Lester Young — I Can’t Get Started— plus Ella Fitzgerald’s version

Thanks to Lennart Lank aka helluvagun

The Lester Young Trio recorded I Can’t Get Started (With You) in Los Angeles , on July 15 1942.

The Trio, consisted of Lester Young, Tenor Sax; Nat Cole, piano; Red Callender, Bass. Lester Young was for many years lead tenor sax player for the Count Basie Band. He also added  much to the Billie Holiday recording sessions organized by Teddy Wilson, in the late 1930’s. Lester Young was famous as a “hipster” long before the 1950’s Beatnik fad.

I Can’t Get Started (With You) written 1936 Vernon Duke, music, Ira Gershwin, lyric. Originally written for Zeigfeld Follies of 1936, first sung by Bob Hope. The most famous instrumental version was by Bunny Berigan.  Best selling  vocal versions were sung by Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.

But, I haven’t played enough of Ella Fitzgerald so here’s her vocal version with Nelson Riddle:

Thanks to Gustavo Morales Battaglini for the You Tube


About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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