The Lady Is A Tramp

Today marks the end of Rodgers & Hart month. There’s no better song with which to close it out.

The Lady Is A Tramp was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the smash hit 1937 musical Babes In Arms. It was featured in the 1957 film version of R & H’s hit show Pal Joey. That’s why I associate it with the Chairman of the Board. Hence the Hayworth-Sinatra-Novak featured image.

This week’s post is bookmarked by two of my favorite artists: Sinatra and Oscar Peterson. We begin with Francis Albert.

Ella Fitzgerald’s version is *almost* as good as Frank’s.

Here are Frank and Ella together on his 1965 A Man and his Music teevee special:

It’s Miss Peggy Lee applying a Bossa Nova beat to the Rodgers & Hart classic.

A small group version from Lou Rawls:

Queen Latifah can do more than rap. Here’s her take on The Lady Is A Tramp from an Ella tribute album.

Finally, Anthony Benedetto d/b/a Tony Bennett and Stefani Germanotta d/b/a  Lady Gaga:

What would a Friday Cocktail Hour be without a jazz instrumental version of the week’s song? This time, Stephane Grappelli and Oscar Peterson:

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?

That’s it for this week. The last word goes to Larry Hart and Richard Rodgers.

3 thoughts on “The Lady Is A Tramp

  1. Do I love Frank’s version? Absolutely. But I’m going to give the edge to Ella, and not just because of that voice: this particular song sung by a woman (and especially in Ella’s interpretation) has a self-deprecating irony that gets lost when a guy does it. Frank likes the lady’s iconoclasm; Ella is giving a great big middle finger to social conventions.

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