Luck Be a Lady

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"Luck Be a Lady" is a song written and composed by Frank Loesser in 1950 and first performed by Robert Alda. The song was featured in the musical Guys and Dolls.

The lyrics relate the point of view of a gambler, Sky Masterson, who hopes that he will win a bet, the outcome of which will decide whether or not he is able to save his relationship with the girl of his dreams.

Marlon Brando sang the song in the 1955 film version. In 2004 that version finished at #42 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Jack Jones recorded it for his 1964 album, Bewitched,[1] arranged by Shorty Rogers.

Later, it became a signature song for Frank Sinatra, first released on the compilation Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre and re-released on the album Sinatra '65: The Singer Today. It was released as a duet with Chrissie Hynde on Duets II (1994). The song was also recorded by Barbra Streisand for her album Back to Broadway, and appeared on The L Word's soundtrack in episode 4.06, where it was performed by Brian Setzer. Dee Snider performed it as a duet with Clay Aiken on Snider's 2012 album Dee Does Broadway, while the Cherry Poppin' Daddies recorded a version on their 2014 Rat Pack tribute Please Return the Evening.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was parodied in the Simpsons episode "Mayored to the Mob" as "Luke be a Jedi". It also has been used in the OST from The Cooler, a movie which deals with Casino life (and also death) in Las Vegas. It also had one line sung by the Doctor, in the Doctor Who episode "Rose". Frank Sinatra's version features prominently in the film Mrs. Doubtfire when Robin Williams' character, Daniel Hillard, is given a makeover to "become" a woman. The electronica group Fila Brazillia also references the song in the title of their album Luck Be a Weirdo Tonight.

In December 2011, Cîroc began airing an advertising campaign featuring Sean Combs and others in scenes reminiscent of the original Rat Pack, with a recording of Frank Sinatra singing "Luck Be a Lady" playing throughout the commercial as mood music.[2]


  1. ^ "Jack Jones - Bewitched". Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Diddy's Luck Be A Lady Cîroc Commercial (extended version) [Video]". 21 December 2011.

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