Song artist 240 - Peggy Lee

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Peggy Lee Chart Profile

This page lists the song chart entries of Peggy Lee. The songs are listed with the most widely successful first.

Many of the hits credited to Benny Goodman were actually sung by Peggy Lee, and most of Peggy Lee's hits were with Benny Goodman.

Before 1958 the informal Billboard charts often listed songs without crediting artists (because the focus was sheet music sales rather than records) or they list band leaders without vocalists or vocalists without band leaders. In order to be consistent some of the songs have been assigned to band leaders or artists (based on entries in the Billboard and other charts). There is no way to be both consistent and to reflect the artists credited on the record labels, were a choice has had to be made we have attempted to opt for consistency.

There are also a number of hits listed here that were originally assigned to Dave Barbour & Orchestra (Dave Barbour was Peggy Lee's husband at the time).

# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Peggy Lee Manana (Is Soon Enough For Me) 1948 US Billboard 1 - Jan 1948 (21 weeks), US 1940s 1 - Jan 1948 (21 weeks), US 1 for 9 weeks - Mar 1948, DZE 2 of 1948, Your Hit Parade 7 of 1948, US invalid BB 8 of 1948, POP 8 of 1948, Brazil 11 of 1948, DDD 37 of 1947, nuTsie 39 of 1940s, Europe 89 of the 1940s (1948), RYM 139 of 1948
2 Peggy Lee Fever 1958 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1958), Grammy in 1958 (Nominated), UK 5 - Aug 1958 (11 weeks), US Billboard 8 - Jul 1958 (15 weeks), Canada 11 - Jul 1958 (11 weeks), US invalid BB 17 of 1958, POP 17 of 1958, US CashBox 43 of 1958, Europe 60 of the 1950s (1958), US BB 76 of 1958, Scrobulate 87 of jazz, DDD 93 of 1958, Acclaimed 1274 (1958), RYM 10 of 1958, NY Daily Love list 84
3 Peggy Lee Golden Earrings 1947 US Billboard 2 - Nov 1947 (18 weeks), US 1940s 2 - Nov 1947 (16 weeks), Your Hit Parade 19 of 1948, Brazil 40 of 1949, DDD 47 of 1947, Europe 78 of the 1940s (1948)
4 Peggy Lee Somebody Else is Taking My Place 1942 US Billboard 1 - 1942 (15 weeks), US 1940s 5 - Mar 1942 (9 weeks), Your Hit Parade 7 of 1942, DZE 10 of 1942, US invalid BB 14 of 1942, POP 14 of 1942
5 Peggy Lee Is That All There Is? 1969 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1969), Grammy in 1969 (Nominated), Record World 8 - 1969, Canada 8 - Oct 1969 (5 weeks), US Billboard 11 - Sep 1969 (10 weeks), Keener 16 - Oct 1969 (5 weeks), US Radio 104 of 1969 (peak 11 5 weeks), Acclaimed 2042 (1969)
6 Peggy Lee Lover 1952 US Billboard 3 - Jun 1952 (13 weeks), US 1940s 10 - Jun 1952 (11 weeks), US CashBox 10 - Jun 1952 (15 weeks), Your Hit Parade 11 of 1952
7 Peggy Lee Waitin' for the Train to Come In 1945 US Billboard 4 - Nov 1945 (14 weeks), US 1940s 6 - Nov 1945 (5 weeks), DDD 67 of 1945, RYM 18 of 1945
8 Peggy Lee Mr Wonderful 1956 UK 5 - May 1957 (13 weeks), US Billboard 14 - Mar 1956 (20 weeks), US CashBox 22 - Mar 1956 (8 weeks), US BB 91 of 1956, RYM 135 of 1956
9 Peggy Lee I Don't Know Enough About You 1946 US Billboard 7 - May 1946 (6 weeks), Your Hit Parade 8 of 1946, DDD 56 of 1946, RYM 7 of 1946
10 Peggy Lee All Dressed Up With a Broken Heart 1948 UK 40s Sheet Music 10 - Sep 1948 (17 weeks), US Billboard 21 - Jan 1948 (1 week), RYM 139 of 1948
11 Peggy Lee Baubles, Bangles & Beads 1953 Your Hit Parade 22 of 1953, US Billboard 30 - Dec 1953 (1 week), US CashBox 34 - Jan 1954 (4 weeks)
12 Peggy Lee The Way You Look Tonight 1942 US Billboard 21 - 1942 (1 week), DDD 92 of 1942, RYM 87 of 1942
13 Peggy Lee Bali Ha'i 1949 US Billboard 13 - May 1949 (16 weeks), US 1940s 17 - Aug 1949 (1 week)
