an assured vocalist with a firm understanding of the pop side of jazz. Among the classic highlights included here are her out-of-the-gate hit for Capitol, "Waiting for the Train to Come In"; the 1948 smash "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)"; and the title track, "Golden Earrings."

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