LA Life &Style Music Scene – Sarah Spiegel, in her debut album AS TIME GOES BY, via Regal Records and Nawyecka Productions, has recorded some of the most beautiful and memorable songs of World War II from her original one-woman show Through the Perilous Fight (We Never Stopped Singing).
AS TIME GOES BY, which is now available worldwide on all streaming platforms includes a set list combining familiar classics (“I’m In The Mood For Love,” “The White Cliffs of Dover”) award-winning hits (“One For My Baby,” “As Time Goes By”) plus an original tune (“Dreamtime”) by Spiegel and her musical director Carl Byron. https://sarahspiegel.hearnow.com/
Spiegel’s 1940s big band songs from her acclaimed WWII musical revue allow her multifaceted voice to shine through. AS TIME GOES BYis packed with classic song arrangements of the big band era. Sarah’s song styling and electrifying energy will have your fingers snapping and toes tapping. The “Regal Miz” Spiegel brings the powerful era of big band arrangements and timeless classics to life. NOW AVAILABLE!https://sarahspiegel.hearnow.com/
By Margie Anne Clark, Los Angeles Life and Style / SCV Style
Santa Clarita, Calif. – What a magical night it was at Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience! For diehard theme park aficionados, what a fascinating trek it was to drive along the familiar foot-paths that we’ve come to love in the heart of the Valencia.
Beautiful glittering lights greeted a caravan of cars, trucks and vans filled with passengers who took in the ethereal sights and sounds of a splendidly decked Six Flags Magic Mountain. Reams of tinseled holiday garland, complete with waving toy soldiers, candy canes, top-hatted stilt walkers, victorian gowned greeters, mystically dressed cast members – and even Santa and his sleigh full of elves and toys, ushered in a colorful kick-off to the Holiday season.
The drive-thru event also gave a glimpse of the park’s familiar rides, such as CraZanity, Riddler’s Revenge and JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis. The quieted rides seemed to beckon the drivers through the twinkling crystal covered trees, with a nod and a wink as if to say, “We’ll be back again soon!” Still, I could almost hear the swooshing roller coasters, and happy screams of delight from last December when my family and I strolled the park by foot, braving the brisk winter weather bundled in coats and gloves. Driving by the familiar restaurant hubs evoked memories of chowing on delicious hamburgers and fries, funnel cakes and churros as part of the usual theme park ambience, but for now remaining quietly in repose.
I applaud and thank the creative folks at Six Flags Magic Mountain for opening up our beloved theme park for a nostalgic drive-thru journey into what we’ve missed from spring-break through the usually packed and bustling summer months. We love our Six Flags Magic Mountain and it touched my heart to traverse the old familiar trails, albeit behind the wheel of my car while glancing up at the storied roller coaster loops that await us, reflecting colors of joy, goodwill and optimism for the future.
Story and Photos by Margie Anne Clark, Los Angeles Life and Style
About the Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience
For the first time ever at Six Flags Magic Mountain, will give theme-park goers an experience of a millions of lights, festive holiday theming, and seasonal music favorites in a drive-thru nighttime spectacular, Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience running through November 20 – January 3, 2021.
A magical winter wonderland with millions of colorful lights filling in until the thrill of coasters returns. . . . . . Until then, you’ll be dazzled by all the wonderful sights and sounds of the holiday season from the comfort of your car.
I applaud and thank the creative folks at Six Flags Magic Mountain for opening up our beloved theme park for a nostalgic drive-thru journey into what we’ve missed from spring-break through the usually packed and bustling summer months. We love our Six Flags Magic Mountain and it touched my heart to traverse the old familiar trails, albeit behind the wheel of my car while glancing up at the storied roller coaster loops that await us, reflecting colors of joy, goodwill and optimism for the future. – Margie Anne Clark, Los Angeles Life and Style
Dates: November 20-29, December 4-6, 11-13, 18-31 , January 1-3
For a fun night out and a little drive down memory lane, head down to Six Flags Magic Mountain this Holiday Season. It will warm your heart and put a smile on your face! Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience includes eight distinctly different areas throughout the park with millions of twinkling lights choreographed to festive music, beloved holiday characters decked out for the holidays, iconic Holiday in the Park decorations, and a drive-by featuring Santa and his elves. New this year, go for a ride in The Underground featuring several of the famous West Coast Customs show cars on display.
Online reservations will be required and tickets must be purchased in advance at sixflags.com. A limited number of cars will be allowed each night so be sure to make your reservation and purchase early. Admission tickets for this first-ever experience will be sold on a per person basis for each night, with a minimum of two individuals per vehicle required. Members and Season Pass Holders can use their valid pass for free admission, along with a required reservation made online in advance. Admission prices will vary by day. Tickets will not be available for sale at the park and all reservations must be made in advance.Make Reservations
ONLINE TICKETS & RESERVATIONS
HOLIDAY SWEETS & TREATS
Special Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience food and gift packages will also be available for purchase online in advance and will be delivered to guest cars when they present their purchase voucher at the parking lot entrance.
