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American Idol Made Me Look This up
After doing some research on the song "I Got Rhythm" I see that yes indeed Ella Fitzgerald did sing it. I have it on my computer from one of the cds I bought of hers. But I was right, so did Judy Garland. In fact, after some Wikipedia research I found this: A partial list of singers who have recorded this song would take up several pages. The most popular versions are those of The Happenings (#3 on the US charts in 1967), Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, and, more recently, Jodi Benson.

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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