Peggy Lee

Listen to the Magic

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This European compilation consists of Peggy Lee air checks from the late '40s, when the singer was establishing her solo career through radio and records. Many of the performances find her backed by her guitarist-husband and songwriting partner Dave Barbour, along with the bands of Woody Herman and Billy May. Some of the tracks are taken from Bing Crosby's radio show, backed by the orchestra of John Scott Trotter. (Crosby is heard handling introductions here and there.) Lee sings a few of her hits of the period-"Golden Earrings," "I Don't Know Enough About You," "It's A Good Day," and "It's All Over Now" -- as well as several other songs she wrote with Barbour and standards such as "I've Got a Right to Sing the Blues," "Just One of Those Things," and "I've Got the World on a String." The album makes a good complement to Lee's Capitol recordings of the '40s, especially because a recording ban in 1948 limited her studio opportunities.