Peggy Lee: The Lost Masters - JazzWax

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June 16, 2008


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Michael Steinman

Sammy Jonah and Dudley Dobbins? I would guess that there are famous players hiding behind those pseudonyms on that odd Capitol 78. (Benny Carter did a few sides under an alias as I recall.) As for the dreadful Lee material, "Sunshine Cake" was a Bing Crosby film song, and the pseudo-Mexicana things must have something to do with Lee's "Manana," which belongs to the same school of art as do all those sculptures of sleeping Mexican men. Political correctness is not always a welcome thing, but the qualms we feel at such art are an improvement over past attitudes.


Peggy Lee Discography Release with catalog numbers, Mono/Stereo and photo vinyls 78rpm here:
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