Pretty Perky Peggy King
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Carol Kotun Tribute Page
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               Carol A. Kotun is a retired math teacher formerly with Ravenna High School, where Peggy King graduated in 1947.  Although Carol taught at the school some years after Peggy had left, she continues to follow the progress of many of its students, particularly those who have been elevated to a place in the Ravenna High School Hall of Fame.  Carol alerted us to the page on the Ravenna High School website devoted to Peggy's place among the distinguished alumni of Ravenna High School.  That page is reproduced below, along with a local Ravenna artist's rendition of Peggy using one of Peggy's familiar publicity pictures for his model.  The original of the sketch now hangs among those of other members of the Hall of Fame along the corridors of Ravenna High School.  (To go to Peggy's actual Hall of Fame page on the Ravenna High School website just click here.) 
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Peggy King Rudofker
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Inducted - 1994
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Cultural/Performing Arts
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              Peggy King Rudofker graduated from Ravenna High School in 1947 and went on to become part of the Golden Age of TV. Always interested in singing, she landed two big jobs in Cleveland Ė vocalist at WGAR and Clevelandís top hotel band. She left Ohio and toured with Charlie Spivakís big band. She moved on to Ray Anthonyís big band, then to Ralph Flanaganís top band in the country, and finally to Mel Tormeís TV show for CBS. Ms. King then made a jingle for Huntís tomato sauce and become an instant sensation. Mitch Miller heard her and signed her to Columbia Records. From there she joined the George Gobel Show and became nationally known as "Pretty Perky Peggy King". In 1955, she was nominated for an Emmy as Best Female Singer and later performed on the Academy Awards show. She was named Best New Singer of 1956 by Down Beat and Billboard Magazine and co-hosted the 1958 Emmy Awards. Ms. King has had a varied career, appearing on "The Today Show", "The Tonight Show", "American Bandstand", "The Jack Benny Show" and "The Bob Hope Christmas Show". She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and has helped to write and perform the theme for the NFLís TV series "The Men Who Played the Game". She also has a star on Hollywood Boulevard. Terry Gross, host of the PBS show "Fresh Air" says, "Peggy King is one of the foremost interpreters of American music. She should be declared a national treasure." 
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