Peggy Lee: Fever
Peggy Lee (vocals)
Things Are Swingin' (Capitol Jazz 7243 5 97071 2 9)
Composed by John Davenport (Ottis Blackwell) & Eddie Cooley; additional lyrics by Peggy Lee.
Recorded: Los Angeles, May 19, 1958
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Peggy Lee not only swings you into bad health, she gives you "Fever" to boot. For her signature 1958 hit, Peggy slyly transposed the mood of R&B singer Little Willie John's 1956 original from aggressively raw to suggestively smooth. In contrast to Little Willie's lesson in primal lewdness, Lee leads a postgraduate seminar in hip seduction. The entitlement of Willie's "I know you're gonna treat me right" becomes Peggy's inviting "You know I'm gonna treat you right." With Shelly Manne's clairvoyant support, Miss Peggy Lee raises room temperature and makes sophistication sizzle.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz