By People Staff
October 19, 1981 12:00 PM

Bernadette Peters

Nothing on this album was written after 1977. No matter; Peters, 33, gives Mean to Me, which dates to 1929, a poignant reading and does it as much justice as she does Elvis’ old No. 1 single Don’t or Little Anthony and the Imperials’ hit, Tears on My Pillow. She is never patronizing toward the tunes, even when they’re as silly as Dedicated to the One I Love or The Weekend of a Private Secretary, the Johnny Mercer-Bernie Hanighen novelty that jazz great Mildred Bailey liked to do too. Peters’ backup band is competent but adds less than the bigger names she used on her previous LP. In any case, she has carved out quite a cozy and entertaining niche for herself as a pop music archivist.