“100 Years of Peggy Lee” and “Marley: A Family Legacy,” two new exhibits curated by the Los Angeles Grammy Museum, will open on Wednesday, February 9th. Lee’s exhibit will run through Sept. 5, while the Marley Family exhibit will run for an additional month through Oct. 16.
“The Grammy Museum has a long-standing relationship with the Marley family and recently partnered with the Peggy Lee family to present an online exhibition celebrating Lee’s centenary,” said Nicholas Vega, curator and exhibition director. , in a statement. “These exhibitions continue to honor and recognize the enduring legacies of these innovative artists.”
Both artists are kings of music. Lee received an award for his lifelong success from the Academy of Recording in 1995. Bob Marley received a posthumous award in 2001. Lee was inducted into the Composers Hall of Fame in 1999. Marley was voted in the SHOF in 2010. In addition, Marley was voted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
“100 Years of Peggy Lee”
Over the course of seven decades, Lee redefined the role of the singer. In addition to accumulating more than 270 songwriting credits, 1,100 masters, 50 original albums, 800 radio performances, and 200 television appearances, Lee also conquered acting and film music composition.
The singer received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Pete Kelly’s blues (1955). Three years later, she became the first Grammy-nominated woman on the album of the year, for her smoking version of “Fever” (1958). He won a Grammy for his 1969 hit “Is That All There Is”.
Lee died in 2002 at the age of 81. May 26, 2020 would have been his 100th birthday.
Artifacts from the “100 Years of Peggy Lee” exhibit include handwritten notes, drawings, and paintings by Lee; jewelry and accessories, such as the necklace Lee wore in the 1952 film, The Jazz Singer; personal items, including a letter from Frank Sinatra and a gift from Quincy Jones; The Lady and the Vagabond character models given to Lee by Walt Disney; Dave Barbour’s Gibson guitar; and rare photographs and scrapbooks.
“Marley: A Family Legacy”
Bob Marley took reggae to its highest heights. Legend, a 1984 compilation of his work with The Wailers, is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Currently, the RIAA classifies it as 15 times platinum. It is one of 29 certified albums with 15 million or more sales. The reggae musician sang to the oppressed and oppressed, and he became a powerful inspiration to anyone who believed that music could change the world.
Marley died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36. Even today, more than 40 years after her death, Marley’s message and music continue to inspire people around the world. Marley’s story doesn’t end here, though. Their sons and daughters carry out their work in their own unique way.
The first sign that music would play a major role in the lives of Marley children was through the Melody Makers, a group that included a young Sharon, Cedella, Ziggy and Stephen Marley. Later, after Ziggy and Stephen embarked on solo careers, other descendants of Marley engaged in music and other business. Sons Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley have left their mark on reggae and hip-hop. Cedella Marley became the general manager of her father’s estate while publishing numerous children’s books. Sharon continues to uphold the principles advocated by her father.
Most members of the Marley family have artifacts in the “Marley: A Family Legacy” exhibit. These include, Sharon and Cedella Marley: custom made It catches fire Cedella Marley clothing suits; Ziggy Marley: Ovation guitar; Julian Marley: Dashiki top used in the Like me album cover; Ky-Mani Marley: Ovation guitar; Damian Marley: Distant relatives album test; Rita Marley: I-Three Dress and Wrap; in addition to a custom edition Bob Marley tribute Gibson guitar.
Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive drum lesson called “Learn How to Play Reggae Drums With Santa Davis”. Davis has played drums for Bob Marley, Augustus Pablo, Peter Tosh and many other Jamaican reggae artists. Since 2003, he has saved time for Ziggy Marley and his band. One of the innovators of the unique Jamaican drum style, Davis teaches how to create “off beat” reggae. Guests can take a seat in the kit for a reggae drums lesson.