Peggy Lee - The Fabulous Miss Lee (Vinyl, LP, Album)

Location: Massachusetts. CBackley and Ridin'High like this. First and foremost: the harp. We have already touched upon the importance of this instrument in the conception of the album; we have also made reference to Peggy Lee's great enjoyment of its sound. In the back cover of Sea Shellsshe declares that "[w]e used the harp in this album to capture the mood of the sea -- and because it's just wonderful to sing with harp.

Stella was immediately integrated to Lee's jazz group. At that point in time, the group consisted of bass, drums, piano, and trumpet.

Now there would be a harp in the mix. At the singer's nightclub acts, Stella would Album) be given solo spots, too. Some of the numbers from those solo spots actually ended up in Sea Shells. We can thus gather that Castellucci's playing served as one of the inspirations for Lee's idea of recording an extended long play with harp.

As the singer declares in her own notes for the Sea Shells album, "Stella Castellucci accompanies me often, which I deem an honor and a pleasure. She is a truly fine musician The harp that she played throughout Sea Shells was the same one that she had been using for Lee's nightclub performances across the country. It was baptized as Peggy Lee Harp.

I believe that the photo seen at the top of this post features not one but two Peggy Lees: the human one by the piano, and the stringed one behind the piano.

For anyone looking at the photo and wondering: Peggy was not a piano player per se, but she had a basic, listener-based understanding that allowed her to operate it. From the s onwards, a piano was a constant presence in the various homes where the singer resided. She made use of it while composing melodies and looking into arrangements.

Talking about piano playing, the only other player heard in the Sea Shells album besides Stella Castellucci is Gene DiNovi, a musician who served as one of Peggy Lee's pianists during the first half of the s.

The man is said to have joined the two women on the last day of recording. The decision to add one more instrument was presumably predicated on a desire to add more musical variety to the proceedings.

Peggy Lee - The Fabulous Miss Lee (Vinyl, more conceptual reason for the choice of a harpsichord is given by Lee in her album notes: "it creates an interesting far away mood with which to sing. He was not only Lee's occasional pianist but also, around this time, one of the various folks who were or had been staying at her home in Hollywood. Brooklyn-born and raised, DiNovi had been accompanying Lee at her New York gigs during the first half of the s.

He had never been to California before the day on which she phoned and talked him into coming over, to stay at her home for a while. He was actually one of various folks who were temporarily living in her house then. According to a Peggy Lee biographer, the time period that DiNovi spent there felt like " something of a vacation in paradise. Stella would come in and they'd jam.

With the latter, he also traveled to Toronto inloving it there so much that he left not just New York but the whole US behind. More that four decades later, he still lives in Toronto.

The instrument that Lee asked DiNovi to play on Sea Shells was not a piano, however, but something else -- something which he had never tried or even seen before. Brought to the Decca studio, the harpsichord heard in some of Sea Shells ' performances was on loan from its owner, Alice Ehlers, the famous Austrian harpsichordist. Ehlers had been teaching at the University of Southern California, where the instrument had also been hitherto kept.

Ehlers, who had herself recorded for Decca in earlier years, was at the vanguard of the revival of early music which took place during the s. Taking into account the fact that Sea Shells was recorded Peggy Lee - The Fabulous Miss Lee (Vinyl that decade, the album could be considered part of that revival, however unintentionally so. Here's Lee's verdict on DiNovi's novice playing of this instrument: "being a very talented and adaptable fellow, he quickly acquainted himself with the slightly different technique required for playing the harpsichord.

He seemed to enjoy the experience immensely. No ordinary pop material -- rather, delicate folk and sensitive foreign material, accompanied by harp and harpsichord. The harp gives a feeling of sea and surf Miss Lee's vocals are excellent. CBackleyBlue Plate Specialbluemooze and 3 others like this. At the time, the album came out only as a 12" LP. Decca's promotion of it might have been somewhat lax; Billboard p reviewed the album in its December issue, but misguidedly called it a reissue.

In the United Kingdom, the album was issued on Brunswick. See photo above. Curiously, though, other British labels that released Peggy's earlier albums Ace of Hearts, Jasmine did not reissue this one. Perhaps the omission was due to the brassy quality of the album's contents, which might have not been in tandem with the type of Peggy material to which British audiences had become accustomed. Or perhaps the album simply fell between the cracks, remaining ignored or forgotten after its initial release.

As is the case for all of Peggy's Decca albums, Miss Wonderful has also been repeatedly reissued in Japan, first on vinyl and then on CD. Elsewhere, the Danish label Official made a nice reissue inand the suitably called Belgian label Marginal issued it as part of its Pin-up twofer CD series. Both releases are shown above. To be continued. Last edited: Feb 6, Ridin'HighFeb 6, CBackley.

Following Dream Streetwhich came out on the year of departurethe label would release Sea Shells in and then Miss Wonderful in We can surmise that the album's title was inspired LP Lee's success with the song that opens the album, "Mr. I have never come across anecdotal information on the making of Miss Wonderful.

For that reason, most of my ensuing comments will be of a speculative rather than factual nature. As with Sea Shellsthe performances on Miss Wonderful come off as an unified whole, thereby giving the impression that they were originally recorded to be included together in one album. All numbers feature the same arranger-conductor, and all of them are backed by what sounds like the same orchestra.

Furthermore, the entire song batch comes from just two recording dates. However, there is a six-month lapse between the two dates January 6, ; June 8, Such a gap raises doubt as to whether there was truly a plan for an album on January 6, when Peggy and company first went into the studio. Further fueling doubt is the fact that all but one of the eight songs from the January 6 session came out on 78 and 45 singles in On the other hand, such a high number of songs eight from just one record date points toward the making of an album.

Usually, singles sessions consisted of two, at most three songs per day. Perhaps, then, it was an album project that what was started in January, after all. Then, the project would have been postponed for one reason or another -- until Peggy's announcement that she was leaving the label brought a Decca request to complete the project. Whichever the actual plan might have been on January 6, there was clearly an intention to produce an album subsequently, when Lee and company returned to do more songs on the same style June 8.

In a nutshell: some unsolved and somewhat intriguing minutia surrounds this album. I have sometimes wondered if there is a dating mistake in the information. Your information will not be shared. And you can un-subscribe with one click at any time. UK album chart. Click here for more info. Call us now on to sell us your Peggy Lee Collection or click here. Peggy Lee. Shown below are our available and recently sold out items.

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