November 3, 2017

Peggy Lee/Benny Goodman - Why Don't You Do Right?

Eclectic MixTape:   Track-of-the-Day

Why don't you do right, like some other men do?
Get out of here and get me some money too

One wonders how the PC crowd would view this today:  a creepy older gentleman, Mr. Goodman, checks out 21-yr-old Peggy Lee, quite lasciviously, shaking his tuckus, as she delivers the verses, a lyric that dares to suggest women must depend on men for money, while periodically whipping out his phallic clarinet to blow the chorus into her microphone. 

Well, guess what – NO ONE CARES !   This is a timeless classic that will be enjoyed many hundreds of years hence, largely for the stylish solos of Benny Goodman and the understated (and underrated) vocal from Lee, precociously incorporating lessons learned from Billie Holiday re: tone/phrasing, albeit ‘smoothed’ a bit (e.g., not hanging out behind the beat quite so much).

New York - July 27, 1942

(Fun Fact:  The original version of this tune was quite different (!), recorded by the Harlem Hamfats as "The Weed Smoker's Dream")