Question: When I was in college during the early '60s, my roommate had a Peggy Lee album that I enjoyed. Since then, I have not been able to find it. (I recall the album because it was the first time I had heard of Lee or Andre Previn, who was on the record with her.)
But when I e-mailed the Peggy Lee Fan Club, I was told Peggy never made an album with Andre Previn. Is my memory incorrect, or did they perform together? If so, is the performance still available on CD or some other format? Roger McQuown, Lakeland
Answer: I'm going to have to side with the Peggy Lee Fan Club on this one. I find no albums where Peggy and Andre Previn team their talents.
Does the title Beauty and the Beat sound familiar? If so, it is the title of a 1959 album of vocals by Peggy Lee, accompanied by the music of George Shearing (Capitol 1219). The time frame is also right, which means this could be the LP you recall from your college days.
Since your memory is of the singer you heard being Peggy Lee, these next few are probably long shots; but, Andre Previn did record with a couple of other ladies in the early '60s.
Dinah Shore Sings Andre Previn Plays (Capitol 1422) and Diahann Carroll and Andre Previn (United Artists 3069) both came out in 1960. Then, The Fabulous Diahann Carroll with Andre Previn (United Artists 3229) followed in 1962.
Question: My father is always singing a song he swears he didn't make up.
Some lyrics are: "Take a K, and an E; N and a T; U and a C, K, Y. That spells Kentucky and it's mighty nice. You take a chicken and you kill it, and you put it in a skillet and you fry it up golden
brown. That's southern cooking and it's mighty nice."
Any ideas about this song? Meg Davis via the internet
Answer: Dad didn't dream this up, nor, it's safe to assume, did the chicken.
The tune is Kentucky Means Paradise, and, in 1962, it became the first C&W hit for Glen Campbell (Capitol 4867). The flip side, Truck Driving Man, also got much air play. Interestingly, the actual credit on this single reads The Green River Boys Featuring Glen Campbell.
Now, since we are solving musical mysteries within the family:
Question: My brother is trying to find out a name of a song made in the '60s. He says I would always sing it around the house. It goes something like this: "She's looking good, just like I told her that she would, she's looking so good." I remember it only slightly. Can you help? Teresa Treat, Long Beach, Calif.
Answer: It is likely you romped around the house singing this tune in early 1967. That's when She's Looking Good, by Rodger Collins became a hit, more so in California than elsewhere in the country. Perhaps Collins, an Oakland native, boosted sales in the Golden State.
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