“Elmer’s Tune” is one of Peggy Lee’s first recordings. Originally known as Norma Egstrom, she was singing at The Buttery Room, a nightclub in the Ambassador Hotel West in Chicago. According to Lee, Benny Goodman’s then-fiancée, Lady Alice Duckworth, came into the Buttery, and she was very impressed. So the next evening she brought Benny in during a break from his band’s run at the Panther Room in the Hotel Sherman, because they were looking for a replacement for Helen Forrest. Goodman hired her and she stayed with the band for two years.
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