Is That All There Is?
January 22, 2002 7:36 AM   Subscribe

Is That All There Is? Goodbye Peggy Lee.
posted by bluno (10 comments total)
It's always sad when somebody passes, and I really don't know the music of Peggy Lee all that well...

I am struck by the fact that her daughter took the time to post a message on the site -- before the news release was given to the media. She obviously has enormous respect for her mother's fans. And I have a lot of respect for that.
posted by jennak at 8:01 AM on January 22, 2002

I, too, was struck by the fact that her daughter updated the site. When Mary Kay died, they had a tribute page all ready to go... it was touching, but gruesome and corporate at the same time. This felt warm and reassuring.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 8:33 AM on January 22, 2002

Count me among Peggy Lee's fans. I got hooked at an early age. She wrote the songs for Lady and the Tramp, including the siamese cat song (which I used to run around and sing at the top of my lungs when I was 5, much to the annoyance of my parents).

'Is That All There Is?' is one of my favorite songs of all time, and I intend to listen to it all day. There's a nice BBC retrospective here.

Rest in peace, Peggy.
posted by varmint at 9:06 AM on January 22, 2002

Shoot, I hate waking up to read this sort of thing. And what a hard life she had--I had no idea. I just played Waitin’ for the Train to Come In on the show a few weeks past as part of set of a wartime swing era songs--it was a sweet and wistful piece.
posted by y2karl at 9:25 AM on January 22, 2002

I hope she was ready for "that final disappointment".
Bravo Peggy!
posted by skylar at 10:01 AM on January 22, 2002

can't get to the page; has it been taken down?

what a voice.
posted by rebeccablood at 10:43 AM on January 22, 2002

When the house I lived in burnt down, all that was left was the fireplace, still going, and the fridge where some ice miraculously survived.

At seven in the morning, when the firemen had left, the guy who I shared with, my mother and I sat down amid the black sludge, in front of the fireplace, standing jagged against the morning sky, and had make-shift gin and tonics. With ice!

My mother then proceeded to try to cheer us up by singing Peggy Lee's rendition of "Is That All There Is", which includes the verse "Is that all there is to a fire?" .

Twenty years later, I see how right she was. A fire's no big deal. Almost nothing is. You've just got to keep saying "I want more!"

Peggy Lee was a great singer - although you had to pick and chose - and there was always a song she sang that made sense for every single moment of my life.

But, when I heard she'd died, what I remembered her singing "Me And My Shadow". She was fun and sexy and knew it all.

It's sad that her latest records were so good. It's so much easier - and less sad - when someone dies who's long past her prime...
posted by MiguelCardoso at 10:45 AM on January 22, 2002

Is That All There Is?

posted by victors at 12:52 PM on January 22, 2002

Adieu, Peggy. Heard newscasters today recalling that a music critic once said of Ms. Lee: "If you don't feel anything when she sings, you're dead, Jack!"
posted by davidmsc at 5:13 PM on January 22, 2002

A 1958 review of a Peggy Lee show at the Copacabana, from Craig's Big Band site. If you don't feel anything when she sings "Black Coffee", you're asleep, Jack.
posted by liam at 7:43 PM on January 22, 2002

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