Combining a tribute to Peggy Lee, one of the best…and most… popular vocalists of our era with a causa noble worthy of our support, the Rosarito Beach Hotel’s Salon Mexicana main showroom is proud, in cooperation with Peggy Lee Associates, LLC, to be hosting the internationally acclaimed Stacy Sullivan’s ‘Peggy’s Back’ live performance set for Saturday evening, October 28th with a matinee reprise following on Sunday afternoon, October 29th.
Both of these events are officially sanctioned by Holly Foster Welles, Official Administrator of The Peggy Lee Estate. Prior to Saturday’s event, a Silent Auction will take place featuring original art by some of Baja’s most famous artists as well as unique items of value from the collections of giants of the musical genre including the aforementioned Miss Lee as well as the estates of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Bing Crosby, Bobby Darrin, and Frank Sinatra. All of these and other surprise items will be on display for bidding when the doors open on Saturday evening, October 28th.at 5:00 PM.
By the way, ‘Peggy’s Back’ goes one better than a double entendre. Not only is this a ‘return- to-Rosarito’ premier performance by the talented Ms Sullivan and the proposed title of the tribute recording & televised special to follow, the eponymous photo (no pun intended) that accompanies this article will bring back pleasant memories of the fabulous artist being honored.
Stacy Sullivan is an award-winning recording artist, film, television and stage actress. Her critically acclaimed one-woman show, “It’s a Good Day-A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee,” has been performed at famous venues around the world including, to name just a few, The Brasserie Zendel in London and The Cafe Carlyle in New York. Her six albums, including the latest classic performances from her previously mentioned award-winning live performances, can be heard regularly on WNYC, Sirius XM, and international radio stations. Sullivan is the recipient of numerous awards: the 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year & the 2016 MAC Award for “Major Artist” from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, the 2016 Broadway World Award, as well as the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist. Her vocal artistry has been described by The New York Times as “Thrilling,” “Audacious,” and “Compelling.” The Wall Street Journal called her performances “Cabaret for Thinking People.” Clive Davis of The London Times described her as “…a commanding, willowy presence who embodies that rare combination of vulnerability and worldliness.” The Nation, said “Sullivan is a singer of exceptional sensitivity and interpretive skill” and The Times Square Chronicle’s reviewer waxed rhapsodic: “it only happens sometimes…a performer who can captivate an audience on many levels…voice, phrasing, acting, persona, sensuality, physical beauty…and who also swings! She has that extra wisp in her singing that leaves you breathless and everything she does musically flows naturally. For me, a performance is memorable when its glow lasts the entire ride home. This one had me smiling the next morning.”
For more complete info, go to stacysullivan.com
Did you know that Peggy Lee stayed at the Rosarito Beach Hotel in the 1940’s? Here are some comments made by her in her award-winning autobiography, “Miss Peggy Lee”:
“…we packed our luggage and ourselves into our convertible and drove to the Rosarito Beach Hotel down between Tijuana and Ensenada. It was the firs ttime I had ever been across the border and it was fascinating. After all the stress we had been under, it was also a perfect change. The totally relaxed attitiude of the people was just what we needed…I was so impressed with the seemingly happy, relaxed spirit of the place that…you might have guessed it…it inspired me to write the song ‘Mañana.’ David (editor’s note: Peggy’s husband/accompanist Dave Barbour) got his guitar out and we had so much fun putting it all together. Of course, we had no idea it would be such a tremendous hit. I remember when we recorded it how contagious the happiness was. And Carmen Miranda’s Brazilians, her musicians, added a lot with their effervescent samba rhythm. What a dear lady Carmen was, and the Brazilians were perfect for ‘Mañana’. When we recorded the song we used what I believed was the first broad fade…a gradual turning down of of the volume on the studio recording equipment until the sound completely fades out. In this case, though, the Brazilians actually sambaed out of the studio and down the street, playing and singing ‘mañana, mañana…’
As Dick Foster, the impresario of the concert, told us “…it is certainly ‘circle of life’ serendipity that October’s events will take place at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, where Peggy Lee wrote one of her most popular songs, Mañana on hervery first visit across the border.”
Ticket information will be available shortly online at: http://www.peggyleerosarito.org
In the meantime, enter both of these dates… October 28th and October 29th…into your calendar of not-to-be-missed events.