Peggy Lee: Fever

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.

October 29, 2007 · 0 comments

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Joe Sample & Lalah Hathaway: Fever

On their collaboration album The Song Lives On, pianist Joe Sample and singer Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul great Donny Hathaway) take on “Fever,” immortalized by Peggy Lee. Where Lee infused the song with a sultry purr, Sample and Hathaway give it a bit more kick; they pick up the tempo slightly while still retaining the song’s sensuous core. The husky-voiced Hathaway offers a seductive vocal of her own, while Kirk Whalum provides plaintive sax punctuation. A captivating take on an indelible standard.

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