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In order to combat the emergence of Rock and Roll in 1958, Peggy's publicity agent was billing the former Goodman band alumna as "The New Peggy Lee." peggy leeWhat was new about the languorous, throaty Nordic blonde from North Dakota? A new hairdo called the "Chrysanthemum Cut." In addition, Peggy was gowned in a $12,000 wardrobe made exclusively for her by such famed couturiers as Princess Mariosa and Don Loper, and a $15,000 new Champagne mink coat. Many of her original numbers that evening were penned by Sid Kuller and her arrangements were the product of top arranger Nelson Riddle. Nobody wanted to talk. Everybody wanted to hear and to see Peggy. With a provocative short coiffure called the chrysanthemum cut and in a beautiful gown Peggy sang about a dozen numbers that proved her opening and closing musical assertion: "Life is for Living, So Alive."

Tips on Tables - By Robert W. Dana - February 7, 1958

Peggy Lee Is Star Of Copacabana Show

A great performance demands the respectful attention of the audience, even in a nightclub, where glasses, silverware and careless tongues can create a distorted and annoying symphony of noises. You could hear leethe proverbial pins dropping all over the Copacabana last night as the well-behaved customers paid tribute to Peggy Lee at one of her greatest triumphs.

Nobody wanted to talk. Everybody wanted to hear and to see Peggy. With a provocative short coiffure called the chrysanthemum cut and in a beautiful gown Peggy sang about a dozen numbers that proved her opening and closing musical assertion: "Life is for Living, So Alive."

Warmth and Rhythm.

As I recall the richness, the warmth, the exciting rhythm and the naturalness of her performance, I try to pinpoint the high spots. Since there were no low ones, this is a task. I think the most talked about number will be the one which she dedicates to the gentlemen, but which, she says, really is for the ladies. 'Don't fool around with calico when you have silk at home" is the theme.

Peggy opened with "Just In Time," "My Heart Stood Still" and "What A Little Moonlight Can Do" before issuing this well-put ode to the nightclubmarried gal, and she continued with "Jump For Joy"(a hand-clapping audience prompter) and "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street."

Probably the most impressive number Peggy sang was "How Long Has This Been Going On?" backed by six violins, bass, piano and the entire Michael Durso orchestrawith the trombonist giving a muted punctuation signal at a given moment. Very effective, too, was "Fever," "St. Louis Blues" and a clever novelty called "Nothing."

Bernie's Success.

Even if Miss Lee hadn't made her appearance, the evening would have been a rousing success because of At Bernie, who has survived the brickbats of this and other critics in years past to become one of thecountry top comedians He has a wide range of material and his style is not confined to peggone groove, like gag-shooter, storyteller etc.

Also new in this Copa show are the Four Esquires, four right handsome lads who score with, "Love Me Forever" and "Make Love to Me." They have good voices and good arrangements.

Among the holdovers, praise is due Danii and Prior, exciting production dancers, and singers Ted Morrell and Mimi. My only regret is that I didn't have a tape recorder with me last night. Peggy Lee was great.

THE REVIEWS
Andrews Sisters - Latin Quarter 1957
Desi Arnaz - w/Diosa Costello 1948
Count Basie - Lincoln 1943
Tony Bennett - Copacabana 1958
Milton Berle - Latin Quarter 1948
Joey Bishop - w/Andy Williams 1959
Ray Bolger - Wizard of Oz Scarecrow, Empire Room 1956
Cab Calloway - Greenwich Inn 1949
Diahann Carroll - Persian Room 1961
Betty Clooney - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Nat King Cole - Copacabana 1958
Perry Como - Versailles 1944
Copacabana - famous night club restaurant is reviewed 1953
Crosby Brothers - Latin Quarter 1961
Xavier Cugat - Waldorf Astoria 1951
Vic Damone - Riviera 1953
Billy Daniels - Copacabana 1952
Sammy Davis Jr. - Copacabana 1959
Phyllis Diller - w/Bobby Short 1958
Nancy Donovan - Copacabana 1952
Jimmy Durante - Copacabana 1951
Billy Eckstine - Copacabana 1951
Duke Ellington - Basin St. East 1961
Eddie Fisher - Empire Room 1959
Judy Garland -Town & Country 1958
Jackie Gleason - La Vie en Rose 1953
Benny Goodman - Empire Room 1956
Dolores Gray - Waldorf Astoria 1954
Buddy Hackett - Copacabana 1956
Connie Haines - Terrace Room 1951
Dick Haymes - Versailles 1956
Horace Heidt - 30th Anniversary 1954
Florence Henderson w/Bill Hayes 1958
Hildegarde - Pierre 1953
Celeste Holm - Plaza 1958
Eddy Howard - Roosevelt 1955
Burl Ives w/Wally Cox - Persian Room
Lisa Kirk - Persion Room 1958
Frankie Laine - Latin Quarter 1955
Julius La Rosa - Romanian 1958
Peggy Lee - Copacabana 1958
Jerry Lewis - Town & Country 1957
Joe E. Lewis - Copacabana 1945
Ted Lewis - Latin Quarter 1953
Liberace - Persian Room 1947
Guy Lombardo - Roosevelt 1957
Vincent Lopez - Grill Room 1954
Tony Martin - Riviera 1953
Martin and Lewis - Copacabana 1950
Ray McKinley - Glenn Miller Band 1957
Mills Brothers - Latin Quarter 1956
Vaughn Monroe - Astor 1955
Constance Moore - St. Regis 1958
Johnnie Ray - Copacabana 1953
Della Reese - Copacabana 1961
Sugar Ray Robinson - French Casino
Dorothy Shay - St. Regis 1961
Frank Sinatra - Wedgewood 1943
Danny Thomas - Copacabana 1949
Sophie Tucker - Latin Quarter 1950
Mae West - Latin Quarter 1956
Julie Wilson - Persian Room 1954
EDITORIALS
Dean Martin - thoughts on Mr. Sauve
Peter Lawford - retrospective
Rise & Fall of the big bands
INTERVIEWS
K Baggelaar- Copacabana author
Don Dellair - cabaret performer
Denny Farrell - big band disc jockey
Hal Turner - Performer/Conductor
B Zickafoose - played in WWII Europe
ASSORTED
Bernie Bierman bio
Sammy Kaye - Roosevelt 1957
Dinah Shore - press release and autograph from the 50's
A Letter about a WWII song
Harbers & Dale - Dance Team
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