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Black Coffee Peggy Lee (Decca, 1953 and 1956)

First released on a 10″ format, Black Coffee was Peggy Lee’s debut album. Lee had been recording professionally since joining the Benny Goodman Orchestra in 1941, but only singles on 78s or 45s had been released. In 1956, at the request of her label, Lee re-issued the album, with four more songs for a 12″ LP record.

Though Black Coffee failed to hit the charts, Lee had a jazz/pop music singing/songwriting/composing and acting career that spanned six decades. Lee died at age 81 from complications from diabetes in January 2002.