Miss Peggy Lee’s 6-decade career as a recording artist and songwriter began in Jamestown, North Dakota in 1920. She was born with the name Norma Deloris Egstrom and began performing at the age of 14 with a local band, The Doc Haines Orchestra. The band performed live for local radio stations, including WDAY in Fargo, ND. The program director at WDAY admired Norma’s voice but not her name. “You look like a Peggy” he told her after an audition and promptly she was re-christened Peggy Lee.

Several years later, now a late teenager, Miss Lee was appearing at The Buttery, an exclusive supper club in the Ambassador West Hotel on Chicago's Gold Coast. One evening, Benny Goodman, in town for a date at The College Inn in the Hotel Sherman, at the urging of his wife, Alice, stopped by to catch the increasingly talked-about Peggy Lee. The next day he telephoned to ask her to join his band.

Miss Lee stayed with the Goodman entourage for two years, and in 1942, she recorded a Lil Green song, "Why Don't You Do Right (And Get Me Some Money Too)" with the band. At almost the same time, a fine guitarist, Dave Barbour, joined the Goodman Band. A year later, Lee and Barbour were married and left the band for good.

The two settled in Los Angeles, where Dave Dexter, who with Johnny Mercer founded Capitol Records, persuaded her to come out of her "retirement" to take part in a special compilation album, titled “New America Jazz,” which led to a full-blown solo career in records. Beginning in 1945, she recorded for Capitol…

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