Peggy Lee Dies At 81 Singer Peggy Lee died yesterday at her home in Calif. at the age of 81. She was born on May 26, 1920, in Jamestown, N.D. She said her childhood was pretty bleak and the only solace she found was music on the radio. She vowed to join that world. Lee burst into that world as the singer with Benny Goldman's band in 1941. She set out on her own and wrote and arranged such hits as, Fever, I Don't Know Enough About You, and Manana. Karen Michel has an appreciation.