Frank Sinatra

The Lady Is a Tramp

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“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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
A Swingin' Affair! 1957 Capitol 3:14
20 Golden Greats 1978 EMI Classics
Les Plus Beaux Succès de Frank Sinatra 1989
No Image 1990 Capitol
The Reprise Collection 1990 Reprise 2:56
The Capitol Years 1990 Capitol / EMI Records 3:15
Sinatra Reprise: The Very Good Years 1991 Reprise 2:56
The Best of the Capitol Years 1992 Capitol 3:14
Concepts 1992 Capitol 3:16
Sinatra 80th: All the Best 1995 Capitol / EMI Records 3:15
Sings the Select Rodgers & Hart 1995 Capitol / EMI Records
Song Book [Musketeer] 1996 Musketeer Records
My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra [1 CD] 1997 WEA International 3:04
Frank Sinatra Gold 1998 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:16
Gold [AMW/EMI] 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution 3:16
Golden Voices: Original Artists 1998 Madacy 3:16
Voice [Madacy] 1998 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:16
Rat Pack Collection [Madacy] 1998 Madacy 0:00
Classic Sinatra: His Greatest Performances 1953-1960 2000 Capitol 3:16
The Best of Frank Sinatra [One Way] 2001 Ummm Records 1:49
Eee-O-11: The Best of the Rat Pack 2001 Capitol / EMI Records 3:15
Gold Collection [Deja Vu] 2001 Retro Music 3:06
The Essential 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:15
Hits: Platinum Collection 2004 EMI Music Distribution 3:15
No Image 2008 Warner Bros.
100 Hits: American Songbook 2009
Various Artists
DMG 100
Sinatra: Best of the Best 2011 Capitol / EMI 3:15
London 2014 Universal / Universal Music 2:57
Ultimate Sinatra: The Centennial Collection 2015 Capitol 3:14
Hollywood Hits [Big 3]
Various Artists
Big 3 3:16
No Image Must Have Records / Zebralution 3:15
No Image Phantom
No Image
Various Artists