Sunday, February 8, 2009

I Can’t Get Started

Music by Vernon Duke, lyrics by Ira Gershwin

This rendition features the complete lyrics and a superb (but uncredited) saxophonist.

This song was introduced by Bob Hope, who sang it to Eve Arden in “Ziegfeld Follies of 1936.” It was sung for laughs, while Eve Arden made caustic comments about Bob Hope’s passionate interest.

“Ziegfeld Follies of 1936" trivia:
This was Fanny Brice’s last appearance in a Broadway show and George Balanchine’s Broadway debut as a choreographer. Despite the name, Florenz Ziegfeld had been dead for over three years (the Schubert Brothers had purchased the rights to Ziegfeld’s name).

Bunny Berigan (trumpet & vocals - 1937)

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