5 different renditions of a Cole Porter classic: MISS OTIS REGRETS & MEIN MANN IST VERHINDERT

— Preface —

This has been always one of my favorite songs: Cole Porter’s haunting song Miss Otis Regrets.

This thread is not an article, it’s kinda lecture on how different one and the same song can be delivered by exceptional artists, so that it’s not tiresome at all to listen to all renditions in a row.

Enjoy the walk through history!

Sincerely yours truly,

Brew

— Bulk —

The First Lady of Song may have the first word. This is also the very first version I ever heard of the song. Ella Fitzgerald as I love her most: In the most intimate setting of vocal & piano only, here accompanied by Paul Smith in 1956.

I have transferred this track from her widely praised Cole Porter album.

Since the old LP was very worn, I had to remove some clicks; but now it’s digestible:

Miss Otis Regrets

MISS OTIS REGRETS
Words & music by Cole Porter

Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today.
She is sorry to be delayed,
but last evening down in Lover’s Lane she strayed, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today.

When she woke up and found that her dream of love was gone, madam,
She ran to the man who had led her so far astray,
And from under her velvet gown,
She drew a gun and shot her lover down, madam,
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today.

When the mob came and got her and dragged her from the jail, madam,
They strung her upon the old willow across the way,
And the moment before she died,
She lifted up her lovely head and cried, madam……
Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today.

Miss Otis regrets, she’s unable to lunch today.

Cole Porter, enjoying a happy moment at the piano

Ethel:

Edith:

Sorry for the annoying ad😦

Marlene:

Nat:

 

And as a sweet P.S., enjoy the lovely voice of Libby:

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