Sammy Davis Jr. usually introduced "One For My Baby" as a song written for Astaire, hoofing (spelling..) on screen, which was his first love. "Just to see this man walk down the street is worth the price of admission."
Usually Sam proceeded to do impressions with the song as a backdrop, as he did in St. Louis in the Frank Sinatra Spectacular, available on DVD in the "Ultimate Rat Pack Collection", with Johnny Carson as MC.
My question is: is the tempo of "Baby" that Sam used for the show the same tempo from the Astaire movie?
Another question: Did Arlen and Mercer see the song as a faster tempo than the Sinatra versions? And if so, were they pleasantly surprised when they heard it as sung by Frank?
Getting back to "Miss Otis Regrets", I wonder if Cole Porter thought the song a mere parody of a country song, or something deeper, with jazz intonations, like Nat King Cole did at the Sands in his album?
(That might be a great thread subject: how did songwriters think their songs should be sung, and how far did that differ from singer's versions, and were they pleasantly or negatively surprised of the outcome? Anyway, stuff for another thread.)
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