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Peggy Lee, The Singer-Songwriter

Miss Peggy Lee was one of the biggest singing stars of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and she also wrote many of her popular tunes.


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Peggy Lee wrote many of her famous tunes, including "It's A Good Day," "I Love Being Here With You," and "Fever."

This week on the show, we continue our look at jazz’s singer-songwriters to explore one of the biggest pop stars of the 1940s, who also became one of the most successful songwriters of the same era: Miss Peggy Lee. Lee got her start as the singer in Benny Goodman’s Orchestra, and went on to record dozens of hits in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, many of which she had a hand in writing, including “It’s A Good Day,” “I Love Being Here With You,” and “Fever.” We’ll explore Lee performing her own tunes this hour.

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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