Our holiday snack packs and merchandise bundles include sweets and treats that are perfect for sharing and taking home a piece of this unique event. All pre-purchased items will be delivered directly to your vehicle during the drive-thru experience.
Holiday Snack Pack (up to 4 people)
4 cups of hot chocolate
1 dozen tasty holiday cookies
2 bags of tasty candy
1 large buttery popcorn & souvenir bucket
Holiday Merchandise Bundles
To tie in the merriment, all holiday merchandise bundles will be delivered in a special Holiday in the Park drawstring bag. As an added bonus for every merchandise bundle purchased, a Holiday Buddy Bear will be donated to charities throughout the Los Angeles area to children for the holiday season.
4 Holiday in the Park themed face masks
4 holiday light-up necklaces
4 holiday 3D light glasses that add a bonus element to this unique experience
Handmade Coaster Candy Fudge
1.5lb assorted holiday flavors made fresh daily at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Flavors include: chocolate, rocky road, raspberry dream, peppermint bark, cookie dough, and mint chocolate swirl
Holiday Funnel Cake
Indulge in a Six Flags powdered sugar funnel cake made fresh throughout the night and delivered directly to your vehicle near the end of the event route
The following safety guidelines are based off the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Appendix G in conjunction with Six Flags Magic Mountain policies. Your safety and the safety of others is a shared responsibility during COVID-19. All participants of the Vehicle-Based Parade route must adhere to the following safety guidelines:
All occupants of each enclosed vehicle are members of a single household or living unit. Occupants may not change vehicles during the parade route. For clarity, an enclosed vehicle does not include a motorcycle, a convertible with the top open, a vehicle without doors or a bicycle.
If any of the windows on a vehicle is open, the occupants of the vehicles must wear a face covering when approached by Six Flags Personnel, Security or Emergency Services.
Occupants of a participating vehicle cannot leave their vehicles except for emergency purposes. During this exception, the participant must use a cloth face covering while maintaining social/physical distancing.
Participating vehicles cannot exceed their maximum occupancy and must follow motor vehicle laws.
Vehicle-Based Parade must proceed by invitation/reservation only.
Any items or food and drink related trash must remain in the vehicle.
Vehicle-Based Parade must allow enough spacing between vehicles to allow for emergency entry and exit.
While traveling throughout the Vehicle-Based Parade route, the speed limit is 3 mph.
Restrooms are provided prior to entering the Vehicle-Based Parade route and at the conclusion of the route. In-Park restrooms are not available.
No stopping or parking along the Vehicle-Based Parade route is permitted unless directed by Six Flags Personnel, Security or Emergency Services.
Smoking is not permitted while participating in the Vehicle-Based Parade route.
All vehicles are subject to a search by Six Flags Personnel, Security or Emergency Services.
Due to the limited size of certain areas and terrain only cars, SUV’s, vans and pick-up trucks are permitted. No buses, RV’s, commercial vehicles, dually pick-up trucks, trailers, motorcycles etc.
Please adhere to the direction of Six Flags Personnel, Security or Emergency Services.
Alcohol, drugs and illegal substances are not permitted. Individuals in possession or under the influence will be denied entry or ejected.
For more information visit: https://www.sixflags.com/magicmountain//events/holiday-in-the-park
Universal CityWalk Introduces “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats,” Offering Guests and Fans a Chance to Enjoy Magical and Delicious Confections and Snacks Just in Time for the Holiday Season, Beginning Friday, November 20, 2020
Universal City, California, November 20, 2020 – Here’s the scoop: Beginning Friday, November 20, Butterbeer favorites and more will be served at Universal CityWalk’s newest seasonal walk-up location, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Sweets & Treats,” offering fans a chance to enjoy the beloved beverage and ice-cream from Universal Studios Hollywood’s immersive land.
Traditional cold, frozen and hot Butterbeer along with delectable Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice-cream and Chocolate Frog confections will delight the palates of fans who have long craved these popular temptations from the theme park’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”
The Butterbeer beverages will be available for purchase in a cup or souvenir stein. Gilly Water and classic cinnamon Churros will also be on the menu.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” will be open on weekends from Friday through Sunday during CityWalk’s operating hours, noon to 8:00 p.m. Free self-parking is available to all guests during this initial re-opening phase.
Inspired by the compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle. Now, for the first time and during this Holiday season, some of the iconic beverages and desserts featured in the land will be served for a limited time at this new and special Universal CityWalk location.
Universal CityWalk continues to work closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing. Health and safety protocols are outlined below, highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.
Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
Controlled occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations and all high touch points areas.
Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout CityWalk.
Cashless payments and “no touch” policies wherever possible.
All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival. Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit. People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.
More than two decades ago, a young Harry Potter was whisked onto Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, and readers everywhere were swept along with him into a magical universe, created by J.K. Rowling. In the years since, the seven Harry Potter bestsellers have inspired eight blockbuster movies, an award-winning stage play, and, more recently, the start of the Fantastic Beasts five-film series. People of all ages have been enthralled by these extraordinary adventures, set within an expanding universe, inspired by the vision of J.K. Rowling.
