One hundred years after the singer’s birth, Peggy Lee: A Century of Song
brings to life the eventful career of an iconic performer whose contributions to the Great American Songbook, jazz, popular music, and film music remained unparalleled.
Lee stood out among her peers as an exquisite singer possessing a cool vocal style, a songwriter frequently collaborating with leading composers of American jazz and film music, and a globally-loved entertainer with star quality. Tish Oney
sheds new light upon this Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner’s impressive musical talents while guiding the reader through the best of Lee’s fifty-plus albums, radio and TV performances, creative contributions to the film industry, and over half a century of finely-polished live performances.
Oney focuses on the evolution of Peggy Lee’s recorded music, vocal development, artistic achievements, and contributions to American music while interviews with Lee’s family, friends, and music colleagues reveal new insights and memories of this musical icon. Peggy Lee
enables readers to discover a brilliant artist’s inimitable legacy in the history of American popular music.PRE-ORDER
About Tish Oney
Tish Oney has appeared as soloist with symphony orchestras, big bands, and jazz combos at performing arts centers, concert halls, and jazz festivals throughout the world. Possessing a doctorate in jazz from USC, she has taught at scores of institutions as a professor and artist-in-residence, successfully pursuing a dual career in performance and pedagogy. As musicologist, author, jazz singer, lyric soprano, arranger, composer, and conductor, Dr. Oney performs and teaches worldwide. She composes and arranges a wide variety of commissioned concerts and writes peer-reviewed articles on jazz theory and voice pedagogy as well as books about music.
Praise for Peggy Lee A Century of Song
I listen to my grandmother’s recordings and compositions with a new appreciation and keener ear after reading Tish Oney’s beautifully written book. With all that has been written about Peggy Lee, never before has there been such a meticulously researched analysis of her music and artistic achievements. Oney’s extensive knowledge of jazz and her own successful singing career give her a unique skill set to delve into the vast catalog of Peggy Lee’s compositions, recordings and appearances. She draws out and explains the nuances and the technique that made Peggy Lee one of the most iconic performers of her time. A must-read for Peggy Lee fans and for those new to her music who want to know more!" —Holly Foster Wells, Peggy Lee’s granddaughter, president, Peggy Lee Associates, LLC
Tish Oney has chronicled a detailed account of the life and artistic ventures of one of America’s most celebrated jazz vocalists. Those who thought they knew about Peggy Lee’s life are in for a treat given the many nuggets of information revealed in this wonderful biography. Congrats to Tish Oney for crafting such a well-researched book. Readers will have difficulty putting this book down." —Ronald C. McCurdy, artistic director, The Langston Hughes Project, professor, USC Thornton School of Music
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 256 • Trim: 6 x 9
978-1-5381-2847-3 • Hardback • June 2020 • $32.00 • (£22.95)
978-1-5381-2848-0 • eBook • June 2020 • $30.00 • (£19.95)