Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Lady Is A Tramp

A signature Rat Packish interpretation of this Rodgers and Hart song from the very underrated Buddy Greco circa 1962. Some say Darin stole finger popping from Greco. Over at pseudo-intellectalism there's a Sarah Palin version here and on a follow up post some original lyrics From wikipedia:
born Armando Greco, 14 August 1926, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and pianist. Greco began playing piano at the age of four. His first professional work was playing with Benny Goodman's band. Most of Greco's work has been in the jazz and pop genres. He has had hits such as "Oh Look A-There, Ain't She Pretty", "The Lady is a Tramp", and "Around the World". He has recorded about 65 albums and 100 singles. He has had an active concert career playing in symphony halls, theatres, nightclubs, and Las Vegas showrooms (in the 1960s he made appearances with the Rat Pack). On screen, he had a memorable turn as the nightclub singer, Lucky, in the 1969 film, The Girl Who Knew Too Much. Greco has recorded albums for Columbia, Reprise and Pye his most popular albums were On Stage and Buddy's Back in Town both recorded on Columbia. His most successful single was "The Lady is a Tramp" His albums were regarded as being well crafted in similar vein to Sinatra. Greco recorded an album entitled Movin' On which included his version of the Marvin Gaye standard "What's Going On". Greco recorded sporadically after this album, but the live shows kept on coming and he has performed in most of the top nightclubs in the world. His last nationally charted record was "From Atlanta to Goodbye" on the Scepter label in 1969. Married four times, Greco continues to appear at his club in Cathedral City, California. In the summer of 2008, Buddy toured the UK with his wife Lezlie Anders. Together they performed dates with The BBC Big Band and played venues such as Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London. Buddy also made history as the first Las Vegas Headliner to star at a British Casino when he performed in cabaret on August 8th at The Circus Casino, Star City, Birmingham.

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