Bombshell Peggy Lee with the Dave Barbour Quartet performing 'Why Don't You Do Right?" She is all that. No, really. Very sexy, tough, smart, and that ..... sultry purr that inevitably became her trademark. My kind of broad. She survived a very difficult childhood, losing her mother by the age of four and being forced to endure both an alchoholic father and an abusive stepmother until she could escape at 17.