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Today, Peggy Lee celebrates her seventy-seventh birthday. In the second of four programmes on her life and work, Mel Hill focuses on her formative years as vocalist with the Benny Goodman Orchestra. It was the time that saw her transformation from a capable band singer who supplied a vocal refrain to a distinctive jazz soloist who sold over a million copies of the blues-influenced `Why Don't You Do Right?' It was an apprenticeship that ended in stardom.

In the second of four programmes on Peggy Lee's life and work, Mel Hill focuses on her formative years as vocalist with the Benny Goodman Orchestra. It was the time that saw her transformation from a capable band singer who supplied a vocal refrain to a distictive jazz soloist who sold over a million copies of the blues-influenced `Why Don't You Do Right?' It was an apprenticeship that ended in stardom.

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In the third part of his series on the life and work of jazz chanteuse Peggy Lee, Mel Hill analyses her unique vocal style and illustrates its flexibility in interpreting material ranging from Cole Porter to Lieber and Stoller.

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In the last of four programmes on the life and work of Peggy Lee, Mel Hill discusses the way in which she broke away from the stereotypical notion of a female singing star to collaborate on equal terms with figures as diverse as Duke Ellington and Walt Disney.