The song of the day for Thursday, February 2, 2017 is “The Lady Is A Tramp.”
About This Song
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote “The Lady Is A Tramp” in 1937 for the Broadway musical Babes In Arms, where it was introduced by Mitzi Green. The song was meant as a spoof on the high society of New York, where the singer is clear about what she likes to do, no matter what everyone else is doing. “The Lady Is A Tramp” has been sung by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne, among many others.
About This Version
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recorded “The Lady Is A Tramp” in 2011 for Bennett’s album Duets II. The arrangement is by Marion Evans, who we are honoring this month.
I still remember the first time I heard this recording. While at the office, I’d gotten a notice that Amazon had delivered Duets II to my doorstep. I rushed home and couldn’t wait to listen. I put the CD in the stereo and the first thing I heard was that great brassy introduction to “The Lady Is A Tramp,” followed by fantastic singing from Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga. It was love at first listen.
“The Lady Is A Tramp,” as well as Duets II, is available from iTunes.