|Little Willie John, from Wikipedia, see link|
Peggy Lee was a cool jazz singer, also a song writer and actress. Her mom died when she was young and father remarried and things were very stressful at home, so Peggy took several part time singing gigs to get outta the house and help herself...that was the start of something good...real good, and she had her first hit in 1941 called 'Someone Else is Taking My Place' that made her famous says WIKIPEDIA.
In 1943, she married DAVE BARBOUR, a guitarist in BENNY GOODMAN's band, since there was a rule in the band that musicians could not date etc. you know what I mean...and Peggy sang with the band, he was fired by Goodman.
Lee is most famous for her cover version of 'Fever' in 1957 or '58. [I found this info listed as both dates]. 'Fever' was originally done by LITTLE WILLIE JOHN in 1956...go HERE for 'Fever' by Little Willie John [thanks ]. Steve loves Little Willie's Fever too...BUT, 'where's the bass?' says I. Anyway, I'll research Little Willie for Steve and this post when I'm done with Ms. Peggy Lee. O.K?
Here's just some of the awards that Peggy Lee received over her 60 years in entertainment. Well, let's see....hummm..there's three Grammys, she was inducted into the SONGWRITER's HALL OF FAME, [I read somewhere that she also wrote lotsa songs with her husband, Dave Barbour too]. She got some life-time achievement awards, of course. And, even more...see WIKIPEDIA to read them all.
As for acting, this is what I found.... Lee starred with DANNY THOMAS in THE JAZZ SINGER in 1952. In 1956, she played in the movie PETE KELLY's BLUES. and won an academy award for 'Best Supporting Actress'for that movie. Peggy did alotta 'voices' for Walt Disney's animated films.
She was married 4 times in her life and had one daughter, Nicki, with her first husband Dave Barbour.
She died in 2002, at age 81.
Now, for info on LITTLE WILLIE JOHN, he is listed as an 'American R & B singer' by WIKIPEDIA [photo link] and one of his most famous tunes was, of course, 'Fever' well known, and made famous covered by Peggy Lee, even though Fever sold over one million copies for Little Willie alone.....WOW. Yep, it's a cool tune all right.
I also read that he had an anger problem and liked too much alcohol...this led him into major problems with his record company [KING RECORDS?] and he was dropped by them in 1966.
In 1968, John was convicted of manslaughter after a knifing at a show in Seattle, Washington....sent to WASHINGTON STATE PENITENTIARY and died at the age of 30 in the pen...under kinda weird...well, here's what WIKIPEDIA says: " Little Willie John died in 1968 at Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington. Despite counter claims (Rolling Stone had reported that the death occurred after John checked into the prison hospital with pneumonia), the official cause of death was listed in his death certificate as a heart attack."
John was inducted into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in 1996. The End, Jan
Here's some related video links you may like listed below.
1.[ FEVER, by Little Willie John, by
2.] FEVER, by Peggy Lee, by
3.] LITTLE WILLIE JOHN, FAST LIFE, MYSTERIOUS DEATH AND BIRTH OF THE SOUL, by