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Peggy Lee and Glenn Zottola

Love Held Lightly

Recorded Aug 29th and Sept 2 1988

Love Held Lightly

What an honor to do this album with Peggy. This was one of her last albums and she wanted to do a jazz album of rare Harold Arlen songs that have not been heard that much. What an amazing band with Myself , Ken Peplowski , George Masso , Phil Bodner along with Jay Leonhart and Grady Tate. The arrangements were beautifully done by pianist Keith Ingam who i had done several of Maxinne Sullivan’s albums with prior. Funny story as i had not met Peggy before this session and we really hit it off not only musically but telling each other Benny Goodman stories. She said to me “do you know what Benny paid me for my big hit that i wrote “Why don’t you do me right”  ?   I knew what might be coming but was shocked when she said $25.00 including the session !   Peggy’s health was not good and she did this album in a wheel cheer but her spirit was great and that voice unmistakable. Also i mentioned t her all my work with Maxinne Sullivan and she said Maxinne was a huge influence on her and i never thought of it before but i can definetly see the similarily in her style with Maxinne with that light no effort natural swinging approach they both have delivering a song in it’s most simple beautiful way like Billie Holiday check out “got to wear you off my mind”. These are moments that make it all worth it. One more thing kind of inside and i hope Peggy wouldn’t mind me related this story. She did this album in a wheelchair due to her health with a nurse in the studio. She told me she got TB years ago in Europe and only had one lung. The point i want to make was her spirit was so beautiful at the session we laughed and told stories and she sang her heart out. Try to imagine me sitting there seeing Peggy Lee with all her glorious history in a wheelchair singing the very last tune on this album  “My Shining Hour” just her and John Chiodini on guitar and check out the lyrics of this song as she departed shortly after and what a statement.   What i way to sign off and  I will never forget that moment !  I feel so fortunate to have had these experiences. Glenn

Got To Wear You Off My Mind :

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Maxinne Sullivan and Glenn Zottola

Maxine Sullivan Sings the Music of Jule StyneAs you can see i have had the privilege to work with some great singers and stars from Sinatra to Tony Bennett , Mel Torme , Ella Fitzgerald , Peggy Lee , Joe Williams and many more. There is one singer extremely underrated who was a “musicians singer” meaning she was truly part of the band Maxine Sullivan who had a big hit in the 40s on a Celtic folk song she did swing style called “Lock Lomond”. She guested on my Christmas Album and i did several albums for her. We also traveled on the road together and did many live gigs. Maxine played trumpet also and i have a video of that i have to get transferred to DVD. She was an inspiration to a lot of people including Peggy Lee and she knew how to deliver a song in the most simple direct way and she could swing. This is the second album i did for her which was all Jule Styne music and Maxine was in her 70s at the time. There was one song on this album we did together “Killing Time” and the story goes that the lyricist was dying of cancer when she wrote these lyrics. I wanted to share this poignant moment and song with you and i decided to use the Harmon Mute for the solo on this song as i thought it was appropriate to the mood and the message. Glenn

Love Held Lightly

Love Held LightlyWhat an honor to do this album with Peggy.  This was one of her last albums and she wanted to do a jazz album of rare Harold Arlen songs that have not been heard that much.  What an amazing band with myself and Ken Peplowski along with Jay Leonhart and Grady Tate. The arrangements were beautifully done by pianist Keith Ingam who I had done several of Maxinne Sullivan’s albums with him pior.   Continue reading Love Held Lightly