For today’s growing worldwide fan community, and for generations to come, the Wizarding World welcomes everyone to explore more of this magical universe — past, present and future. The Wizarding World also provides fans with an instant, trusted kite-mark of quality and authenticity.
The collection of home movies celebrates individuals who overcame barriers to work in the motion picture industry, with personal footage captured between the 1930s and the 1960s. Actor Hayley Mills joins to discuss her 1966 comedy “The Trouble with Angels,” while writer-director Gregory Nava and Bob Koster, son of director Henry Koster, share stories about their family films. Lastly, Academy archivist Sean Savage provides tips on caring for your own home movies. Original music for the program is composed and performed by Michael Mortilla. For more information, visit Oscars.org.
Director Dorothy Arzner – the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America – boating with her friend Billie Burke
Gilbert Roland’s 16mm home movies in early Kodachrome
A party at the home of Dolores Del Rio and Cedric Gibbons
A road trip with cinematographer James Wong Howe
Director Henry Koster leaving Europe as the Nazis come to power
Behind the scenes with Loretta Young, Celeste Holm and Elsa Lanchester
Nat King Cole at a movie premiere
Ida Lupino directing a female cast led by Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills in “The Trouble with Angels”
Plus, Constance Bennett, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, William Haines, Gypsy Rose Lee, Satchel Paige and more.
Randy Haberkamp (presenter), Academy’s Senior Vice President, Preservation and Foundation Programs Lynne Kirste (presenter), Academy Film Archive’s Special Collections Curator Bob Koster (special guest) Hayley Mills (special guest), actor Michael Mortilla, musician Gregory Nava (special guest), writer-director
ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening April 30, 2021.
Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita and Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) are excited to announce that 149 small businesses within the Santa Clarita Valley were approved to receive a one-time financial reimbursement for crisis expenses of up to $5,000 per individual business, as a part of the Santa Clarita small business relief grant program.
Interested applicants began receiving their approval or denial letters beginning on Thursday, November 19. Verified eligible businesses that have met all specified grant qualifications and requirements can expect to receive grant funds by the end of the year.
The program was developed utilizing CARES Act funding to provide local small businesses with a one-time financial reimbursement for expenses incurred from business interruption. The Program was approved by the City Council on October 13, 2020, in response to the urgent needs of Santa Clarita’s business community due to the global crisis. The Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation (SCVEDC) has partnered with the City throughout the life cycle of this program to maximize its impact and expand its reach to eligible small businesses located throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, both in the City of Santa Clarita and in surrounding unincorporated Los Angeles County areas.
For more information about the program, please contact Administrative Analyst for Business Development, Monica Fawcett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los Angeles, Calif – Linda Borgeson, Lois Burwell, Teri E.Dorman, Greg Hedgepath, Ujwal Nirgudkar, Helena Packer and Amy Vincent have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the Council’s 2020–2021 membership roster to 25.
Borgeson is currently senior vice president of feature post production, Disney Live Action. With more than 30 years working in film, she has spent most of her career at Miramax Films and The Walt Disney Studios, working on a diverse slate of films including “Jungle Cruise,” Mulan,” “Dumbo,” “Tomorrowland,” “Kill Bill,” the first three “Spy Kids” films and “Scary Movie.” Borgeson has a strong knowledge base in new technologies, digital cameras, dailies workflows, visual effects, 3D, large screen projection, color pipelines/ACES, DCinema, immersive sound formats, remote solutions, High Frame Rate (HFR) and HDR/EDR. She has been an Academy Member-at-Large since 2018.
Burwell won an Oscar® for her makeup work on “Braveheart” and earned a nomination for “Saving Private Ryan.” Her other feature credits include “Ready Player One,” “Lincoln,” “War Horse” and “The Princess Bride.” A member of the Academy since 1997, she is currently serving the third year of her second term as Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governor and her fourth year as first vice president on the Academy’s Board of Governors.
Dorman is a sound editor who has worked on more than 140 films, including “La La Land,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Moneyball,” “Unstoppable,” “Man on Fire,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “Spy Game,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Prince of Tides,” “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Bird,” “Top Gun” and “The Deer Hunter.” She has been a member of the Academy since 1988 and a governor representing the Sound Branch since 2017.
Hedgepath is a supervising sound editor who has worked in film and television for more than 20 years. A two-time Golden Reel Award winner, his career highlights include designing sound effects for “Twister” and “Starship Troopers.” His additional credits include “Coming 2 America,” “Queen & Slim,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “Selma,” “Footloose” and “The Incredible Hulk.” He began his career in film at Lucasfilm and later worked at Sony, Soundelux, Formosa Group and Warner Bros. Hedgepath has been a member of the Academy’s Sound Branch since 2014.
Nirgudkar has worked in the Indian film industry for the past 39 years. He initiated and coordinated the project to translate the Academy’s landmark digital preservation research reports, The Digital Dilemma and The Digital Dilemma 2, into the Marathi and Hindi languages. In 2011, he established, and is currently chairing, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) India Section. Nirgudkar earned a chemical engineering degree from U.D.C.T. Mumbai University (now called ICT). He has been an Academy Member-at-Large since 2017.
