Ella Fitzgerald: Lady Be Good & Mack the Knife ~ Swing, jazz and blues - Dance to the music

Monday, June 4, 2007

Ella Fitzgerald: Lady Be Good & Mack the Knife

In this video clip from 1961 Ella Fitzgerald sings something you don't hear every day: a ballad version of Lady Be Good. In fact all versions I've heard up 'til now has been uptempo. Very nice and sweet, sometimes strings can be too sweet but once in a while it's ok.

Ella Fitzgerald continues with Mack the Knife and picks up the pace. Now it's really swinging! I dig the piano playing (does anyone know who plays?)

What do you think of Ella Fitzgerald singing Lady Be Good and Mack the Knife? Tell me.


Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm lookin gor concert photographs of Ella Fitzgerald from the 80's trio playing with bass and keyboards

Henrik said...

I don't know where to find those concert photos but hopefully someone else does.

Thanks for stopping by.

tswa03 said...

Ah...Ella Fitzgerald. A beautiful time for music. When the artist actually had something to say, you know? I'm digging your blog, man. Maybe if you get a minute, you check me out. I'm just getting started, but hey...you gotta start somewhere.

Jerry Lee Lewis' Archivist said...

Hi, do you know an another rock'n'roll version of Lady Be Good by Ella Fitzgerald?
I don't know the year od this concert and I want to know it.
Good luck

Jerry Lee Lewis' Archivist said...
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Jerry Lee Lewis' Archivist said...

I've find it! It's live at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, 10/25/1957. Musicians: Roy Eldridge (tp), J.J. Johnson (tb), Sonny Stitt (as), Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Flip Phillips (ts), Oscar Peterson (p), Herb Hellis (g), Ray Brown (b), Connie Kay (d).