It’s Covered–Puttin’ On the Ritz

It being Monday morning and all, I thought it would be appropriate to ease ourselves into the work week with a little cover song action. Considering some of you might be wishing it was anything but Monday morning, I’ve decided to give us all a little bit of a jazzy swing to get the blood flowing.

Depending on what age bracket you find yourself in, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” will strike a different resonance with you. The song was written by Irving Berlin in 1929, originally for the musical film of the same name. Since then, it’s been covered by everyone from Clark Gable to an all-metal take by Leningrad Cowboys.

For me, there were two defining versions of the track. First was Taco’s synth-pop version from the early 80s. They were a one hit wonder band, sure, but there was something breezy about their version. And, of course, there was the Young Frankenstein version. When Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks were going strong, they put out some of the funniest movies of all times, and this scene ranks among their finest.

To get back to the Monday morning vibe, however, I’ve also included a couple of nice and mellow versions by the Velvet Fog and the First Lady of Song.


mp3: Puttin’ on the Ritz (Mel Torme)

mp3: Puttin’ on the Ritz (Ella Fitzgerald)

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