From swing era girl singer to sultry siren to grande dame of American song, Peggy Lee brought a sense of style, sophistication, subtlety and depth to the songs she performed and composed that coaxed listeners into a world of romance and rapture, heartache and enchantment.
The accumulated work of late, great artists has a way of falling into the hands of those who are more concerned with exploiting a legacy than advancing it. Peggy Lee made sure that didn't happen to the music she made over the course of six decades.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter/actress singled out someone she trusted inherently to watch all those great songs and recordings - her granddaughter.
Holly Foster-Wells spent long stretches with her grandmother from the time she was a child. Summers, spring breaks and Christmas vacations were spent in the company of an artist who was keenly attuned to how her music and image would be presented when she was gone.
"She always told me, 'You're going to take over my business some day.' She told me from an early age how she wanted things done. At the time I thought: Whatever," Foster-Wells recalls with a laugh.
When Starbucks began work on a Peggy Lee Opus Collection we connected with Ms. Foster-Wells. It turned out to be a rewarding alliance for both parties. She's very pleased with the package and song sequence. And we teamed with someone who provided thoughtful, informed feedback on a variety of fronts.
1. Once Around The Moon
2. You Was Right, Baby
3. I'm Lookin' Out The Window
4. It's A Good Day
6. Why Don't You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)
7. Come Rain Or Come Shine
8. Too Close For Comfort
9. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
10. I've Got The World On A String
11. Big Spender
12. Black Coffee
13. I Love Being Here With You
14. Senza Fine
15. Is That All There Is?