Peggy Lee records the first songs of her debut album : ‘Black Coffee’ (1956)

Peggy Lee‘s ‘Black Coffee’ is her first album recorded between April 30, 1953 & April 3, 1956 and released in 1956 by Decca.


Peggy Lee records the first songs of her debut album : ‘Black Coffee’ (1956)

1 . When The World Was Young (“Judy Garland Show,” 1963)

Track Listing : 1.Black Coffee (Sonny Burke, Paul Francis Webster) – 03:05 . 2.I’Ve Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter) – 02:28 . 3.Easy Living (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 02:44 . 4.My Heart Belongs To Daddy (Cole Porter) – 02:09 . 5.A Woman Alone With The Blues (Willard Robison) – 03:12 . 6.I Didn’T Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 02:18 . 7.(Ah, The Apple Trees) When The World Was Young (M. Philippe-Gerard, Angele Vannier, Johnny Mercer) – 03:16 . 8.Love Me Or Leave Me (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson) – 02:08

Musicians : Peggy Lee – Vocals . Pete Candoli – Trumpet . Jimmy Rowles – Piano . Max Wayne – Bass . Ed Shaughnessy – Drums . Stella Castellucci – Harp . Lou Levy – Piano . Bill Pitman – Guitar . Buddy Clark – Bass . Larry Bunker – Drums, Vibraphone, Percussion

Production : Produced By Milt Gabler

Package : Will Friedwald – Liner Notes . Hollis King – Art Direction

Recorded In 1953, 1956.

Released In 1956 By Decca.

(Source Peggy Lee‘s ‘Black Coffee’ | The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography And Videography)


Leslie Gerber
The reissue notes by Will Friedland, “jazz reviewer for The New York Sun” (not exactly a prestige gig), go a lot further. “Peggy Lee’s album ‘Black Coffee’ not only may be the greatest album of her career, it is also one of the top ten jazz vocal albums of all time.” Sorry, Will, that’s going miles too far […]

All About Jazz
The title song is the typical blue flame ballad that one always associates with smoky jazz clubs and perfectly sets the mood for the rest of the album. The original ten-inch release had Lee backed by a quartet on a handful of torch songs and blues. […]

Aside from occasionally straying off-concept, however, Black Coffee is an excellent record, spotlighting Lee’s ability to shine with every type of group and in any context. [When originally recorded and released in 1953, […]


Peggy Lee‘s ‘Black Coffee’


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