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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Peggy King born 16 February 1930

Peggy King (born 16 February 1930, Greensburg, Pennsylvania) is a jazz and pop vocalist and former TV personality. She got her start with the bands of Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flanagan and Ray Anthony and was featured on an early TV series with Mel Torme.
She is best remembered as "pretty perky Peggy King" on The George Gobel Show, on which she appeared for three seasons. She was also a frequent TV guest-star, including Bob Hope's 1956 Chevy Show (filmed during his USO show in Alaska), American Bandstand, Maverick, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Jack Benny Show. Signed to a contract by MGM in 1952, she had a cameo in Vincente Minnelli's classic film The Bad and the Beautiful and recorded with Skip Martin for MGM Records. Mitch Miller then signed her to a long-term contract on Columbia Records, which led to two bestselling albums, "Wish Upon on a Star" and "Girl Meets Boy" (both reissued on CD by Collectables), and a string of hit singles.
She portrayed the stewardess Janet Turner in the film, Zero Hour! (1957), which became the basis for the disaster spoof, Airplane!. She starred opposite Tab Hunter in the original television musical Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates (1958) directed by Sidney Lumet and in a musical version of Jack and the Beanstalk co-starring Joel Grey, Celeste Holm and Cyril Ritchard. Her more recent albums include "Lazy Afternoon" (recently reissued on CD by EMI), "Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight" and "Peggy King Sings Jerome Kern." The original cast album of Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates was reissued by Sepia Records with the addition of 20 of her classic Columbia recordings.
The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia inducted Peggy King into their Hall of Fame in 2010 and she hosts a two-hour interview program on She is featured in the 2013 HBO film Behind the Candelabra, via a 1955 TV clip in which she sings "When Liberace Winks at Me" accompanied by the real Liberace.

She resumed her singing career and is still performing with the Philadelphia-based All-Star Jazz Trio which has received strong notices at 54 Below in New York. (Info from Wikipedia and a big thank you somelocalloser.blogspot  for the mp3's)
Dave King introduces Peggy King (no relation) singing, "Come Rain or Come Shine" on KMH, July 15, 1959. With Billy May and his orchestra.


boppinbob said...

For Peggy King Girl meets Boy / Wish Upon A Star go here:

1. The Boy Next Door
2. Would You Like To Take A Walk?
3. All I Do Is Dream Of You
4. Let's Fall In Love
5. You Better Go Now
6. Goodnight My Love
7. I Wanna Be Loved
8. Temptation
9. Conflict
10. It's Easy To Remember
11. Just One More Chance
12. Love Is Here To Stay
13. Part I-When I Was Ten
14. When You Wish Upon A Star
15. When I Was Ten
16. Part II-A Girl With A Band
17. Let There Be Love
18. Part III-New York
19. Little Girl Blues
20. Hooray For Hollywood
21. Part IV-Screen Test/Long Ago (And Far Away)
22. Part V-Nobody Asked Me To Sing
23. Ev'ry Time
24. Part VI-Discovery/Hunts Tomato Sauce Jingle
25. When You Wish Upon A Star

The Collectables reissue of two mid-'50s LPs by Peggy King reveals a singer who possessed a cute soprano voice with the character and subtle strength of Debbie Reynolds. The first of two concept LPs, 1955's Girl Meets Boy pairs King with Jerry Vale for a musical dissection of a love affair, beginning with King's sweetly innocent "The Boy Next Door" and continuing through "Would You Like to Take a Walk?" and "Let's Fall in Love." Felicia Sanders briefly catches the eyes of Vale with "I Wanna Be Loved" and "Temptation," but King of course wins the boy back and they celebrate with the closer, "Love Is Here to Stay." In similar company to Mel Tormé's Prelude to a Kiss and several other story-in-song LPs of the time, Girl Meets Boy leans less on jazz (or even jazz interpretation) than the musical scores that were lighting up the charts during the mid-'50s. Still, King carries the LP well, and Percy Faith's orchestration is appropriately grand, sweeping along at the pace of a promenade. The second record, 1956's Wish Upon a Star, finds King on the long road to fame, encompassing "When I Was Ten," "When You Wish Upon a Star," and "Hooray for Hollywood." Just before the title song is reprised at the end, King's character is discovered by an A&R executive while she sings a radio jingle for Hunt's Tomato Sauce, in the exact circumstances King is said to have been discovered by Mitch Miller. Between the theme of the LP and King's voice, listeners can barely stop thinking about Reynolds' role in the 1952 film smash Singin' in the Rain. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

Unknown said...

Please, can you reup this cd, please?
Thanks from Santos City, Brazil.
Denys P.R.

boppinbob said...

Hello Unknown, here's your re-up. Link active for 30 days

Regards, Bob