14 Peggy Lee It's All Over Now 1946 US Billboard 10 - Nov 1946 (6 weeks), DDD 86 of 1946
15 Peggy Lee (Ghost) Riders in the Sky 1949 US Billboard 2 - May 1949 (9 weeks)
16 Peggy Lee It's A Good Day 1946 US Billboard 16 - Jan 1947 (2 weeks), DDD 51 of 1946
17 Peggy Lee Just One of Those Things 1952 US Billboard 14 - Aug 1952 (4 weeks), US CashBox 22 - Aug 1952 (4 weeks)
18 Peggy Lee Who's Gonna Pay The Check? 1953 US Billboard 22 - May 1953 (2 weeks), US CashBox 26 - May 1953 (5 weeks)
19 Peggy Lee Alright, Okay, You Win 1959 Canada 28 - Jan 1959 (4 weeks), US Billboard 68 - Jan 1959 (5 weeks)
20 Peggy Lee My Man 1959 Canada 28 - Jan 1959 (5 weeks), US Billboard 81 - Jan 1959 (6 weeks)
21 Peggy Lee Light of Love 1958 Canada 30 - Oct 1958 (6 weeks), US Billboard 63 - Nov 1958 (6 weeks)
22 Peggy Lee Sweetheart 1958 Canada 30 - Oct 1958 (6 weeks), US Billboard 98 - Nov 1958 (2 weeks)
23 Peggy Lee Pieces of Dreams 1970 Oscar in 1970 (film 'Pieces of Dreams') (Nominated), Golden Globe in 1970 (film 'Pieces of Dreams') (Nominated)
24 Peggy Lee I'm Glad I Waited for You 1945 US Billboard 24 - Mar 1946 (2 weeks), RYM 18 of 1945
25 Peggy Lee Lily bolero (Laroo laroo) 1948 US Billboard 13 - Apr 1948 (4 weeks)
26 Peggy Lee Caramba! It's the Samba 1948 US Billboard 13 - Jun 1948 (5 weeks)
27 Peggy Lee Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep) 1947 US Billboard 10 - Jun 1947 (4 weeks)
28 Peggy Lee Johnny Guitar 1955 Italy 28 of 1955
29 Peggy Lee Baby Don't be Mad at Me 1948 US Billboard 21 - Jun 1948 (3 weeks)
30 Peggy Lee Don't Smoke in Bed 1948 US Billboard 22 - May 1948 (2 weeks)
31 Peggy Lee I'll Dance At Your Wedding 1947 US Billboard 11 - Dec 1947 (4 weeks)
32 Peggy Lee Bubble Loo! Bubble Loo 1948 US Billboard 23 - Aug 1948 (4 weeks)
33 Peggy Lee Talking to Myself 1948 US Billboard 23 - Apr 1948 (1 week)
34 Peggy Lee For Every Man There's a Woman 1948 US Billboard 25 - Feb 1948 (2 weeks)
35 Peggy Lee My Little Cousin 1942 US Billboard 14 - 1942 (3 weeks)
36 Peggy Lee I Belong to You 1955 Italy 83 of 1955
37 Peggy Lee Similau (See-Me-Lo) 1949 US Billboard 17 - Apr 1949 (1 week)
38 Peggy Lee La la lu 1956 Italy 86 of 1956
39 Peggy Lee How Deep Is the Ocean 1945 US Billboard 19 - Oct 1945 (4 weeks)
40 Peggy Lee We'll Meet Again 1942 US Billboard 16 - 1942 (2 weeks)
41 Peggy Lee Blum Blum, I Wonder Who I Am 1949 US Billboard 27 - Mar 1949 (1 week)
42 Peggy Lee Everything's Movin' Too Fast 1947 US Billboard 21 - Feb 1947 (3 weeks)
43 Peggy Lee Full Moon (Noche de Luna) 1942 US Billboard 22 - 1942 (1 week)
44 Peggy Lee I Got it Bad & That Ain't Good 1941 US Billboard 25 - 1941 (1 week)
45 Peggy Lee Linger In My Arms a Little Longer, Baby 1946 US Billboard 16 - Sep 1946 (2 weeks)
46 Peggy Lee Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World 1950 US Billboard 28 - Aug 1950 (1 week)
47 Peggy Lee Be Anything (But Be Mine) 1952 US Billboard 21 - May 1952 (3 weeks)
48 Peggy Lee River, River 1952 US Billboard 23 - Nov 1952 (2 weeks)
49 Peggy Lee Let Me Go Lover 1954 US Billboard 26 - Dec 1954 (2 weeks)
50 Peggy Lee Where Can I Go Without You? 1954 US Billboard 28 - Mar 1954 (2 weeks)
51 Peggy Lee Hallelujah, I Love Him So 1959 US Billboard 77 - May 1959 (2 weeks)
52 Peggy Lee Joey, Joey, Joey 1956 US Billboard 76 - May 1956 (6 weeks)
53 Peggy Lee I'm a Woman 1963 US Billboard 54 - Jan 1963 (9 weeks)
54 Peggy Lee Fever (1992) 1992 UK 75 - Aug 1992 (1 week)
55 Peggy Lee Till There Was You 1961 UK 30 - Mar 1961 (4 weeks)
56 Peggy Lee Passin' Me By 1965 US Billboard 93 - Feb 1965 (3 weeks)
57 Peggy Lee You Don't Know 1958 RYM 10 of 1958
58 Peggy Lee Crazy in the Heart 1956 RYM 135 of 1956