Packer is currently senior vice president and general manager of content production for the Silicon Valley and Shanghai-based DGene Technology. Her work includes the development of future technology for visual effects with a focus on AI and virtual production. Packer has supervised visual effects on dozens of feature films, episodic TV series, commercials and music videos. She has served on the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Diversity Subcommittee as chair, the Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee and the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.
With a 30-year career as a cinematographer, Vincent’s feature credits include “Footloose,” “The Experiment,” “Black Snake Moan,” “Hustle & Flow,” for which she won a Cinematography award at the Sundance Film Festival, and “Eve’s Bayou.” She received the Women in Film Kodak Vision award in 2001. Vincent participates in mentorship, training and education through the International Cinematographers Guild. She has been a member of the Academy since 2004 and currently serves as first vice president of the American Society of Cinematographers, where she co-chairs the ASC Future Practices committee.
The Council co-chairs for 2020–2021 are Visual Effects Branch governor Craig Barron and Member-at-Large Annie Chang.
The Council’s 16 other returning members are Bill Baggelaar, Brooke Breton, Bill Corso, Theo Gluck, Buzz Hays, Leslie Iwerks, Andrea Kalas, Academy governor John Knoll, Colette Mullenhoff, Cary Phillips, Arjun Ramamurthy, Rachel Rose, David Schuelle, Leon Silverman, Jeffrey E. Taylor and Steve Yedlin.
Established in 2003 by the Academy’s Board of Governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities, and preserves the history of the science and technology of motion pictures.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening April 30, 2021.
LOS ANGELES, CA – September 1, 2020 – The Peggy Lee Estate, in conjunction with UMe/Capitol, announces the September 25 release of Ultimate Peggy Lee Christmas, a new collection featuring 22 holiday classics. The release of Ultimate Peggy Lee Christmas continues the centennial celebration of Peggy Lee’s birth—May 26, 1920—which has seen several new music releases honoring one of the 20th century’s most important musical influences in the world of jazz and popular music.
Drawing from her Capitol and Decca catalogs, as well as Disney’s Lady and the Tramp soundtrack, the album also features the digital debut of “Peace on Earth,” written by Lee and Sonny Burke (the version in the film was not recorded by Lee). Including 10 tracks from Lee’s much-admired 1960 Christmas album, along with several holiday singles, Ultimate Peggy Lee Christmas also presents two duets with Bing Crosby—“Little Jack Frost Get Lost” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Six songs on the album were written or co-written by Lee, including “Christmas Carousel,” “Here’s To You,” and “My Dear Acquaintance.” With liner notes from Holly Foster Wells, Peggy’s granddaughter, and Iván Santiago-Mercado, author of the Peggy Lee Discography, the album art offers several never-before-seen holiday photos from Miss Lee’s personal archives. Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee, which originally aired in 2004, has been newly updated for the centennial commemoration.
The 60-minute PBS program, which explores her life and songs as told in her own words through vintage interviews and performances, is currently airing nationwide. Featuring her biggest hits and most famous signature songs, spanning the 1940s through the 1980s, Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee offers a wealth of rare footage and images, including photographs and home movies. Check local listings for air dates and times.
Previously released new music releases celebrating her centennial year include: Ultimate Peggy Lee, a new 22-track career retrospective that features her hits, five songs she co-wrote, as well as the previously unreleased “Try A Little Tenderness,” which makes its world debut 57 years after it was recorded. Peggy Lee Decca Rarities, a 31-song digital-only collection of artistically and commercially successful recordings from her period with Decca Records. Eleven of the featured tracks were co-composed by Lee, among these are seven songs co-written by Lee and Sonny Burke for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, some of which did not make the final film.
Though long associated with Capitol Records, Peggy Lee recorded with Decca for five years (1952-1956). The Capitol Transcriptions 1946-1949, a 72-track collection with 55 songs making their worldwide digital debut and includes two Peggy Lee compositions, “Don’t Be So Mean To Baby” and “I Don’t Know Enough About You.” During the 1940s, Capitol’s Transcription Library Service produced records exclusively for radio airplay and not commercial sale. From 1946-1949, Peggy Lee, backed mostly by a small jazz group, recorded masters for the Capitol Transcription Library Service. And, two premiums for Public Television pledge drive; Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings the Great American Songbook, a new 2-CD set with dozens of never-before-released recordings from Lee’s radio series and among them performances with guest songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Frank Loesser and Johnny Mercer. This premium for Public Television pledge drive. Peggy Lee, Things Are Swingin’: Her Greatest Songs, an exclusive new DVD featuring a color television special from 1967, plus several previously unavailable bonus performances from each decade from 1940s to the 1970s, plus a new featurette with Michael Feinstein titled, Singing Peggy’s Praises.
Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, she was christened Peggy Lee in 1937 by a local North Dakota deejay. A 13-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee, Peggy Lee helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer with her captivating voice, which continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.
Her compositions and recordings, including “It’s A Good Day,” “I Don’t Know Enough About You” and “I Love Being Here With You,” can be heard today in countless television shows and feature films. Best known for such songs as “Is That All There Is?,” “Fever,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” and “I’m A Woman,” which made her a jazz and pop legend, she recorded over 50 albums and amassed over 100 chart entries.
