Streisand on the Judy Garland Show
October 30, 2011 6:37 PM   Subscribe

Somewhat related: Peggy Lee sings Bewitched (yes, the tv theme had lyrics)
posted by hippybear at 6:45 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

I'm still voting for Ella on this song.
posted by HuronBob at 6:56 PM on October 30, 2011 [3 favorites]

Yes. Ella is great too. That song from Pal Joey was revived last year and I saw it in NY...not much of a show but about 3-4 great tunes, and that was one of them.
posted by Postroad at 7:05 PM on October 30, 2011

I will bet you just saw the PBS fundraiser special where Babs mentioned this? (And remember, only 97 more days to call in a donation.)
posted by NorthernLite at 9:00 PM on October 30, 2011

You know, watching this clip, it occurs to me for the first time: Björk copped a lot of her style from Barbara Streisand. And personally, it's that part of Björk's style that I don't especially care for: that particular type of delivery that strikes me as over-precious, and makes me cringe a little.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:44 PM on October 30, 2011 [1 favorite]

Definitely Ella FTW. Damn. What a voice. Utterly ageless.

Never really cared for Streisand's singing much--too self-consciously styled.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:52 AM on October 31, 2011 [2 favorites]

Streisand, hm, yes, well. A taste problem.

By contrast, listen to Sinatra's take. Phrasing is his own, but it embraces and enhances the music rather than just saying "Look at me, look at me!"

Pity, really, as Ms Streisand actually had the pipes and the technique. What she needed was a music director to keep her excesses in line.
posted by IndigoJones at 10:04 AM on October 31, 2011

I like Helen Forrest's sped-up version the best. (SLYT. Start listening at around 1:30) But even at the slower pace, Ella's unquestionably got the best voice.
posted by Anyamatopoeia at 11:29 AM on October 31, 2011

And Ella even does it sitting down. Top notch.
posted by readyfreddy at 10:19 PM on October 31, 2011

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