In addition to the above listed songs Peggy Lee also contributed to the following entries:

# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Peggy Lee & Art Lund Winter Weather 1941 US Billboard 24 - 1942 (1 week), DDD 52 of 1941
2 Peggy Lee & Dean Martin You Was 1949 UK 40s Sheet Music 20 - Apr 1949 (2 weeks)
3 Peggy Lee & Mel Torme The Old Master Painter 1950 US Billboard 9 - Jan 1950 (7 weeks)
4 Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee Watermelon Weather 1952 US Billboard 28 - Jul 1952 (2 weeks)

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23 Mar 2013

Peggy Lee was a band singer until 1943

Please note that Somebody Else Is Taking My Place, My Little Cousin, I Got ItBad, We'll Meet Again, Full Moon, and Winter Weather are by BENNY GOODMAN and his Orchestra. The Way You Look Tonight was by the Benny Goodman Sextet. They are NOT Peggy Lee records. Goodman discovered Norma Eggstrom, and gave her this new name. Goodman liked her so much that he even threw a chair at his producer, John Hammond, when he insisted that Peggy couldn't sing. So Peggy was merely an underpaid (If you worked for B.G., that is) Band Singer. She was not a big name yet, nor was she a solo artist at the time. In 1943 she married B.G.'s guitarist, Dave Barbour, and they left Goodman and formed their own musical group and recorded some great music for Capitol Records. After achieving some fame as a solo artist, Columbia Records then reissued some of her earlier work with Goodman, (How Deep Is The Ocean, and others), and some of these songs charted for a second time, creating some confusion for discographers. In 1947, Goodman also jumped over to Capitol, and these two artists were reunited on several records, so they are actually collaborations. In 1999, Columbia reissued the Complete Peggy Lee/ Benny Goodman recordings on CD.

Needless to say, that some of their best work together were not hits?

As you say there are different ways to assign the songs and there is "some confusion for discographers". We welcome your interpretation. The fact is that the focus on sheet music, the relaxed approach to crediting artist taken by most charts from this period and the confusion between band leaders, soloists and singers makes it impossible to be definitive.


6 Sep 2011

6 & 78 Manana

These two listings are the same recording - Peggy Lee backed by her husband Dave Barbour's orchestra.

Indeed there are a number of songs that fall into the same group, they have all been assigned to Peggy Lee. Thanks for the fix


5 Sep 2011

19 & 67 Somebody Else is Taking My Place

These two entries are the same recording - Benny Goodman with Peggy Lee doing the vocal. It charted at # 1 in 1942 then was reissued in 1948 and charted at # 30.

For a confirmation of these two listings being the same recording see The Big Band Discography 1917-1942 by Brian Rust. He only lists recordings made up until the Musician's Union strike in 1942, but lists all known reissues of each recording as of the date of his research. Pop Memories 1890-1954 by Joel Whitburn also states that the Columbia is a re-issue of the Okeh recording.

You are clearly correct. We would normally list this under Peggy Lee, however the reissue in 1948 makes it more complex, we'd like to note the reissue in some way (rather than adding its weeks on to the 1942 release).

So we think the best course is to change the 1942 entries to Peggy Lee and the 1948 ones to Benny Goodman and make sure this note is posted on both artist's pages so interested users can see what we've done.

An interesting case, thanks for bringing it to our attention.


5 Jul 2011

Probable Duplicate

#19 and #67 Are probably the same song. Peggy Lee sang vocal on Benny Goodman's 1942 "Somebody Else is Taking My Place" if my memory serves me.

In the Bullfrog list there are two separate songs (with Prefx numbers of 1948_211 and 1942_033) one has a label of "Okeh 6497" the other has "Columbia 38198". We suspect that your suggestion that Peggy Lee sang vocals on both is correct (the 1948 release explicitly mentions her but, in the Bullfrog list the 1942 version only has "Benny Goodman & His Orchestra" listed).

As you know the informal Billboard charts before 1958 often listed songs without crediting artists (because the focus was Sheet music sales rather than records) or they list band leaders without vocalists or vocalists without band leaders. This has led to a number of confusing situations where the same song is credited to different combinations in different charts. Unfortunately every way to fix this challenge causes some other issues, we try and keep as close to the true history as possible while being as consistent as we can be in our approach. We've added a note to Benny Goodman's and Peggy Lee's page to mention this, however after reviewing the original Bullfrog list we decided that the best option is to leave the data as it is.

Despite the fact that on this occasion we're not going to make the alteration you suggest we would like to thank you for your input. It is the vigilance of users like you that helps improve the quality of data on this site.