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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

A Day to Marimba: 1955

A Day to Marimba: 1955

        tterrace informs us: Filmed specifically for the Disneyland TV show episode "Cavalcade of Song," Feb. 16, 1955.

1955. "Peggy Lee singing into tape recorder accompanied by Sonny Burke. Soundtrack for Walt Disney CinemaScope cartoon feature Lady and the Tramp." 35mm Kodachrome by Robert Vose for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Peggy's Actual Contribution

Peggy Lee was not the voice of Lady. She was the "floozy" dog in the pound ("He's a Tramp"), along with the Siamese cats. "Lady" was voiced by an older actress.

love love love the title

"A Day to Marimba" is a glowing gem in your diadem of fabulous captions.

[Aw shucks. - Dave]

Lost Loves

In 1962 I was teaching in a very isolated village in Papua New Guinea -- no electricity, just a battery powered record player with a single record of Peggy Lee's Lost Loves. Loved Peggy. Had no one else.

"Fever"

A marvelous voice!

The LOOK look

Loses something in print.

We are Siamese

I remember seeing this on TV way back when and recall Peggy demonstrating how she overdubbed a duet with herself portraying the cats singing "We are Siamese if you please" for the movie "Lady and the Tramp." This photo, though, probably isn't an accurate depiction of how the recording was actually done since that appears to be a single track machine and the quality would never pass Disney muster.

[Though obviously staged as a simplified demonstration, the scene did feature a second tape recorder not seen in this shot. They appear to be Revere T-700s. -tterrace]

A real Lady

Just a few days ago I asked a fellow record collector if he remembered who provided the voice of the Lady in the movie and he was stumped for a minute till I reminded him. A scene of exquisite class and beauty! There's never been anything like Kodachrome!

 
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