92Y’s latest Lyrics & Lyricists™ show, “Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee,” opens on Feb 23 and we did a Q&A series with some of the guests.
Here’s our last one, with “Peggy Lee” special guest Marilyn Maye.
What’s your favorite song from the American Songbook? “It’s Today” (my mantra).
What other artists would you like to perform with whom you haven’t yet? Jack Jones or Clint Holmes.
What is your favorite “guilty pleasure” song beyond the American Songbook—rock, country, hiphop, etc? Ray Charles songs (in fact, I’ve recorded a complete CD of them.)
What was your first professional gig? In Topeka, at ages 11 and 12, each Saturday morning, I was the emcee of “The Bri’ar Fox Shows.” Around the same time, I sang with a big band on Saturday nights.
If you weren’t a performer, what would you do? Probably interior design! Or die!
What’s your favorite restaurant? I love too many to claim a favorite but any restaurant that serves oysters: New Orleans, Provincetown, Galveston, Texas.
Read the previous Q&A’s with La Tanya Hall, Gabrielle Stravelli and Barbara Fasano.
Give Me Fever: The Many Voices of Peggy Lee, opens Feb 23.