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100 Years Of Peggy Lee

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On View - Feb 03, 2022 - Feb 03, 2022

100 Years of Peggy Lee Over the course of seven decades, Peggy Lee redefined the role of the female singer, paving the way for those who followed. In addition to accumulating more than 270 songwriting credits, 1,100 masters, 50 original albums, 800 radio performances, and 200 television appearances, Peggy Lee also conquered acting and film music composition. Lee was involved in every aspect of her performances, from producing to costume and lighting design, and her stage presence exhibited unmatched vocal control, poise and swagger. She was a creative powerhouse, directing her life and career on her own terms. She is often cited as an inspiration for contemporary female singers including Billie Eilish, k.d. lang, Diana Krall, Debbie Harry, Adele, and Katy Perry.

May 26, 2020, marked Peggy Lee’s centennial birthday. The GRAMMY Museum is proud to be a part of the ongoing celebration of this extraordinary artist and her considerable contributions to the world of jazz and popular music.

Exhibit highlights include:

  • Handwritten notes, drawings and paintings by Peggy Lee
  • Costume jewelry and accessories, such as the necklace Lee wore in the 1952 film, The Jazz Singer
  • Personal items, including a letter from Frank Sinatra and a gift from Quincy Jones
  • Lady and the Tramp character models gifted to Lee by Walt Disney
  • Dave Barbour’s Gibson guitar
  • Various rare photographs and scrapbook clippings

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