Mean to Me (1929 song)

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"Mean to Me" is a popular song with music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Roy Turk, published in 1929. The song is a popular standard, recorded by many artists.[1]


The first singer to record this song was Annette Hanshaw in 1929.

The song was also a hit for Helen Morgan in 1929.

Ruth Etting recorded the song in 1929.

An instrumental of the song was heard in the first Krazy Kat sound cartoon from 1929, Ratskin.

Billie Holiday recorded her version in 1937 with Lester Young and Teddy Wilson.

In 1946, Lester Young, Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich recorded the song, which was released on the album The Lester Young Trio No. 2.

Frank Sinatra recorded the song in 1947.[2]

Sarah Vaughan recorded the song for her album Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi (1950) and EP Hot Jazz (1953)

Doris Day recorded a version for the 1955 film Love Me or Leave Me.[3]

Julie London recorded the song for her album Lonely Girl (1956).

Dean Martin recorded the song in 1960 with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra for the album This Time I'm Swingin'!.

Betty Carter recorded the song in August 1960, released on her album The Modern Sound of Betty Carter.

Ella Fitzgerald included the song on her 1962 Verve release Ella Swings Brightly with Nelson, recorded with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra; the album won a Grammy Award in 1963.[citation needed] Fitzgerald recorded a new version in 1975, together with pianist Oscar Peterson on the album Ella and Oscar (Pablo Records).

Chet Baker included the song on his album Baker's Holiday: Plays & Sings Billie Holiday from 1965.

Anita O'Day recorded the song in 1975 in her album My Ship on that was rereleased on Kayo 2003.

Linda Ronstadt recorded the song with Nelson Riddle for her album Lush Life (1984).

Rosemary Clooney recorded the song for the album Dedicated To Nelson (1995).

New Orleans Jazz Vipers have also recorded the song (2005).

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