'Is That All there Is,' Peggy Lee (1969)

Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller during the 1960s, the tune became a hit for American singer <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002993" title="Peggy Lee" href="/topic/entertainment/music/peggy-lee-PECLB002993.topic">Peggy Lee</a> in November 1969. It was originally inspired by the 1896 story "Disillusionment" (Entt&auml;uschung) by German novelist <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001262" title="Thomas Mann" href="/topic/arts-culture/thomas-mann-PEHST001262.topic">Thomas Mann</a> and was recorded by several people before Lee, including Dan Daniels in March 1968 and Tony Bennet in 1969. It found fame in modern pop culture thanks to cover versions by artists such as P.J. Harvey, whose version popped up on the soundtrack for the 1996 biopic "Basquiat" about the influential <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100800000000" title="New York" href="/topic/us/new-york-PLGEO100100800000000.topic">New York</a> artist <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000153" title="Jean-Michel Basquiat" href="/topic/arts-culture/jean-michel-basquiat-PEHST000153.topic">Jean-Michel Basquiat</a>.<br>
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Key lyric: "Is that all there is? Is that all there is? If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing. Let's break out the booze and have a ball. If that's all there is."

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Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller during the 1960s, the tune became a hit for American singer Peggy Lee in November 1969. It was originally inspired by the 1896 story "Disillusionment" (Enttäuschung) by German novelist Thomas Mann and was recorded by several people before Lee, including Dan Daniels in March 1968 and Tony Bennet in 1969. It found fame in modern pop culture thanks to cover versions by artists such as P.J. Harvey, whose version popped up on the soundtrack for the 1996 biopic "Basquiat" about the influential New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Key lyric: "Is that all there is? Is that all there is? If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing. Let's break out the booze and have a ball. If that's all there is."

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