Pop Music: Parsimonious Peggy


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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!