Watch Peggy Lee’s Elegant ‘I Feel It’ From ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ Archive
A vintage clip from the great Peggy Lee singing a 1967 hit is one of the latest gems to emerge from the vaults of The Ed Sullivan Show. The North Dakota songwriter is seen on the October 1, 1967 issue performing her new single “I Feel It.”
Also included is Sullivan’s introduction, in which he observes that Mrs. Lee made her first appearance on the famous variety series in 1948, the year it was created. The show was officially called city toast in those early years, but was also widely known by the name which became its official title in 1955.
Ms. Lee was a frequent guest on Sullivan throughout its history, which ended in 1971. In the 1967 episode in question, in season 21, its co-stars were Nancy Sinatra and comedian George Carlin. Also newly available on the official website Ed Sullivan Show YouTube page are his performances of “Mountain Greenery” of November 1962 and “Nice ‘N’ Easy & Close Your Eyes” from a month later.
Sullivan also introduces the distinguished musicians who accompany the singer, even if they are not visible on screen. From the Ray Bloch Orchestra are Toots Thielemans, Grady Tate and his pianist Lou Levy, whose long association with Ms. Lee lasted from 1955 to 1973.
“I Feel It”, written by Ernie Sheldon and Frank Hamilton, was a non-LP single by Peggy Lee released in 1967. It came at a time when her 45s did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but she enjoyed a string of substantial hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. His version of “Big Spender” had reached No. 6 in that format the previous year, and “I Feel It” was No. 8.
In 2010, the song was one of no less than 12 tracks added to the reissue of 2 shows every night, a live album scheduled for release by Capitol in November 1968. As its website explains, “The album was pulled before its release date due to Peggy’s dissatisfaction with the final mix. The relatively few copies that managed to be released – most being promotional copies for radio and publicity purposes – were sold by private collectors, often for hundreds of dollars. It is widely recognized as his rarest album.
Buy or stream “I Feel It” on the extended reissue of 2 shows every night.