The song of the day for Saturday, July 2, 2016 is “The Lady Is Tramp.”
About This Song
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote “The Lady Is A Tramp” 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. More recently, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga sang a duet of this song on their 2011 album “Duets II.”
About This Version
Today’s version of “The Lady Is A Tramp” was recorded in 1973 for the album Tony Bennett Sings 10 Rodgers & Hart Songs, released in 1975 on Bennett’s own Improv label. Accompanying Bennett on this album is the The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet, featuring Braff on cornet, Barnes on guitar, Wayne Wright on guitar and John Guiffrida on bass. This quartet, with no piano or drums, is absolutely sublime for this body of Rodgers and Hart recordings.
“The Lady Is Tramp,” as well as The Complete Improv Recordings, is available from iTunes.
It’s Saturday and our video today is the great duet of “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, from 2011. This version of our song of the day is by Marion Evans.