She won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit “Is That All There Is?” In 1995, she received the GRAMMY’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Coined “the female Frank Sinatra” by Tony Bennett, Lee did something few of her male counterparts ever attempted: she wrote songs. As one of the foremothers of the singer-songwriter school, Lee ranks among the most successful female singer-songwriters in the annals of American popular music.
Over her remarkable seven-decade career, singer, songwriter and composer Peggy Lee wrote over 250 songs and recorded over 1,100 masters. Her vast and varied catalog of compositions have been covered by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Nina Simone, Regina Spektor and Sarah Vaughan.
Continuing her centennial celebration, the 22-track album draws from her Capitol and Decca catalogs, as well as Disney’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ soundtrack, and features the digital debut of “Peace on Earth,” written by Lee and Sonny Burke (the version in the film was not recorded by Lee). Including 10 tracks from Lee’s much-admired 1960 Christmas album, along with several holiday singles, the album also presents two duets with Bing Crosby—“Little Jack Frost Get Lost” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.” Six songs on the album were written or co-written by Lee, including “Christmas Carousel,” “Here’s To You,” and “My Dear Acquaintance.”
Peggy Lee, Ultimate Christmas [CD/LP/Digital]
1. Winter Wonderland
2. The Christmas Waltz
3. Here Comes Santa Claus (with Bing Crosby)
4. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
5. Ring Those Christmas Bells
6. Happy Holiday
7. The Christmas Spell
8. Deck the Halls
9. Christmas Carousel
10. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
11. Don’t Forget To Feed The Reindeer
12. White Christmas
13. The Star Carol
14. I Like A Sleighride (Jingle Bells)
15. The Tree
16. It’s Christmas Time Again
17. Little Jack Frost Get Lost (with Bing Crosby)
18. The Little Drummer Boy
19. Peace On Earth
20. Song At Midnight
21. My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)
*22. Here’s To You *Not available digitally
About Peggy LeeOne of the most important musical influences of the 20th century, Peggy Lee wrote over 250 songs, recorded over 1,100 masters, and had over 100 chart hits throughout her seven-decade career. As one of the world’s first female contemporary singer-songwriters, she co-wrote and sang many of her own hits, most notably “He’s A Tramp” for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp as well as “It’s A Good Day” and “Mañana.” She’s best known for hits “Why Don’t You Do Right?” “Fever,” “I’m A Woman,” and “Is That All There Is?,” for which she won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance. A 13-time GRAMMY® nominee, she received Lifetime Achievement awards from NARAS, ASCAP and The Society of Singers, was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Pete Kelly’s Blues. For more information about Peggy Lee, visit peggylee.com
Covina, Calif – Rad Coffee – the independent coffee company known for its mashup of skate culture and Instagramable over the top spooky-themed blended drinks – will celebrate the grand opening of their second Southern California location in Downtown Covina on Saturday, November 21st.
Located at 145 North Citrus Avenue in the heart of the Downtown Covina shopping district and close to Covina City Hall, this is the second Rad Coffee location for husband and wife team, Rusty and Jade Valore.
“We could have gone anywhere to open a second location, but Covina has always been on our minds and we finally found the right spot. It makes sense to bring Rad Coffee to life here,” says Jade.
“Rad has become a destination spot for coffee in Southern California. We’re open until midnight and have always had a huge late night coffee crowd. We always say that we’re not your average coffee shop and we mean it.”
To commemorate their grand opening, Rad Coffee will be giving the first 50 people in line complimentary custom tiki mugs, along with other RAD swag on November 21st. The party will be poppin’ all day long with horror cosplayers, photo ops, and entertainment.
The full Rad menu will be available for purchase during the grand opening, including their famed blended drinks like Cookies N’ Scream, cookies blended with coffee – topped with house-made blue whip and topped with cereal; Dracula, red velvet blended with almond and white chocolate chips – topped with house made black whipped cream; and their signature Cold Brew Chocolate Milk, chocolate milk loaded with cold brew and organic chocolate sauce. Their expansive menu includes an array of over 50 concoctions ranging from espresso to matcha tea to their very own punk rock lemonade.
Rad Coffee also proudly serves their own blend of small batch roasted coffee, created in-house by Rusty, who oversees the coffee roasting, as well as cold brew canning. Rad has been roasting and branding their own coffee beans since 2019, which gives them a larger footprint in the coffee industry.
If the 2,000 square foot Downtown Covina location is similar to the original Upland location, it will be a hot spot for the alternative crowds. With punk flyers lining the walls and murals showcasing work from indie illustrators, Rad Coffee creates a sense of community for those seeking something that’s not the average cup of Joe.
Rad Coffee is an independent coffee company established in 2015 by husband and wife team, Rusty and Jade Valore. The original brick and mortar store front is located in Upland, California with a second location in Covina, California opening fall 2020. The Rad Coffee brand also includes The Rad Coffee Truck, an exclusive array of merch featuring designs from indie artists, and an in-house roasted line of take-home coffee including canned cold brew and bagged beans. Rad Coffee serves a selection of drip coffee, pour overs, espressos, cappuccinos, and teas, in addition to their viral specialty blended drinks inspired by classic horror icons.
