‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ welcomed an outstanding performance from Peggy Lee in 1962 of the hit song, ‘I’ll Get By.’ Peggy was already a legend when she delivered this stunning rendition of the song.
She is dressed in a shiny gown with poofy blonde hair. She stands in front of a shimmering curtain with dazzling mini-lights draped over it. Peggy delivers big smiles to the camera throughout the performance.
Her stage presence and charm add interest to the performance. She is accompanied by a big band with a nice muted trumpet part and a constant driving bass that walks through the chords during the tune.
Peggy Lee was born Norma Egstrom. She was an American jazz and pop singer, songwriter, composer, and actress. Her career lasted seven decades and included singing with Benny Goodman’s famous band.
Peggy recorded over 1,100 songs and was credited as composer on 270 tunes. She was nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, and in 1995, she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
‘I’ll Get By’ is a standard jazz hit from the late 1920s written by Fred Ahlert and Roy Turk. The song’s most significant success came from a 1944 recording by Harry James and his orchestra.
The combination of a classic song and a beautiful jazz voice makes this performance enjoyable over and over again. Peggy Lee was a true American star for the ages. Her remarkable talent is captured in this clip from the Ed Sullivan Show.