One of my closest friends told me once that when he was growing up in small town Texas his mother demanded total silence in the house when Peggy Lee’s “Fever” came over the radio.
I’ve always loved Peggy Lee and that story. Even in a conservative, Presbyterian household in Texas there was something of a deep understanding, even an homage to the girl singer who graduated into a sultry songwriter unique in the annals of the American Songbook.
Peggy Lee was innocent and sexy, sultry and shy, happy and melancholy all at once. Her voice gained smoke over the years and she carved out a special place in our musical heritage, recording innumerable songs and writing the music and lyrics to many of her greatest hits.
Perhaps the most famous of these many hits was “Fever,” a song that set the standard for steamy sexual metaphor. Here she is in her prime performing the song to which she will always be identified. Enjoy!
Sean O’Meara performs his “American Songbook Gold” around Southern California with original arrangements by Ed Martel of some of America’s greatest songs.