I have now purchased the Ethel Merman version and listened to it, it's very jazzed up and fun. This song is composed by George Gershwin with the lyrics by Ira Gershwin. I love the Judy Garland version as well. Ella, while she had an amazing voice, almost butchers the song. She bores it to death. She takes the jazz life out of it and makes it slow and steady. This is the opposite, it's written to be fun, jumping off the voice of the woman singing and tap dancing her heart out. It was the jazz era love, jazz, booze, and men!
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