A native New Yorker hailing from Long Island, the stage bug bit Peggy Cone at a very young age. While supposedly studying Art History and Fashion Illustration, she would spend her time lip synching the songs of such diverse vocal stylists as Cher, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and the Supremes. She was also a tremendous fan of the great dance movies of Busby Berkeley and studied dance with Frankie Manning, one of the world's leading champions of the Lindy. Cone's first gig came in 1993 at a New York City club called the Tatou. She then put together her own jazz trio. In 1994, she formed Cone Entertainment and released her first CD, Peggy Cone Sings. But her big break came when she formed her own swing band, billed as the Central Park Stompers. Combining her vocal, fashion, and dancing gifts, Cone created a show with a 1930's ambience. Featuring a feathered boa, Cone outfits herself in one of her 100 dazzling vintage gowns and one of her 300 hats. She has taken this act to venues up and down the east coast. Her revue combines the sophistication of Josephine Baker with the emotion of Billie Holiday seasoned with a healthy dose of swing music made popular by the big band of the '40s. The resulting concoction is a tasty serving of appetizing musical fare. In 1999, Cone released a second CD Peggy Cone & the Central Park Stompers. Although intended as a promotional album, (only 20 minutes long with six songs), it nonetheless captures Cone's special, exuberant talent. As the '90c came to an end, Cone continued to be a popular act in N.Y.C. and environs.
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