Los Angeles, Calif. – Norma Deloris Egstrom, better known to the entertainment world as Peggy Lee, was born on May 26, 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. After surviving a brutal childhood, she left home at the age of 17 and began her recording career in the early 1940s. Music was her escape from a grim reality.
Over her seven-decade career, Peggy Lee was involved in every aspect of her performances, from producing to costume and lighting design. She was a creative powerhouse, directing her life and career on her own terms. She is often cited as an inspiration by strong contemporary female singers including Adele, Katy Perry, Debbie Harry, Billie Eilish, Diana Krall, and k.d. lang.
Lee stayed active as a concert performer until 1995, when she gave her final performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In 1998 she suffered a stroke, and on January 21, 2002 she passed away at her home in California.
May 26, 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of this extraordinary artist and her considerable contributions to the world of jazz and popular music. The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to host the Peggy Lee 100th Birthday Celebration. The artifacts below represent accomplishments from each decade of Peggy Lee’s long, prolific musical life.
1930S: RADIO BEGINNINGS
Norma Deloris Egstrom grew up in North Dakota in the 1930s amidst the Great Depression. She helped take care of her beloved father while suffering abuse by her stepmother. Norma’s earliest exposure to music involved learning to play the piano and listening to the popular big bands of the day on her family’s first radio. Between 1935 and 1936, Egstrom gave some of her earliest performances, participating in one-act play contests organized by her county’s Kiwanis club, singing in her church’s chorus, and joining the glee club at her high school.
Norma Egstrom made her presence known on the radio throughout North Dakota in the 1930s. In 1936, Egstrom joined Lyle “Doc” Haines’ band and made her radio debut on KOVC in Valley City. In 1937, she auditioned for Ken Kennedy, the program director at WDAY in Fargo, the biggest radio station in North Dakota at the time. Kennedy was impressed, gave her a job, and put her on the radio later that day. When Norma Egstrom hit the airwaves that afternoon, Ken Kennedy introduced her by her new name… Peggy Lee.
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1940S: THE SINGER IN THE BAND
Nationwide popularity and chart-hitting success first came to Peggy Lee in 1941 after being hired as the singer in the Benny Goodman Orchestra, one of the most influential swing bands of the era. Lee’s earliest recordings with Goodman’s band exhibited her versatile, expressive voice— something that would become one of her most defining characteristics. In July of 1942, Peggy Lee and the Goodman Band recorded “Why Don’t You Do Right?,” a song Lee had been playing frequently in her dressing room. Their cut became one of the best-known versions of the song and sold over 1 million copies over the years, marking Peggy Lee’s first major hit.
While working with Goodman, Peggy Lee met Dave Barbour, the band’s guitarist and the man who would become her first husband and father to her daughter, Nicki. After Barbour was fired from the band for spending time with Lee, she briefly retired to focus on being a full-time wife and mother. Upon returning to show business, Peggy Lee established her solo career by joining the then-emerging Capitol Records in 1945, where she stayed for 24 years. Before the end of the 1940s, Lee scored over two dozen chart entries, many of which were collaborations with Barbour. Although Lee’s marriage to Barbour only lasted eight years, she considered him the love of her life and greatest musical collaborator.
1950S: FILMS AND “FEVER”
The 1950s were an extremely prolific decade for Peggy Lee. The 1953 Decca Records release, Black Coffee, (and its 1956 expanded re-release) is considered one of Lee’s best albums, as well as one of the top ten vocal albums in jazz history. That same year, Lee landed her first major role in a film, opposite Danny Thomas in The Jazz Singer. Lee contributed an original song to the film—“This Is a Very Special Day”—and delivered a legendary performance of Rodgers and Hart’s “Lover” onscreen. The critical reception of Lee’s performance outshone that of the film itself.
Peggy Lee joined forces with composer Sonny Burke to score and pen lyrics for Walt Disney’s newest animated feature, Lady and the Tramp. Lee also lent her voice to the film, portraying a human, a dog, and two cats. In 1955, actor Jack Webb asked Lee to play an alcoholic saloon singer in his upcoming jazz-centric film, Pete Kelly’s Blues. The challenging role earned Lee an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
At the end of the 1950s, Peggy Lee’s low-key, finger-snapping tune, “Fever,” began to take the world by storm. When nominations for the 1st Annual GRAMMY Awards came out in 1959, “Fever” was nominated for Record Of The Year, Best Vocal Performance, Female, and Best Arrangement. Although Jack Marshall, the arranger hired for the “Fever” recording session, got credit for the chart, Peggy Lee was the mastermind behind the minimalistic, lounge-y sound that makes “Fever” so unique. Lee’s song, “Alright, Okay, You Win,” earned her another nomination for Best Vocal Performance, Female at the 2nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Lee attended both GRAMMY Awards ceremonies and celebrated her musical peers.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The centennial celebration of Peggy Lee’s birth—May 26, 1920—continues to be commemorated with new music releases and the airing of an updated documentary. Honoring one of the 20th century’s most important musical influences in the world of jazz and popular music, and in conjunction with UMe/Capitol, the Peggy Lee Estate today announces the digital-only release of The Capitol Transcriptions 1946-1949, and the airing of an updated edition of Fever: The Music of Peggy Leein partnership with American Public Television.
