Oh, Lady be Good! (1959)

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George Gershwin
Ira Gershwin

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"Oh, Lady be Good!" is a 1924 (see 1924 in music) song by George and Ira Gershwin.

The song was introduced by Walter Catlett in the Broadway show, Lady, Be Good!, written by Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson, and the Gershwin brothers, starring Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire. It ran for 330 performances in its original Broadway run. The song is also performed in the 1941 film, Lady Be Good, though the film itself is unrelated to the musical play.

A 1947 recording of the song became a hit for Ella Fitzgerald, notable for her scat solo. The song became readily identified with Fitzgerald, and she sang it many times in live performance. For her album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959), Oh, Lady be Good! was sung as a ballad, arranged by Nelson Riddle.

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Lady Be Good mojo

This became one of Ella's standards--just not in the incarnation heard here.

THIS "Lady Be Good" is a slow, standard ballad, which Ella sings as magnificently as always. And it being a ballad, Nelson Riddle brings out the...

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Lady Be Good (1961?)

A short (two minute) clip of Ella swinging "Lady Be Good". The comments seem to think it was in the early 60s.

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Lady Be Good (1979)

Another great performance by Lady Ella being good to US! In the intro she describes this rendition as "a little groovier". So very 70s of her!

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Lady Be Good with Mel Torme

Just like the title says--Ella trading scats with Mel Tormé. Just a thirty-second teaser--how I would LOVE to find the entire clip!

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Lady Be Good with Count Basie

Two legends show us young whippersnappers how it's DONE! You'll notice they get a standing ovation just for walking out on stage. And then proceed to blow the audience right out of their seats all over again....

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