“The Lady is a Tramp” is one of several popular songs which have become standards from the Broadway musical Babes in Arms, a 1937 show by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Originally scored at a moderate tempo, singers have typically sung at a brisker pace. Hart’s lyrics have hardly dated, even with references to long deceased celebrities like Noel Coward, Walter Winchell, and Robert Taylor. An example of Hart’s witty rhymes: (“I don’t like crap games with barons and earls/Won’t go to Harlem in ermine and pearls/Won’t Dish the dirt with the rest of the girls/That’s why the lady is a tramp.”) Frank Sinatra’s interpretation is one that is most indelibly in them minds of the public, though recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, Wesla Whitfield and Mel Torme also merit high praise. Instrumentalists tend to pick up the tempo even more than singers do; Stephane Grappelli, Oscar Peterson, Gerry Mulligan, and Kenny Drew have offered superior interpretations as well.