Praised by the New York Times Book Review as afascinating, suspenseful, careful, musically detailed, and insightful, a this is a long-overdue biography of recording artist and musical legend Peggy Lee. Miss Peggy Lee cast a spell when she sang. She epitomized cool, but her trademark song, aFeveraacovered by BeyoncAc and Madonnaais the essence of sizzling sexual heat. Her jazz sense dazzled Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong. She was the voice of swing, the voice of blues, and she provided four of the voices for Walt Disneyas Lady and the Tramp, whose score she co-wrote. But who was the woman behind the Mona Lisa smile? With elegant writing and impeccable research, including interviews with hundreds who knew Lee, acclaimed music journalist James Gavin offers the most revealing look yet at an artist of infinite contradictions and layers. Lee was a North Dakota prairie girl who became a temptress of enduring mystique. She was a singer-songwriter before the term existed. Lee ahad incredible confidence onstage, a observed the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop; yet inner turmoil wracked her. She spun a romantic nirvana in her songs, but couldnat sustain one in reality. As she passed middle age, Lee dwelled increasingly in a bizarre dreamland. She died in 2002 at the age of eighty-one, but the enchantment with Lee has only grown. aRaucously entertaining [and] full of evocative scenes, wry humor and exasperated sympathya (Publishers Weekly), Is That All There Is? paints a masterful portrait of an artist who redefined popular singing.But over at Disney, Lady and the Tramp was showing great promise. ... For aThe Siamese Cat Song, a the duet of two mischievous felines named Si and Am, Lee dubbed one part over another, singing aWe are Siamese, if you pleasea in a faux Thai ... On piano, Burke plunked out a regal tune that could have greeted the Kinganbsp;...
|Title||:||Is That All There Is?|
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2014-11-11|