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Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio: Songs A La King

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For a while in the 1950s, stardom seemed likely for “pretty, perky Peggy King” (the sobriquet, which stuck, supplied by her onetime boss, comedian George Gobel). She sang with the Charlie Spivak and Ralph Flanagan orchestras, steadily worked TV’s variety circuit, appeared in a few movies and recorded for Columbia. But King, vocally a pleasant if workaday pastiche of Doris Day and Debbie Reynolds, never quite clicked. She married a formalwear magnate and retired to Philadelphia, returning briefly in the 1980s for two albums for the Stash label.

Then, two years ago, King, age 84, was introduced to Philly’s longstanding All-Star Jazz Trio: pianist Andy Kahn, bassist Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber. And … click. She gigged with the trio for a while, finally agreeing early last year to lay down 16 tracks in Kahn’s private studio (plus one bonus track, recorded separately).

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