Vocalist Peggy King, one of the best-loved stars of TV’s Golden Age, as well as stage, screen and nightclubs, continues her amazing resurgence after nearly a 30-year absence, with a series of performances at the Metropolitan Room, accompanied by musical director Andy Kahn on piano. She was re-discovered last year in the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” in which Michael Douglas and Matt Damon watch a lengthy 1955 video clip of Peggy singing “When Liberace Winks at Me,” accompanied by the real Liberace on piano. It also became a popular YouTube video and is included on the Elektra soundtrack album.
“Pretty, perky Peggy King” has worked in films and television with nearly every star imaginable, from Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme (with whom she co-starred on a 50s TV series) to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Andre Previn, and her dozens of recordings through the years show just why she remains a favorite of America’s finest composers and lyricists.
Her major credits include film roles in the Vincente Minnelli classic “The Bad and the Beautiful” with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner, “Zero Hour” with Dana Andrews and Linda Darnell, three years as a television regular on “The George Gobel Show,” and guest-starring stints with Steve Allen, Pat Boone, James Garner, Bob Hope, Nat “King” Cole, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas, among many others. And yes, that’s Peggy King with Abbott and Costello in the cult favorite, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.” She also co-starred with Tab Hunter in the original Hugh Martin musical “Hans Brinker” and with Joel Grey, Celeste Holm and Cyril Ritchard in a TV musical version of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
King had a string of hits on Columbia Records, including “Make Yourself Comfortable,” “You Better Go Now” and “Learning to Love” and her albums include “Wish Upon a Star,” “Girl Meets Boy,” “Lazy Afternoon,” “Oh What a Memory We Made Tonight” and “Peggy King Sings Jerome Kern.”
Joe Regan Jr., reviewing a recent performance, noted “Her voice has lost none of its special purity. When she sang ‘Where or When,’ the years melted away in front of your eyes and she was suddenly the young Peggy King we remembered.” Syndicated columnist Rex Reed commented, "What a delectable talent she was and still is.” Jazz Times wrote, “Her intonation, interpretive powers, subtle sense of swing and range are all intact, and better than ever.” And Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote that "Peggy King delivers the same goods she delivered more than 40 years ago."
Andy Kahn - Musical Director
Andy Kahn is an acclaimed, successful pianist/vocalist who performs throughout the Tri-State area. He appears regularly in Philadelphia venues like World Café Live and Hedgerow Theatre. At Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City last summer, he headlined his own solo stage show in their Starlight Room. Andy Kahn is a performing "Artist in Residence" for Jacobs Music Company, representing Steinway & Sons pianos. Andy's special musical interest is presenting his “Great American Songbook" concert series, "Music by Intention." His shows are flavored with personal jazz interpretations of these 20th century popular standards. A gifted pianist, composer, arranger and record producer, Kahn has achieved international notoriety. He wrote, arranged and produced the Number 1 dance hit "Hot Shot" performed by vocalist Karen Young, earning him his first gold record in 1978. Andy continues to write, perform and lecture on jazz and popular standards, America's unique contribution to music and the arts.