Elmer's Tune (2:53)

Cover of The Complete Recordings 1941-1947

From The Complete Recordings 1941-1947 and 5 other releases

“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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  • liquidnature

    such a great melody

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Wonderful...the sound of America before the politicians and the other leeches sucked the life out of her

    17 Jun 2012 Reply

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