Peggy Connelly

Peggy Connelly

Peggy Connelly, 1956
Background information
Birth name Peggy Lou Connelly
Born (1931-09-25)September 25, 1931
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
Died June 11, 2007(2007-06-11) (aged 75)
Fort Worth, Texas
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Labels Bethlehem
Associated acts The Jazzberries, The New Christy Minstrels

Peggy Connelly (September 25, 1931 – June 11, 2007) was a singer and actress, and former wife of Dick Martin (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), with whom she had a son, Cary Martin.[1]


Connelly was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She had a career as a singer and actress, starting with local dance bands (the first Harvey Anderson's) in the Fort Worth-Dallas area. In 1956 she recorded an album of standards, Peggy Connelly with Rusell Garcia – That Old Black Magic, for Bethlehem Records, reissued by Fresh Sound on Russell Garcia's Wigville Band.[2] She also recorded two albums with The New Christy Minstrels.

Connelly appeared in The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955), Houseboat (1958), and the television show Take a Good Look with Ernie Kovacs.[1]

She moved to Europe in the early 1970s and worked as a single act until the mid-1990s, when she, Sarah Tullamore and Wendy Taylor formed a trio called The Jazzberries. The Jazzberries played extensively in Paris and throughout Europe until they disbanded in 2000.

According to Anthony Summers in Sinatra: The Life (2005), Connelly was a girlfriend of Frank Sinatra.


  1. 1 2 Scott, Vernon (10 December 1959). "Ernie Kovacs' Curvesome Foil May Have Town's Zaniest Job". Gadsden Times. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  2. "Russell Garcia's Wigville Band, feat. Peggy Connelly". Blue Sounds. Retrieved 24 September 2016.


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