Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
A few years back Bennett began working with Lady Gaga of all people. Turns out he saw something in her that the rest of us missed. When I first listened to Tony and Gaga on their duet performance of "The Lady is a Tramp" I nearly fell off my chair. That pop singer girl has a real jazz voice and she can sing the classics with the best of them. The song originates from the 1937 Rodgers and Hart musical Babes in Arms in which it was introduced by former child star Mitzi Green. It`s a a spoof of New York high society and its strict etiquette. The first line indicates the lady`s disdain for eating dinner at eight and there are references to the Harlem of the thirties as well as the Yankees from way back then. You will note that this song is still being covered 78 years later.
In 2011 the tune as well as the video received critical acclaim for the vocals of both Bennett and Gaga as well as for the simplicity of the video, which departs from Gaga's usual efforts. The song received praise from both E!and MTV. Other critics expressed hopes that Gaga would release her own jazz music after this successful effort.
I decided to use the Bennett-Gaga arrangement for my own little effort. This version features my voice only but I am working on convicing my daughter Erica to sing the Gaga part sometime in the near future.
-Brian K. Forrest
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