Here's "The Trolley Song," which opened "Get Happy! Judy Garland 1944-'54" at Feinstein’s/54 Below in June. It's the first time we performed this arrangement, based on Judy's first known public performance of the song with Johnny Green at the piano in 1944. It's the only time I ever heard her sing the chorus part, and there are special lyrics to make it fit.
From the beginning, George Gershwin felt that a song he and Ira had just penned for the film Shall We Dance had, in his words, "distinct potentialities of going places." The song was "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and he was right: the film (starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) wasn't even released until May 7, 1937, but between March and June of that year, everybody who was anybody was already recording it: Ozzie Nelson, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Carl Fenton, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie with their respective orchestras....and, of course, Fred Astaire with Johnny Green and his Orchestra.Read More