Whether you're into today's pop music or otherwise, Lady Gaga doesn't need any introduction. Her very name invites discussion and her chameleon-like changes of face, hair style, costume, has made her an enigma, even today. Many seniors who love 60's music may have heard of her but do not know her music.
She has the voice range of a contralto, the lowest female voice type, that is, soprano, mezzo-soprano and contralto. And her songs like Just Dance, Bad Romance, Poker Face, Paparazzi, Edge of Glory, Born This Way and Telephone are some of her hits. She is considered to be one of the best selling musicians of all time.
Born in the mid 80's she grew up listening to the music of The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, Led Zeppelin, Elton John and others.
So why is she appearing on a 60's music blog?
I've been watching her on You Tube (not live when she was here a few years ago) and appreciate some of her current hits but when I saw her perform again at half-time during the Super Bowl 2017 a few days ago, with her super-league championship display of vocal, musical and acrobatic talents, I realise she must be introduced to Singapore Seniors.
Whenever I asked some music friends to listen to her, the first usual comment would be their demolition of her strange name. And they are not impressed.
"Give me Aretha Franklin or Nancy Wilson anytime," they would reply.
"Or Natalie Cole," another senior would remark.
"Yes and Connie Francis," said a third.
Now why would a current pop singer with about 175 million albums and singles sold be interested in recording old jazz classics?
Here's the story. In 2011, after listening to Lady Gaga sing Nat Cole's Orange Colored Sky, Tony Bennett invited her to record Lady is a Tramp with him on Duet II, an album of jazz hits that included Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin and Sheryl Crow among other greats.
Who Can I Turn To, The Way You Look Tonight, Stranger In Paradise and On The Sunny Side of the Street were some of the songs recorded.
Then in late 2014, Lady Gaga did another jazz album with Tony Bennett. This time around she shared her album with no one except Bennett alone and singing with him, Cheek To Cheek.
Standards included those composed by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern. It was Lady Gaga's wish to introduce these songs to a younger generation of listeners as the songs are evergreens and have universal appeal.
In mid 2014, she started promoting the album. Her performances were either with or without Tony Bennett. At the same time, she decided to have another tattoo, a Miles Davies trumpet and proclaimed, "Its jazz time, world!"
They appeared at venues with smaller audiences and if you watch some of their videos on You Tube, you should be convinced that she belongs in the class of one of the world's great jazz singers.
Cheek To Cheek, Nature Boy, I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Sophisticated Lady and Goody Goody are just some of the songs I am familiar with.
Bridge the generation gap with her jazz goldies and like Christina Aguilar (*read my posting of her with Cher), I appreciate Lady Gaga just as much.
So senior readers, here is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Don't go gaga watching her. Listen to her sing...
Disclaimer: This post does not promote any album by any artiste.
Read Cher and Christina Aguilar:
Her many faces taken from:
You Tube: Lady Is A Tramp (tonybennettVIVO) and Cheek To Cheek (Ruben Christian)
I Wish @ Stevie Wonder Tribute.