I have been saving Lady Be Good for a Day where I have some good musicians to play with, because it’s such a fun tune to play as a band. Tonight, Jim Abraham and Brent Hawley are over to prepare for our gig opening for April Verch at Avogadro’s Number on Thursday night. We had a lot of fun getting ready, and I’m really looking forward to it. Any time I get to play with Brent and Jim it’s really a ball.
I remember hearing Lady Be Good for the first time when some fiddlers were jamming at Weiser. They encouraged me to jump in and take a turn at it. I went for it, and fell on my face, but if you don’t give it a go, you never do learn it. When I got home, I learned it, and even learned the lyrics. And, it’s a whole bowl of fun. Enjoy!
Lady Be Good according to Wikipedia
“Oh, Lady be Good!” is a 1924 (see 1924 in music) song by George and Ira Gershwin.
The song was introduced by Walter Catlett in the Broadway show, Lady, Be Good!, written by Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson, and the Gershwin brothers, starring Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire. It ran for 330 performances in its original Broadway run. The song is also performed in the 1941 film Lady Be Good, although the film itself is unrelated to the musical play.
A 1947 recording of the song became a hit for Ella Fitzgerald, notable for her scat solo. The song became readily identified with Fitzgerald, and she sang it many times in live performance. For her album Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959), it was sung as a ballad, arranged by Nelson Riddle.