Oh, Lady Be Good!
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"Oh, Lady Be Good!" is a 1924 song by George and Ira Gershwin. It was introduced by Walter Catlett in the Broadway musical Lady, Be Good! written by Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson, and the Gershwin brothers and starring Fred and Adele Astaire. The song was also performed by the chorus in the film Lady Be Good (1941), although the film is unrelated to the musical.
Recordings in 1925 were by Paul Whiteman, Carl Fenton, and Cliff Edwards. A 1947 recording of the song became a hit for Ella Fitzgerald, notable for her scat solo. For her album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959), it was sung as a ballad arranged by Nelson Riddle.
- Rob Agerbeek – Three of a Kind (1998)
- Fred Astaire – rec. December 1952 – The Astaire Story
- Count Basie – rec. February 4, 1939 (Decca)
- Buck and Bubbles – rec. December 26, 1933 (Columbia)
- Joe Carroll – The Man with the Happy Sound (1962)
- Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards – rec. January 2, 1925
- Carl Fenton and His Orchestra – recorded on December 11, 1924 (Brunswick)
- Ella Fitzgerald – with Bob Haggart (1947)
- Ella Fitzgerald – rec. 1959 – Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook
- Benny Goodman Trio – rec. April 27, 1936 as the B–side of China Boy (Victor)
- The Gordons with Dizzy Gillespie and Stuff Smith – rec. April 17, 1957
- Jack Hylton and his Orchestra – rec. March 29, 1926
- Buddy Lee with the Gilt–Edged Four – rec. May 17, 1926 (Columbia)
- Charlie Parker and Lester Young for Jazz at the Philharmonic, January 28, 1946
- Dianne Reeves – We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song (2007)
- Slim & Slam – rec. May 3, 1938 (Vocalion)
- Mel Tormé and Buddy Rich – Together Again: For the First Time (1978)
- Paul Whiteman and His Orchestra – rec. December 29, 1924 (Victor)
- John Wilson Orchestra– Gershwin in Hollywood, live at the Royal Albert Hall (2016)
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