Fever, Peggy Lee, 1958

Accompanied only by bass, limited drums, and finger snaps.

Wikipedia:

In May 1958, Peggy Lee recorded a cover version of “Fever” in Hollywood, which featured significantly rewritten lyrics composed by Lee herself without credit. … The uncopyrighted lyrics by Lee featured historical invocations (including the verses beginning “Romeo loved Juliet,” and “Captain Smith and Pocahontas”) and are now generally thought of as a standard part of the song; they have been included in most subsequent covers of “Fever”.

“Fever” was nominated in the categories for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance at the 1st Annual Grammy Awards held in 1959. The track became Lee’s signature song and her best-known work in addition to becoming her most successful hit. It was ranked at number 100 in the book and the accompanying list 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery. Joey Cohn ranked it as the tenth-best jazz vocal in a list of 50 Great Jazz Vocals on NPR*.

Lee’s Lyrics:

Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever that’s so hard to bear
You give me fever

When you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight
Fever! In the mornin’, a-fever all through the night

Sun lights up the daytime
Moon lights up the night
I light up when you call my name
And you know I’m gonna treat you right
You give me fever

When you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight
Fever! In the mornin’, a-fever all through the night

Everybody’s got the fever
That is something you all know
Fever isn’t such a new thing
Fever started long ago

Romeo loved Juliet
Juliet, she felt the same
When he put his arms around her
He said, “Julie, baby, you’re my flame”
Thou giveth fever

When we kisseth, fever with thy flaming youth
Fever! I’m a fire, fever, yeah, I burn forsooth

Captain Smith and Pocahontas
Had a very mad affair
When her daddy tried to kill him
She said, “Daddy, oh, don’t you dare”
He gives me fever

With his kisses, fever when he holds me tight
Fever! I’m his missus, daddy, won’t you treat him right?

Now you’ve listened to my story
Here’s the point that I have made
Chicks were born to give you fever
Be it Fahrenheit or Centigrade
They give you fever

When you kiss them, fever if you live and learn
Fever! ‘Til you sizzle
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn
What a lovely way to burn

* Here’s Joey Cohn’s list. I’m getting lost in it.

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