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Pretty Perky Peggy King
 Peggy on Radio .
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            During the 1950's and 1960's, many popular singers of the era contributed their talents to a series of public service radio programs sponsored by various government agencies such as the Army National Guard, the U.S. Air Force, the Navy and the Marines.  Each program ran fifteen minutes in length, and the singer was usually accompanied by a well known musical ensemble of the day.  These programs were provided to radio stations around the country on transcriptions to be played at times of their choosing to fulfill their public service requirement stipulated under the licenses granted to the stations by the Federal Communications Commission.  You can hear six such programs featuring Peggy, each as briefly described below.  The Navy Swings series dates from 1963, but The Charlie Barnet Show with Peggy King as guest was recorded somewhat earlier, probably during the mid-50's.  The audio files are each approximately seven megabytes in size, so please be patient if you have a dial-up internet connection. 

               Peggy also made two appearances on Philadelphia's public broadcasting station WHYY on their now nationally distributed program Fresh Air, hosted by Terry Gross.  The first consisted of a collection of songs by Irving Berlin on the occasion of his 100th birthday.  The second featured songs by Peggy's very favorite composer, Jerome Kern.  Host Terry Gross, pictured below, chats with Peggy on the background of some of the songs included in the broadcasts, as well as on Peggy's return to performing during the 1980's, after her children were grown.  
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The Navy Swings (1)                     Download Here 
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     Peggy sings with the Bobby Hackett Quintet 

     Do What You Do 
     Like Someone in Love                               
 

 
  
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The Navy Swings (2)                     Download Here 

     Peggy sings with the Bobby Hackett Quintet 
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     Let's Fall in Love 
     Hallelujah, I Just Love Him So 
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The Navy Swings (3)                     Download Here 
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     Peggy sings with the Bobby Hackett Quintet 

     Blame It on My Youth 
     The Second Time Around

 
 
 
The Navy Swings (4)                     Download Here 
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      Peggy sings with the Bobby Hackett Quintet 
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     I Get Along Without You Very Well 
     Such a Lot of Livin' to Do 
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The Charlie Barnet Show (1)         Download Here 

     Peggy sings with the Charlie Barnet Band 
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     Love  
     You Came a Long Way from St. Louie 
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The Charlie Barnet Show (2)         Download Here 
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      Peggy sings with the Charlie Barnet Band 
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     Lonesome Road 
     Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine
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Fresh Air:  A Salute to Irving Berlin at 100 

     Introduction by Terry Gross; Let Yourself Go  
     Medley:  All Alone, Say It Isn't So, What'll I Do? 
     Let's Face the Music and Dance 
     Better Luck Next Time  
     Shakin' the Blues Away  
     How About Me? 
     Always

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Fresh Air:  A Salute to the Music of Jerome Kern 

     Introduction by Terry Gross; I Told Every Little Star 
     They Didn't Believe Me 
     Who? 
     Long Ago and Far Away 
     Don't Ever Leave Me 
     Chatting with Host Terry Gross 
     Life Upon the Wicked Stage 
     Can't Help Loving That Man of Mine

 
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We are deeply indebted to a good friend of this website, Mr. John Greenstreet of Baltimore, for providing the four The Navy Swings programs with Peggy and the Bobby Hackett Quintet.
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