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Peggy Lee started out as the vocalist for the Benny Goodman Orchestra in the early 1940s, and shortly thereafter became a star in her own right. Though she had numerous pop hits, she constantly crossed back and forth across the line between pop and jazz, and was hailed by numerous critics as one of America's finest singers in either genre. In addition, Lee was involved in the film world as both actress and composer, most actively in the '50s (she received an Oscar nomination for her role in PETE KELLY'S BLUES). She was a pioneer of the "cool" vocal style, best known for her hit version of the Little Willie John tune "Fever." A tireless artist, she continued working until her health gave out in the 1990s.