Fever (2006) Was it a mistake that all those "Women in Rock" stories never cited Peggy Lee as the ultimate prototype? Maybe, given that she was the… 2006-03-21 Biography Nonfiction Henry Holt & Company
Book Review

Fever (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 21, 2006; Writer: Peter Richmond; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Was it a mistake that all those ''Women in Rock'' stories never cited Peggy Lee as the ultimate prototype? Maybe, given that she was the first jazz-era ''girl singer'' to write much of her own material, in addition to being a control freak about image and staging. Sadly, she may be best remembered today for her Lady and the Tramp contributions, but Peter Richmond makes a convincing case that she belongs on a plateau with Bing, Frank, and Louis. You feel his conflicting impulses when he approaches what might be called the batty-old-lady years, but he manages both candor and respect. Fever is the rare bio of a golden-age entertainer that doesn't skimp on scandal but is quadruply concerned with conveying musical brilliance. You won't be left asking ''Is That All There Is?''

Originally posted Mar 31, 2006 Published in issue #871 Apr 07, 2006 Order article reprints