During the 1940s, Capitol’s Transcription Library Service produced records exclusively for radio airplay and not commercial sale. From 1946-1949, Peggy Lee, backed mostly by a small jazz group, recorded masters for the Capitol Transcription Library Service. The Capitol Transcriptions 1946-1949, a 72-track collection, features 55 songs making their worldwide digital debut and includes two Peggy Lee compositions, “Don’t Be So Mean to Baby” and “I Don’t Know Enough About You.”
Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee, which originally aired in 2004, has been newly updated for the centennial commemoration. The 60-minute PBS program, which will air in select markets in mid-July and premieres in most areas the week of August 29, explores her life and songs as told in her own words, though vintage interviews and performances. Check local listings for air dates and times.
Featuring her biggest hits and most famous signature songs, spanning the 1940s through the 1980s, Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee offers a wealth of extremely rare footage and images, including photographs and home movies. The program also includes commentary by family, friends, and colleagues, including k.d. lang, Quincy Jones, Andy Williams, Nancy Sinatra, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Margaret Whiting, and interviews with Michael Feinstein and Lee’s daughter, Nicki Lee Foster, and her granddaughter, Holly Foster Wells.
Three premiums for the Public Television pledge drive include: Something Wonderful: Peggy Lee Sings the Great American Songbook, a new 2-CD set with dozens of never-before-released recordings from Lee’s radio series and featuring performances with guest songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Matt Dennis, Frank Loesser and Johnny Mercer; and Peggy Lee, Things Are Swingin’: Her Greatest Songs, an exclusive new DVD featuring a color television special from 1967, plus several previously unavailable bonus performances from each decade from 1940s-1970s, plus a new featurette with Michael Feinstein titled Singing Peggy’s Praises.
This year has already seen the release of Ultimate Peggy Lee, a new 22-track career retrospective that features her hits, five songs she co-wrote, as well as the previously unreleased “Try a Little Tenderness,” which makes its world debut 57 years after it was recorded. This set is among three titles offered during the PBS pledge drive.
Also recently released is Peggy Lee Decca Rarities, a 31-song digital-only collection of artistically and commercially successful recordings over her career with Decca Records. Eleven of the featured tracks were co-composed by Lee, among these are seven songs co-written by Lee and Sonny Burke for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, some of which did not make the final film. Though long associated with Capitol Records, Peggy Lee recorded with Decca for five years (1952-1956).
Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, she was christened Peggy Lee in 1937 by a local North Dakota deejay. A 13-time Grammy® Award-nominee, Peggy Lee helped redefine what it meant to be a female singer with her captivating voice, which continues to resonate with audiences of all ages. Her compositions and recordings, including “It’s a Good Day,” “I Don’t Know Enough About You” and “I Love Being Here With You,” can be heard today in countless television shows and feature films.
Best known for such songs as “Is That All There Is?,” “Fever,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” and “I’m a Woman,” which made her a jazz and pop legend, she recorded over 50 albums and amassed over 100 chart entries. She won the Grammy® for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit “Is That All There Is?” In 1995, she received the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Coined “the female Frank Sinatra” by Tony Bennett, Lee did something few of her male counterparts ever attempted: she wrote songs. As one of the foremothers of the singer-songwriter school, Lee ranks among the most successful female singer-songwriters in the annals of American popular music. Over her remarkable seven-decade career, singer, songwriter and composer Peggy Lee wrote over 250 songs and recorded over 1,100 masters.
Her vast and varied catalog of compositions have been covered by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Nina Simone, Regina Spektor and Sarah Vaughan.
Don’t Be So Mean To Baby (‘Cause Baby’s Good To You)
Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man
Mean To Me
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
Georgia On My Mind
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Just Like A Gypsy
Somebody Loves Me
The Lullaby Of Broadway
In My Solitude
I Get A Kick Out Of You
Lover Come Back To Me
I Don’t Know Enough About You
Oh, Look At Me Now
I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
Dancing With Tears In My Eyes
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
Birth Of The Blues
Then I’ll Be Happy
I Only Have Eyes For You
Back In Your Own Back Yard
How Long Has This Been Going On
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
As Long As I’m Dreaming
Swinging On A Star
Aren’t You Glad You’re You
Save Your Sorrow For Tomorrow
Oh! You Crazy Moon
This Can’t Be Love
You’re Driving Me Crazy
I Ain’t Got Nobody
This Little Piggie
Fine and Dandy
‘T Ain’t So, Honey, ‘T Ain’t So
When A Woman Loves A Man
About Peggy Lee
One of the most important musical influences of the 20th century, Peggy Lee wrote over 250 songs, recorded over 1,100 masters, and had over 100 chart hits throughout her seven-decade career. As one of the world’s first female contemporary singer-songwriters, she co-wrote and sang many of her own hits, most notably “He’s A Tramp” for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp as well as “It’s A Good Day” and “Mañana.” She’s best known for hits “Why Don’t You Do Right?” “Fever,” “I’m A Woman,” and “Is That All There Is?,” for which she won the Grammy® for Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance. A 13-time GRAMMY® nominee, she received Lifetime Achievement awards from NARAS, ASCAP and The Society of Singers, was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Pete Kelly’s Blues. For more information about Peggy Lee, visit peggylee.com.
