Saturday, June 26, 2010

Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets! (featuring Sarah Vaughan)

You're absolutely right that Lola's gonna get whatever she wants!

Lola's divine friend Katie sent her this fabulous rendition by Gypsy Somerset (Jenna McDaniel) of the classic "Whatever Lola Wants" as sung by the oh so fabulous diva Sarah Vaughan. (Jenna is lip syncing Vaughan.) The song is from the 1955 musical play Damn Yankees and also appeared in the film made from the play. It is based on the infamous and delightful Lola Montez.

Gypsy Somerset's black and white version (with a bleached out performer) is a little unusual (almost ghostly!) and made Lola want to see more of the real Sarah Vaughan. In this clip, "Sassy" (Vaughan) sings "Perdido" (a fascinatingly bizarre Mexican-themed song that sounds a lot like Carmen Miranda's "Paducah" from Busby Berkeley's The Gang's All Here), engaging in her own little bit of tropicalization:

Next is a very nice video with clips of Vaughan singing "Sometimes I'm Happy," "They All Laughed," and a most wonderful rendition of "Maria" from West Side Story (Lola just loves how Sarah glistens from perspiration while singing "Maria" and also manages to look absolutely regal!):

Finally, here's an interesting tango trance remix by Gotan Project & Sarah Vaughan:


Eternally yours,

The Divine Lola von Miramar

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