REVIEW WRITTEN BY ROB NAGY
For Digital First Media
Thirty-six years since her last studio album, Philly’s Peggy King returns to the spotlight with a brand new release, “Songs a la King,” on Fresh Sound Records.
Backed by “The All Star Jazz Trio,” featuring Andy Kahn (piano), Bruce Klauber (drums) and Bruce Kaminsky (bass), the eighteen-song record features a treasure trove of American music classics.
Delivered by the charismatic chanteuse, “Songs a la King” is a timeless, nostalgic album capturing King’s unmistakable vocals and commanding presence. One of the remaining traditional vocalists King, at 85, is still capturing the hearts and ears of fans.
Standout tracks include “Let’s Fall In Love,” “Cry Me a River,” “Any Questions,” “Maybe You’ll Be There,” “How About You?’ “Born To Be Blue,” “The Boy Next Door,” “Dearly Beloved.” “While We’re Young” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”
King rose to prominence in the mid 1950’s as a regular on comedian George Gobel’s TV show. She was a regular guest on a variety of TV programs, in film and radio. On the concert stage, King worked along side Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Torme’, Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner and Bob Hope. King’s work earned her the distinction as one of the first stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1960.
In recent years, King was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia (2010). She also appeared in the 2013 Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary on Liberace, “Behind the Candelabra,” performing an on-screen rendition of “When Liberace Winks at Me.”
Currently, King regularly performs with the All Star Jazz Trio throughout the region. Lucky fans can sometimes catch King joining the trio’s regular gig on Wednesday evenings upstairs at Square on Square, 1905 Chestnut St., in downtown Philly.
Meanwhile, be sure to enjoy the wonderfully satisfying servings of “Songs a la King.”