1960S: “IS THAT ALL THERE IS?”
Peggy Lee continued to record at a rapid pace in the 1960s, releasing over 20 albums and 30 singles. Lee was constantly evolving as an artist, embracing new musical styles and working with up-and-coming musicians, conductors, and orchestrators. During this time, she appeared as a special guest on numerous television variety shows hosted by notable entertainers of the day, including Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams, and more. As the decade progressed, Lee also hosted her own television specials, accompanied by the orchestras of Sid Feller (1966) and Ralph Carmichael (1967) as well as her own jazz combo, featuring the likes of Mundell Lowe and Toots Thielemans.
Peggy Lee’s nonstop hard work paid off in a big way in 1969. First, National Educational Television made her the subject of a biopic, titled Miss Peggy Lee. The documentary featured interviews and exclusive video access to Lee’s rehearsals and performances—a look behind the curtain at her extraordinary career thus far. Second, Lee released her most successful track since 1958’s “Fever.” Penned by songwriting duo Leiber and Stoller and arranged by Randy Newman at Lee’s request, “Is That All There Is?” was a haunting, philosophical song about disillusionment that resonated with Americans at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. The track earned Peggy Lee three more GRAMMY nominations, including Record Of The Year.
1970S: A GRAMMY WIN… AND A BEATLE
Peggy Lee entered the 1970s with three GRAMMY nominations. The 12th Annual GRAMMY Awards took place on March 11, 1970, and Lee received her first gramophone for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Female. The long-awaited win acknowledged Lee’s decades of performing and hit-making, and marked yet another high point in her career.
In June of 1972, Peggy Lee released her final album under Capitol Records. To date, Lee ranks as the female act with the longest stay at the renowned label. Although the album’s title, Norma Deloris Egstrom from Jamestown, North Dakota, suggests a look back at her past, it included all new material.
After leaving Capitol, Lee continued to exhibit her adaptability to modern sounds. In 1974, she co-produced an album with the multi-talented Dave Grusin, titled Let’s Love, whose title track was a collaboration with Paul McCartney, a longtime fan of Lee’s.
1980S: HITTING THE STAGE
In the early 1980s, Peggy Lee kept a busy performance schedule and still found time to try her hand at live theater. During the summer of 1980, Lee was cast in Side By Side By Sondheim—a musical homage to the great Broadway composer—and her performance was met with positive reviews. A few years later, she collaborated with pianist Paul Horner on an autobiographical musical for Broadway, titled Peg.
In 1986, Peggy Lee became the first female recipient of the Songwriters Guild of America’s Aggie and Presidents Awards for her composing skills and support of young songwriters, respectively.
Lee released two more noteworthy albums in the late 1980s: Miss Peggy Lee Sings the Blues (1988) and The Peggy Lee Songbook: There’ll Be Another Spring (1989). Both albums earned nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female at the 31st and 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Lee continued to pack performance venues as she approached her seventieth birthday.
1990S: A LIFETIME OF ACHIEVEMENT
In the 1990s, Peggy Lee received a series of honors that celebrated her outstanding career. In 1990, she was presented with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ highest accolade, the Pied Piper Award. Four years later, Lee received the Society of Singers’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and her Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award came shortly after that.
Peggy Lee gave her final performances at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl during the summer of 1995. Towards the end of the decade, Lee’s health began to decline after suffering a debilitating stroke in 1998. In June 1999, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, however, she was physically unable to attend the ceremony and her daughter and granddaughter, Nicki Lee Foster and Holly Foster Wells, accepted the award in-person on her behalf.
2000S: HER LEGACY LIVES ON
Peggy Lee passed away on January 21, 2002 at her home in Los Angeles, California. Dozens of tribute performances celebrating Lee’s musical legacy were held in the years following her passing, including ones at Carnegie Hall’s JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl—the same venues that hosted Lee’s last two performances.
Peggy Lee’s music lives on in almost every facet of pop culture. Beyoncé, the Beastie Boys, Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas, and A$AP Rocky are just a few of the contemporary recording artists who have covered or sampled Lee’s songs, and her hits are often heard in movies and television shows like Mad Men, The Good Place, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. In 2017, Lee’s 1949 recording of “Similau (See-Me-Lo)” was the soundtrack for a Samsung cell phone commercial, inspiring thousands of viewers to reach for their Shazam app.
In April 2020, the ASCAP Foundation established the Peggy Lee Songwriter Award to mark her 100th birthday and annually recognize a songwriter who “demonstrates intelligent use of language, talent and career potential.”
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