Pop Music: Parsimonious Peggy

POP MUSIC

You had plenty money nineteen twen'y-two;
You let other people make a fool of you;
Why don't you do right, like some other men do?

It has been a quarter of a century since a shy blonde out of Jamestown, N. Dak., named Peggy Lee (real name: Norma Egstrom) sang that lament with Benny Goodman's band. She did right—and made plenty money. The intervening years have brought her smash-hit records (Lover, Fever), success as a songwriter (Mañana, It's a Good Day), an Academy Award nomination as an actress (Pete Kelly's Blues), ardent fans (ranging from Duke Ellington...

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